How to remove a red wine stain: Advice from a butler

Known as "Charles the Butler," Charles MacPherson is one of the few people who doesn't panic when a glass starts to tip.

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1. Always keep the stain wet until it’s been successfully removed; if necessary soak in a pail of water until you can repeat.

2. Pour water or club soda on the stain.

3. Blot stain, from the outside working toward the middle, with a clean dry towel, absorbing as much liquid as possible.

4. Shake on salt to absorb the wine.

5. Repeat steps two through four until stain is out, then launder as normal.

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