The holidays are wonderful in so many ways, from stockings filled with drug store impulse items to selections of food and drinks that we don’t even consider consuming the rest of the year (eggnog / lutefisk), but for some reason find irresistible while high on Christmas cheer. That being said, there are staples at nearly all celebrations, the least of which is definitely not red wine. Whether a dry merlot or a soaking wet port the variety is endless, but the problem is always the same. What is this sneaky Grinch always hiding one sip, or one out of tune “White Christmas” away? This problem is; the more wine you drink the more likely you are to spill it. If you were lucky enough to read this blog before you tripped on your aunts cocker spaniel (poor Buddy), then, you sprang to action like a marvel super hero. If not, at least you can salvage your friendship with a shameful return to the scene and save their white carpet, or blouse. Hopefully, saving your invitation to next year’s celebration at the same time. This remedy is simple. If you want to get red wine out of nearly any material; simply clean it with white wine. Yep, in some twist of Gods sense of humor white wine is the cure for the red. Always blot excess moisture first with a throw away rag and then apply white wine a little at a time until the red wine is gone. Always be gentle with the rag as you can wear the fibers out if you rub too hard.
I’ve used this method on both clothing and carpet successfully. Nothing in carpet cleaning or clothing is 100%, especially since there are so many different varieties of both carpet and wine out there, but this is the closest I’ve seen thus far. It either gets rid of it completely or to the point that it is barely visible. One thing that sets this method apart is that some leave behind a yellow color. This method does not, at least in my experience so far.
Nothing can take the place of a professional carpet cleaner with state of the art equipment and knowledgeable crew chiefs, like Commercial Steam Team. However, not everyone can afford to hire the experts every time Uncle Leo has a few too many and forgets the glass in his hand as he re-enacts his hail Mary pass to win the 1967 Hopkins little league football championship. That is precisely when home remedies are wonderful tools.