Holiday Stain Removal Guide
Even the most perfect holiday plans can get spoiled by an unexpected household mishap or an overanxious host. Relax. We’ve got you covered with solutions when accidents happen. Leaen how to get the most common holiday stains out for good.
Those pretty holiday candles can accidentally drip wax onto the carpet, the tablecloth or clothing. Getting wax out of fabric can be tricky, but try this tip.
Heat your iron to a low setting. Place a thick layer of paper towels over the wax stain. Apply the iron to the paper towel for a few seconds and check the bottom of the towels. The wax should melt into the paper towel and lift from the carpet. Change the paper towels if needed and repeat until all of the wax is removed.
For antique or detailed fabrics, you may want to consult with a trusted dry cleaner or fabric restorer for wax removal.
A glass of red wine spilled over the carpet is the dread of every host and clumsy guest. Accidents do happen, and red wine stains are common. First start by blotting the stain with a clean white cloth to get as much of it up as possible. Dab, don’t rub.
Next pour a little bit of white wine on the carpet. The white wine will help neutralize the stain and lift the color. Blot with a new clean cloth. If some stain still remains, add baking soda and allow it to sit for three minutes, then rinse and blot again until the stain is gone.
Blot the excess with paper towels. Then soak the piece overnight in warm water with detergent and an enzyme cleaner. Launder with non-chlorine bleach.
Scrape up an excess gravy and apply a prewash stain removal. Then follow the guide for coffee stains.
Cranberry Sauce Stain
When globs of cranberry sauce go sailing off the spoon and on to the tablecloth, don’t panic. Rinse the stain in cold water for one minute then soak it for 15 minutes in a mixture of water, a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of laundry detergent. If any part of the stain remains, blot it with a cloth and rubbing alcohol.
Immediately add salt directly to the stain to soak up the butter grease and prevent it from soaking further into the fabric. When you can, pretreat the stain by rubbing in a little laundry detergent. Wash the item in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
Cherry Pie Stain
Soak a cherry pie stain in cold water for a few minutes, and then rub in a few drops of laundry detergent. Rinse the item, then soak it overnight in a mixture of hot water and laundry detergent. The next day, rinse your fabric and launder as usual.
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