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How to Remove Spilled Beverages?

How to Remove Spilled Beverages?

Red Wine Stains

Red wine is one of the most common carpet stains. Salt is effective for preventing stains on table linen from spreading, but on carpets, it creates a permanent damp patch that attracts dirt to the area. Use the three-step treatment below or pour white wine over the area.

Stains On Carpets

  1. Blot the spill immediately, then sponge repeatedly with warm water. If you have a soda syphon, use it to flush the stain – the soda water plus the spraying action will lift the stain effectively.
  2. Blot dry, then apply the foam from carpet shampoo on a sponge, working it in well. Sponge again with clear water, and repeat the treatment as often as necessary until clear.
  3. Cover any remaining stain with a glycerin solution, and leave for up to an hour. Sponge off with clear water, and blot well. Apply a little denatured alcohol on a sponge to reduce old stains. Use the tip at right for a quick rescue when you cannot treat stains properly.

Stains On Clothes

  1. General treatment Rinse fresh wine stains in warm water. If the stain persists, soak the garment in a laundry borax solution or a heavy-duty detergent, then launder according to fabric type.
  2. Delicate fabrics Bleach stains on white wool or silk with a hydrogen peroxide solution. Rinse, then hand wash.

Stains On Table Linen

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Fresh stains; Bleach white cotton and linen items. Soak colored items in a heavy-duty detergent solution, then launder as usual. Alternatively, use the treatment for dried tea stains shown.

Quick Action For Vine Stains

Pour some white wine over a red wine spill as soon as it occurs. Blot both liquids well, sponge with clear, warm water, then pat the area dry.

Dried Stains on Furniture

  1. Apply a glycerin solution to loosen the stain. Leave the solution on for at least 30
  2. Sponge off with a weak, warm solution of dishwashing liquid. Wipe with a cloth wrung out in clear water.

Fresh Stains on Furniture

  1. Blot, sponge with warm water, and blot again. Repeat if necessary. Cover persistent marks with talcum powder while still damp.
  2. Brush the talcum powder off after a few minutes, using a soft brush or cloth. Continue the treatment until the mark disappears.

Beer and Alcohol Stains

Beer and alcohol stains are fairly easy to remove from most surfaces (unless they are brightly colored or sticky liqueur stains). Old beer and alcohol stains are another matter, however, and require more drastic treatment if they are to come out satisfactorily.

On Clothes; Beer and alcohol Rinse or soak in tepid water, then launder according to fabric type. On whites, use a hydrogen peroxide solution  to bleach any remaining marks. On colors, sponge with a white vinegar solution – 2 tbsp (30 ml) vinegar to 2 cups (500 ml) of water – until stains disappear.

On Furniture;

  • Beer Blot thoroughly, then sponge with a cloth wrung out in clean, warm water. Treat remaining marks with a spray-on stain remover.
  • Spirits Sponge with clean, warm water until all traces of stickiness are removed, then use an upholstery- spotting kit. Have delicate fabrics that might watermark professionally dry cleaned.

On Carpets

Beer stains; Sponge with clean, warm water, or flush with a soda syphon, then blot. If marks remain, use a solution of carpet shampoo.

Alcohol stains; Treat as above, acting quickly to prevent color from soaking in. If colored marks remain, sponge with denatured alcohol on a damp cloth.

Old beer stains; Gently wipe old beer stains on carpets with denatured alcohol until the mark begins to fade.

Liqueur Stains

These tend to be stickier than other spilled alcohol drinks. If any stains from highly colored liqueurs remain after treatment, use a stain remover or denatured alcohol on the mark, testing first on an inconspicuous area.

  • Carpets Flush stain with a soda syphon to dissipate stickiness, and blot the residue with paper towels. Apply carpet shampoo.
  • Upholstery Sponge with warm water until all traces of stickiness arc gone. Take care not to overwet. Apply carpet shampoo; use an upholstery- spotting kit on any remaining marks. Professionally diy clean any slipcovers that might watermark.
  • Clothes Rinse the mark in warm water, then wash or dry clean the item as usual.

Fruit Juice Stains

Fruit juices cause problem stains because of the color residue they leave especially dark-colored fruits such as red berries and black grapes. If they are allowed to dry they can be difficult to remove and  unless treated carefully  will leave a permanent mark.

Fresh Stains

  • Clothes Rinse under cold running water until as much of the mark as possible is removed. Treat any remaining color with denatured alcohol or a stain remover.
  • Carpets Blot with paper towels. Rub the area with a laundry prewash stick, and let stand for a few minutes. Rinse off, blot, and shampoo. Treat any remaining color with denatured alcohol.
  • Furniture Sponge with cold water, and blot dry. Use a liquid stain remover.

Stains On Clothes

Dried Stains

Treating old stains; Hold a clean cloth under the stain and apply a glycerin solution (with a second cloth. Leave for one hour, rinse, then treat as for fresh stains.

Green Tip

Nature’s stain remover; Rub the cut side of half a lemon on fresh fruit juice stains. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent.

Tea, Coffee, and Cocoa Stains

These stains tend to be a combination of the coloring of the drink and grease from any added milk. Blot the whole stain initially, then attack the grease, and finally use a method that will get rid of the color of the stain. Dried tea stains on fabric require special treatment.

On Fabric

Fresh tea stains; Rinse stains on clothes in lukewarm water, then soak in a laundry borax solution. Rinse stains on blankets at once in warm water, then launder. Rinse table linen immediately under cold water, then soak and launder, preferably in a detergent with enzymes.

Coffee and cocoa; Rinse in warm water. Soak in a warm enzymatic detergent solution (if suitable), or in a laundry borax solution.

On Carpets

Coffee with milk and cocoa; Sponge with tepid water, or flush with a soda syphon. Apply a little carpet shampoo, and – when dry – use a liquid stain remover (but not on foam-backed carpets).

Black coffee; Sponge the stain repeatedly with tepid water, or flush it several times with a soda syphon, then blot.

Tea; Blot with paper towels, then sponge with tepid water, or apply a squirt from a soda syphon. Use a little carpet shampoo, and use an aerosol stain remover when dry.

On Furniture

  1. Coffee with milk and cocoa Blot the stain with paper towels, then sprinkle with enzymatic detergent. Wipe off with a damp sponge.
  2. Black coffee Blot, sponge, and, if necessary, shampoo. Lubricate dried stains with a glycerin solution . Rinse, and blot well. Use a spray stain remover on any remaining marks.
  3. Tea Sponge off with a laundry borax solution , then wipe with a damp cloth. When dry, apply a spray stain remover.

Dried Tea Stains

  1. Drape the stained item over a bowl or basin. Sprinkle with laundry borax until the whole stain is thickly covered.
  2. Pour a potful of hot water around the stain, working toward the center. Repeat treatment if necessary.

Milk Stains

If milk is not treated immediately after it is spilled on carpet, it will dry and leave a smell that is virtually impossible to remove. Move fast with the treatment, or you could find yourself having to replace an expensive item because of the permanent smell.

On Clothes

Fresh stains; Rinse in tepid water, then launder as usual. Use a liquid stain remover if a grease mark persists.

Dried stains; Soak the item in enzymatic detergent if the fabric is suitable.

On Furniture

General treatment; Sponge with tepid water (but do not overwet padded upholstery). Blot dry with paper towels, tissues, or a white cloth. Treat any remaining marks with a spray stain remover.

On Carpets

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Fresh stains; Sponge with clear, warm water, then apply a spray cleaner.

Dried stains; If a stain is allowed to dry, the smell may return after cleaning. Use a professional carpet cleaner.

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