Never Let Red Wine Stains Ruin Anything Again

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
A red wine spill can be responsible for sending many an unsuspecting victim into a state of panic: "Oh no! My new shirt!" We’ve all experienced it, and perhaps a few of us have had to reluctantly say goodbye to a beloved item due to a spill and cleaning gone wrong. But, it's time to put your worry to rest and relax a little knowing that most of these types of stains (tannin) are completely reversible using an enzyme stain remover or our trusty Stain Solution.
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The most common tannin stains include wine, fruit juice, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, chocolate, fruit juice, soft drinks, and soda. Depending on the material, there is a method for removing the stain. Ahead, a breakdown of how to get the most troublesome stains out of your clothing.
On Cotton, Linen, & Durable Synthetics
-Apply product(s): Apply the stain remover directly to the affected area. For old, stubborn, or large stains, strengthen the formula by sprinkling All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, a completely nontoxic, biodegradable, and fragrance-free alternative to chlorine bleach, on the Stain Solution or remover to create a powerful paste.
-Work the stain: Work the solution into the fabric using your finger or our Stain Brush.
-Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, pour boiling water from a kettle onto the affected area. (Be careful to pour from a safe height, so the water won’t splash on you.) The force of the pouring water helps to do the work. You can also use water from a faucet set to its highest water pressure output.
-Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with hot water.
-Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.
-Launder the item: Wash according to our washing instructions.
Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
On Silk, Silk Blends, Silk-Like, & Delicate Synthetics
-Apply product: Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area.
-Work the stain: Work the solution into the fabric using your finger or our Stain Brush.
-Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, put the affected area under the faucet and let the pressure of the tepid/lukewarm water help work the stain.
-Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with tepid/lukewarm water. Never soak silk for longer than 30 minutes.
-Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.
-Launder the item: Wash according to our washing instructions.
Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
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On Wool, Cashmere, Wool Blends, & Wool-Like Synthetics
-Apply product: Apply Stain Solution or enzyme-remover directly to the affected area.
-Work the stain: Work the solution into the fabric using your finger. Or, if your item has looser yarns, use our Wash & Stain Bar or similar type cleaning bar. Wet the bar and work the affected area.
-Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, put the affected area under the faucet and let the pressure of the tepid/lukewarm water help work the stain.
-Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with tepid/lukewarm water.
-Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.
-Launder the item: Wash according to our washing instructions.
Spot treat with the Stain Solution or similar enzyme stain removing formula.
Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Determine If You Can Spot Treat
-Dab a small, inconspicuous area with a lint-free cloth and a small amount of Stain Solution.
-Do not use paper towels and certain types of sponges because they may leave lint or residue behind. We use our Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth for great results.
-Note: Neckties cannot be spot treated. They must be dry cleaned.
Do not continue cleaning if:
-The water or product leaves a mark or creates discoloration
-The treated area is cleaner and brighter than the rest of the fabric
-The fabric ripples or wrinkles
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If you see any of the above reactions, stop spot treating. If the item requires further cleaning, take it to the dry cleaner.
How To Spot Treat
-Use Stain Solution on a clean, wet, lint-free cloth. Use lukewarm/tepid water, regardless of the fabric.
-Remove soap and dirt. Dampen cloth (as needed) and repeat the process until satisfied. Be sure to remove all soap.
Upon first glance, it may seem like a lot of steps, but none of them are complicated, and once you get familiar with the way different materials need to be treated, you'll forget you ever pondered stain removal!
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