I recently received some samples of Chateau Spill, a specially formulated red wine stain remover from the USA. These guys claim that their product will remove red wine spills and stains without leaving a “hangover” ie, residue mess. Apparently Wired Magazine have stated that Chateau Spill is “inarguably the best” at removing red wine stains.
First impression… what an awesome label, great marketing!
Now, I could have ended up just testing the product and writing a product review but that’s kinda lazy (although I do quite enjoy being lazy at times). I posted out to social media that I had received the product and thankfully a few people came back with things along the lines of “you can just use white wine to get rid of red wine spills”. Ahhh, so there’s the blog post…. stain remover vs white wine!
So I did four tests (spills) onto a cotton towel so that I was using something in between clothes and carpet. The first two tests were conducted on fresh wet spills using Chateau Spill and white wine to try and remove the spills. The subsequent two tests were after the wine had settled for over half an hour.
And the results? …
Well I can’t say that Chateau Spill is “inarguably the best” at removing red wine stains because I haven’t tried many other similar removers but I can say it works pretty well. I had to give both stains a good rub’n with a wet cloth, and on both sides of the towel because the red wine had penetrated right through, but Chateau Spill did the job well and left no obvious residue (but see bottom section of post). Interestingly, the drier of the spills came off easier but I wouldn’t wait around for the spill to totally dry.
And what about white wine? Well I can tell you that a Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, that is way too good to use for this test, lightens the stain but still leaves behind a red residue mark. So I wouldn’t rely on this style of white wine to remove your red wine spill, I’d just sit there and drink it while crying over the lost red wine.
In the image above there are four spill areas and the shot is while all four are still wet, just so you can clearly see where the stains were. Number 1 is spill then immediate stain remover. Number 2 is spill then immediate white wine. Number 3 is spill, wait over half an hour, then stain remover. Number 4 is spill, wait, then white wine. Note that using a wet cloth, quite wet, was an important part of the process and the bottom two spills are wetter because of they were done later.
Below is the dry towel. The left side, ie Chateau Spill, dried leaving no dark residue but I still think there’s some slight shadowing although that’s possibly due to the water and rubbing. The right side, ie white wine, clearly wasn’t successful.
So what did I learn? Most importantly, spilling wine makes me sad. Please, don’t spill wine, it is precious! And spilling wine on purpose is just nuts, unless they deserve it of course! 😉