Red, Red Wine

Dear Francine,

My husband and I have something of a party house. Nothing too crazy at our age (all I am willing to say is we are in our forties), but we do like to break out a few bottles of wine with friends and co-workers. Of course, when you dip into the wine on social occasions, you do run the risk of getting little drops here and there. What can we do to attack these little drops of wine before they set in?

Thanks for the question! Wine can make the perfect addition for a fun gathering, but alcohol is likely to increase the likelihood of stains in your home. Now, if you have a white wine stain, your first resort is blotting up the  stain with an absorbent cloth or paper towels. The key to blotting up white wine is to get to the stain as early as possible as white wine seldom causes major, lasting stains.

Wine stains are more commonly associated with red wine, which tend to leave stains both prominent and deep on your furniture, carpet or rugs. As with white wine, blotting up the excess moisture is a crucial preventive measure. The next step is to quickly mix a solution using warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. Then, you will want to test the homemade cleaning solution on the stained carpet, rug or furniture, if you have never used alcohol, white vinegar or dish detergent before. Test this solution on a typically unseen portion of the material, like a patch of carpet that is covered by a chair or the underside of a sofa cushion. Scrub the area clean with a cloth full of the solution and blot dry.

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