Home Stain Removal
Wine Stains Q: One of my regular customers called for advice on how to remove wine from an everyday tablecloth. What advice can I give my customers about home stain removal?

A: Many customers have items that they would rather clean at home, but stains can often cause problems. For any stain, tell them not to rub the fabric, but to just blot the stain with water (not club soda). Also remind them that the sooner they take care of the stain, when it is fresh, the easier it will be to remove. You may also want to point out to your customers that heat can cause colorless stains to yellow over time.

The wine stain should be treated with a small amount of dishwashing liquid and rinsed with water. If the stain persists, spot with white vinegar and rinse with water. As a last resort, try chlorine bleach or an organic bleach. Before treating the stain with bleach, make sure your customer knows how to test for colorfastness.

DLI’s Stain Removal App features step-by-step instructions for removing any stain. It is available free only with DLI Silver, Gold, Premier and International memberships.
Posted By Harry Kimmel