Question: How do you remove red wine stains from a linen tablecloth after machine washing?
Answer: A red wine stain requires immediate attention, and if you machine-dried the tablecloth, you are probably out of luck. After a spill, blot up as much of the wine as you can, then rinse with cool water or club soda. Apply a paste of salt and water, and if the fabric will stand it, pour boiling water through the stain with the cloth stretched over a bowl or bathtub. For tough stains, try blotting the stains with one of the following: ⅓ cup vinegar in ⅔ cup water; 2 tablespoons ammonia in 1 cup water; or alcohol, either straight or mixed with an equal amount of water. Rinse well and then launder as usual. In some cases, you may have to use an enzyme detergent to remove wine stains.