Cleaning wine stains from your porous surfaces
So, the Friday night BBQ is over and you are now waking up on Saturday morning to good memories, a full stomach and a bit of a hangover to boot.
But wait, what's this? Wine stains on your outdoor tiles? Looks like someone got a bit carried away last night and splashed a few drops of cabernet sauvignon on your porous surface!
The good news is that this is not the end of the world. There are steps you can take to clean away those nasty red splotches and have your backyard entertainment area looking as good as new again.
Hopefully, you will have already sealed the surface with a quality impregnating sealer. Treating your tiles in this way forms a protective barrier over the surface of the material that repels liquids and makes them far easier to maintain.
If this is the case, you should be able to remove the stain with a little bit of common household baking soda. Simply blot away any wine that has not yet soaked in, before dampening the affected area and sprinkling baking soda over the the stain.
Leave the baking soda to soak in for a minute or two, and then go to work with some water and a scrubbing brush. Alternatively, you can try dissolving the baking soda in warm water and using this to scrub away the wine marks. Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly afterwards.
If the stain remains, you might want to try using a commercial stain remover. Follow the instructions carefully, and always test such products on a small area of your porous surface at least 24 hours before properly applying, in order to check for discolouration or staining.
And next time, you might want to ask your guests to be a little less animated with their anecdotes – or at least encourage them to put the wine glass down first.