I want to address this because I'm always asked this question in interviews. How do you get out a red wine stain?
You see, I have a love of white furniture, white rugs, white accessories – a lot in my house is white. Of course, I also love red wine. About once every two or three weeks, I accidentally spill a bit of wine on my light beige and white carpet or my white couch. Without fail.
But you can never tell I had a spill at all.
I have a process I swear by, and it starts with Wine Away. You can buy it at Amazon or at most of your local wine shops (certainly Party Town and Party Source have it). You can even buy it in travel size (purse size!). It smells horrible – like someone dumped a lot of fake oranges into the bottle – but it's worth it. According to the Wine Away web site, the stain remover is made from fruit and vegetable extracts and does not contain bleach or phosphates.
Whenever I dump the wine, I immediately get a towel and the Wine Away. This isn't a paper cloth type of experience by the way. I actually keep a white cloth in the cabinet with the Wine Away bottle. I spritz on a lot of Wine Away and then dab it with the cloth. For larger spills, I just press. Don't rub!
You'll immediately see a difference. After the stain is close to gone, I add some more Wine Away, dab it again, and drop the item in the washing machine. I let it soak for 15-30 minutes, and then let the washing machine do the rest. It's worth mentioning here that I'm also a fan of washable slip covers for just this reason.
Last year, Kevin accidentally dropped a Kinkead Ridge cabernet franc on his home office carpet. The bottle shattered and red wine went everywhere. A bottle of Wine Away and a lot of white towels later, the stain is almost non-existent. If I could actually put the carpet in the washing machine, it would probably be completely gone. Oh, and I ran out to Chateau Pomije and replaced the bottle the very next day of course!
I also dropped a bottle in Party Town one day last year. I was wearing white capri pants. I bought some Wine Away on the spot, drenched my pants in it, washed them when I got home, and they're still sparkling white.
So, I know I sound a bit like an infomercial but I promise that Wine Away neither pays me nor sends me samples. I wish they would! I certainly use enough of it.
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