How to Remove Dry Red Wine Stains

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Dry red wine stains can be difficult to remove, but they certainly aren't impossible. Find out how to remove dry red wine stains with help from a third generation owner of Arrow Leathercare in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Bruce Gershon with Arrow Fabricare. And today, we're going to talk about how to remove dry red wine stains from fabric. I have a shirt with dry red wine stains on it. Looks like somebody got bumped in the back with a glass of wine at a party. We have a small bowl of water with some detergent in it, a clean sponge, and we've added to that hydrogen peroxide. So, small bowl, teaspoon of detergent, cup of hydrogen peroxide. And, we're going to use this to blot the stain. We've got a white towel underneath to absorb some of the moisture, and this is a pre-treatment. This is a washable garment, so after we treat it, with the hydrogen peroxide, we're going to let it sit. And then, we'll wash it, and should be no problem removing this stain. If this were a silk blouse or a wool garment, we would want to use a different type of bleach. But, generally, to remove red wine, it's going to take a bleach. In this case, hydrogen peroxide is an oxygen bleach, it's a very safe bleach. You can use it on colors. If this was a colored garment, we would want to test it for color fastness. But, generally, the hydrogen peroxide's going to be safe. If it was a silk or a wool, we might want to use a reducing bleach, like, sodium bisulfite is a really good one, very effective on red wine, and you can find it easily on the Internet, and mix it as per the instructions. And, set up, like, a hand washing in your sink, and soak it out, and rinse it in clear water. Hang it to dry, and that should be effective on your red wine stains. So, that's going to take some time, be patient with the process, but that should take care of it. And, that's all I have on dry red wine stains. I'm Bruce Gershon, thanks for watching.


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