Remove Fresh Red Wine Stains with High Proof Clear Liquor
Patrick Allan , Gawker MediaApr 14, 2015, 02.00 AM IST
Red wine is a great addition to any dinner, but accidents can happen. You can get fresh red wine stains out of fabric and carpet using some of wine's heartier cousins to help soak up the color.
The second tip in this video from the
YouTube channel explains the chemistry behind red wine stains and how a high proof liquor can help you remove them. Like with most stains, the key to taking out red wine stains is acting fast because you don't want anything to settle in the fibers. Grab a bottle of any high proof clear liquor like vodka, gin, or white rum and pour it on the stain as you try to soak up as much as you can with a rag. The pigments that make red wine red, like anthocyanins, are alcohol soluble, so the high proof liquor keeps them dissolved and easy to soak up out of the fibers. Once most of the color is gone, finish it off with some water or try a
homemade cleaning solution
if the stain is being stubborn.