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How to Remove the Most Common Stains – Red Wine and Tea

Picture this scenario – It’s Saturday night and you’re settling down to watch X-Factor after spending the afternoon giving your home a good clean. The lounge looks like a magazine cover, and it’s time to have a glass of red wine and relax… or so you thought! The first sip has managed to miss your mouth and make its way onto your clean sofa cushion. What do you do?

Don’t worry, we know that these accidents happen all the time, especially after you’ve just spent time cleaning. We thought we’d share a couple of  home cleaning secrets for removing these two tough but common stains.

 

 

Red Wine

It’s not unusual after a long day at work to accidentally doze off and spill your red wine on the sofa.  This is not the end of the world; just make sure to get some clean paper towels, table salt, washing up liquid and laundry detergent and follow these simple cleaning instructions:

  1. Use the paper towels to quickly blot the stained area until all excess moisture is removed
  2. Pour a thick layer of salt over the stained material
  3. Leave the salt for around three minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cold water

Then, if the stain is on a cushion:

  1. Remove the cushion cover to rinse thoroughly under the sink
  2. Wash the cushion cover in the washing machine with heavy-duty laundry detergent

Or, if the stain is on the arm of the sofa:

  1. Sponge the detergent on using a clean white cloth (make sure to be thorough when applying the soapy mix)
  2. Repeat the blotting process, rinsing the cloth with cold water when necessary, until it disappears from the fabric

 Tea

If you happen to spill a little of your tea whilst getting excited over the latest development on Eastenders, don’t stress – here’s what to do:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cold water
  2. Sponge the washing up liquid on using a clean white cloth (make sure to be thorough when applying the soapy mix)
  3. Repeat the blotting process, rinsing the cloth with cold water when necessary, until it disappears from the fabric

Check out our previous post on removing different types of tough stains and let us know if you have any good tips!

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