Like the prominent expression goes- ‘been there, done that’, the tragic tales of spilled wine glasses indeed ring a bell of familiarity. Haven’t we, after all, experienced our world at a party blissfully waltzing away to glory when all at once the sound of a toppled glass brings it crashing down. It’s that moment which feels like the heart almost skipped a few beats at the sight of spilled wine glasses on the finest attire, or perhaps on the much-celebrated couch. So, we’ll take it as a universally accepted common sense that as much as we love the heavenly taste of wine, we surely don’t like the stains of wine. Getting wine stains on your clothes, carpet or other upholstery can be quite dismaying and removing
them can be quite challenging; but do not worry, we bring you some useful tips to get rid of those stubborn stains.
Ever wondered why does wine, which tastes like heaven (well almost!) leave you with an unattractive purplish grin? It is because wine is highly acidic alcoholic beverage which leads to sensitive teeth and enamel erosion. Also, the pigment-producing tannins aid the chromogens in binding to teeth which leads to unattractive stains.
But we love wine, don’t we? And when it comes to red wine, well nothing can come between this love, right? So do not fret about your pearly whites because we have got you covered, you no longer need to be worried about the horrendous purplish grin! Follow these simple tips to keep at bay that scary purplish grin.
● The experts say that brushing your teeth before stepping out removes the plaque or tartar on teeth. Red wine tends to stick to the plaque which worsens the stain so brushing before drinking lessens the chances of stained teeth. Brushing your teeth after drinking leads to damaged tooth enamel, and it makes them more susceptible to damage in the long-term.
● Don’t forget to drink water in between those glasses of wine. Besides keeping you hydrated, it keeps those nasty stains at bay.
● Avoid white wine because the higher acid content in white wine strips off the natural protective layer of teeth; which in turn means greater susceptibility to staining.
● Eat fibrous food because they scrub away the stains as you chew on and help in producing more saliva in the mouth.
● Eating cheese builds up calcium layer on your teeth. It closes the micro-pores on teeth which prevents wine stains.
You can flash that charming smile of yours and sip on that glass of wine, and don’t forget to pay the dentist a regular visit for a healthy set of pearly whites!
Carpets and other Upholstery
So you hosted a party last night and your drunken friend spilled over some wine on your carpet. Oh good Lord, those perfect moments of love and hate! Or wait, it could also be the other way around, maybe it’s the clumsy ‘you’ who did the dreadful deed…so now what do you do? Here’s what you can do, begin with the sheepish smile and help your friend with this simple step-by-step guide to fight those stubborn wine stains.
● Red wine tends to settle in the fibers so, the sooner you act, the better are the chances of getting rid of stains.
● Blot the stain with a cloth, the more it soaks up the better.
● Pour cold water directly on to the wine stain. Water helps in diluting the remains of stain which helps in proper blotting.
● Prepare a paste by adding three parts of baking soda and one part of water. Apply this paste to the stained area. Vacuum the stain once the paste dries off.
● REMEMBER – Do not scrub the stain as it only worsens it.
● Gently dab the stain with a cloth.
● Salt is quite a useful tool as it soaks up the excess liquid and prevents it from penetrating to cloth fibers.
● Apply baking soda to neutralize the stain. Make a paste by adding three portions of baking soda and one portion of water and apply this paste on the affected area. Follow this tip by soaking the garment in white wine or club soda.
● If above methods fail, you can perhaps use stain removal formula available in the markets and then wash the garment in a washing machine. Use cold water wash and a good quality detergent. Also, avoid hot water because it lets the stain to set in.
● Again, REMEMBER – Do not rub or scrub the stain!
We hope that these tips prove to be quite useful to you and in a small way. The curtain now falls and the show is over ladies and gentlemen, you may now roll up these useful tips up your sleeves and be a fine stain removal ninja as you can be. We say, keep calm and clean on!