It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Spills Wine On Your Drapes! Clean It Up Fast

Posted on: 27 May 2015

Having a party and serving wine is certainly one of life's little pleasures. However, as people maneuver around the room, accidents can happen. If you're lucky and someone spills wine, it will remain in a localized area. However, this isn't usually the case, and some of it may end up on your drapes. If this happens, there is no need to fret, simply follow these steps, as quickly as you can, and before you know it, your drapes will look like nothing ever happened.

Step 1: Collect the Needed Materials

Since it's best to clean a wine stain while it's still wet, you'll need to have some items on hand. So make sure these materials are in your cleaning arsenal:

  • a spray bottle
  • a small bottle of glycerine
  • clear dish detergent
  • 2 soft sponges
  • a towel (optional)

Step 2: Blot the Stain

Beginning on the outside of the stain and working your way in, blot the wine with the sponge to soak up the majority of it. Refrain from rubbing, wiping or scrubbing. Rinse out the sponge as needed to blot up more depending on the severity of the spill.

Step 3: Mix the Ingredients

Fill the spray bottle nearly to the top with water and add a few drops of glycerine and squeeze a few drops of dish detergent into the mix. Secure the lid tightly and shake the bottle well.

Step 4: Spray the Sponge and Pull Out the Stain

Grab the other clean sponge and spray one side of it with the solution you just created. Blot the wine on the drape again, beginning on the outside of the stain and working your way in.

Alternative: If you're having a difficult time blotting the stain and holding the drape at the same time, take the drape off the window. Lay a towel down on a flat surface, and then lay the drape on top of the towel. Then follow the stain removing procedure outlined above.

The quicker you get to the stain, the easier it is to remove. Do what you can to not allow the wine to dry on the drape's fabric. When you've removed all the wine, give the spot some time to dry so that you can see if your efforts were successful. If you still have a stain, call a drapery cleaning service that specializes in this type of stain, so that they can assist in making it look brand new again.