The Holiday meal is basically impossible to get through without anything being spilled on your beautiful linens. The most important thing to remember when a spill occurs is that TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. It’s 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 any stain removal products. Anytime a stain is not washed out before drying it can become more difficult
Here are Tips on how to treat the most Common Stains:
CANDLE WAX – Gently lift off the larger pieces. Treat with a solvent based removal product. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
WINE and COFFEE STAINS – Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the liquid or put paper towels under the spill. Blotting can actually spread the stain.
After dinner, rinse in cool water, treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.
SALAD OIL – 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.
CRANBERRY – Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.