How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Wool.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Wool.

Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal. Unprocessed wool has natural oils that will repel stains. Often the oil is stripped off during the manufacturing process.

In a hidden area test the garment for colorfastness. Use a white towel, apply the spotting solution desired to the towel and blot the hidden area. Check the towel for color transfer.

White Distilled Vinegar that you have in your kitchen is a great product to use as a spotting agent for red wine stains and tannin (plant base) stains. Generally vinegar is safe for most materials and colors.

If we are not achieving the results desired, then we will need to resort to a stronger product. Enzymes stain removers are a great stain removal product that is generally safe for most materials and colors. Enzyme stain removers can be found in the laundry department of most grocery stores or in pet stores.

Are We Done Yet?

When done with the stain removal process, always clean the entire garment as recommended by the care label. Cleaning the garment will remove the residue red wine stain. Never leave garments unclean after using spotting or cleaning products. Over time the spotting agent can discolor, or yellow, and weaken the material.

Done!

Karl Huie

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Other Articles of Interest:

How to Remove Blood Stains from Wool.

How to Remove a Blood Stain From Rayon.

How to remove a Blood Stain from Silk.

How to remove a Blood Stain from Cotton.

 


 

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