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You Spilled Wine on Your Sofa. Now What?

Glass of red wine spilled on sofa upholstered furniture

We all enjoy a glass of red wine now and then. It makes the perfect accompaniment after a long day at work or when you’re socializing with friends. However, as enjoyable as a glass of wine can be, it can be a nightmare when it gets spilled on your upholstered furniture. Without knowing what to do, your sofa or armchair can quickly get ruined and need replacing. If you don’t fancy replacing your furniture every time this happens, it’s time to get informed. Whether it’s a major or minor spill, follow these steps and remove that stain in no time.

Act Quickly

The first and most crucial step is to act quickly. If the wine is left to soak and dry into your sofa, it will be much harder to remove. So the sooner you react to the spill, the better. It’s also important to remain calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse and could increase the time it takes for you to act. Grab a paper towel or cloth from your kitchen as fast as you can. When using a cloth, quickly check to make sure it is clean. While it might be tempting to rub the stain, avoid this at all costs. The rubbing motion will only press the wine more firmly into the fabric. Instead, use gentle blotting to absorb and remove as much of the wine as possible.

Grab Your Tools

Not many people realize this, but some of the best tools for getting out wine stains can be located in your kitchen or pantry. White wine, water and club soda can all be used to dilute the red wine before it creates a permanent stain. Again, acting quickly is paramount. Grab one of these items and pour it onto a clean cloth. Continue the gentle blotting process that you carried out in step one. If the stain is still present, try one of the other options or consider applying baking soda to the stain. This will help to soak up the wine stain and the odor it leaves behind. If you can remove the cushion covers of your sofa, you might also want to consider washing them in the washing machine. You may need to apply a stain remover and always check the washing instructions beforehand.

Call an Expert

Sometimes no matter how much you blot, some stains are more challenging to remove. If your sofa is made from a difficult fabric and you still struggling to remove the stain on your own, now is the time to call in the experts. Contact an upholstery cleaning company who specialize in stain removal. They will be able to provide professional equipment and products that should get your sofa looking it’s best again. Just remember to do this sooner rather than later for easier removal.

With speed and the right tools to help you, that wine stain on your sofa will soon disappear. Now you know exactly what you need to do; you can spend more time enjoy your wine rather than worrying about the consequences of a spill.

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