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Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour
The holidays are a time for joy and family, not for worrying about yucky stains on your nice tablecloth. So, relax, this handy stain removal guide will walk you through some of the most common dinner stains you may encounter this holiday season. Remember, there is always the option of taking your stained items to a professional so you won’t have to deal with it. We remove stains like these every day.
Gently lift off the larger pieces. Treat with a solvent-based stain removal product. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Wine & Coffee Stains
Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the liquid or put paper towels under the spill. Blotting can spread the stain. After dinner: rinse in cool water; treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.
This is the worst because it can yellow with age if not removed. Cover a big spill at the table with absorbent powder. Shake off after supper. Apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia, ASAP. Wait 5-10 minutes and wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.
Time is of the Essence
It is always best to wash stained items or take them to your cleaner as soon as possible. If your table linens are colored or have colored embroidery check for colorfastness before using the various stain removal products. Anytime a stain is not washed out before drying it can become more difficult to remove.
Customer Question: Looking forward to Christmas
Q How do I clean tree skirts before and after Christmas?
A Christmas tree skirts are often valuable and treasured holiday items. Some tree skirts are very costly, while others may be family heirlooms.
Regardless of their original or sentimental value, tree skirts should be handled with great care.
In most cases, tree skirts cannot be safely laundered or drycleaned, because they are adorned with beads, sequins, appliques, lace, felt, quilted designs, multicolored prints, and other types of decorative trim. In most cases, these decorative trims used glues and adhesives that show little resistance to cleaning.
If water or other liquids spill on the skirt, blot the area with white handkerchiefs, cotton towels, or paper towels. Use cool water to aid in removing stains. Local stain removal treatments may be the only safe method for handling tree skirts. In some cases, stains cannot be removed without damage. Bring your skirt to us for assistance if stain removal becomes necessary.