With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to examine how to make dinner time cleanup and stain-removal a breeze. We want you to enjoy the festivities, and the company, instead of worrying about how you’re going to get that stain out of your good tablecloth. 

Klinke Cleaner’s Holiday Dinner Stain Removal Guide

Candle Wax
Candle light can help set a festive, warm mood during the holidays. But if you wind up with any wax drippings on your tablecloth or rug, you’ll want to be prepared. If your linen gets stained, lift away larger pieces of wax before treating with a solvent-based stain removal product. Wash the linen in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Another tactic, according to Martha Stewart, is to “scrape off spilled wax with a dull knife. Put several layers of kraft paper under the linen, then place a sheet of kraft paper on top of stain. Using low heat, iron until wax is drawn into the paper, moving the paper around until all the wax is gone.” She also recommends bringing the linen to your local dry cleaner if an oily spot remains. 

If candle wax gets on your rug, place a few paper towels down over the affected area and iron it on low heat. It’s that simple! The iron will melt the wax from your rug and “lift” it onto the towel. Repeat with clean paper towels until the stain is removed.

Wine Stains
The first step in removing a wine stain is to lightly touch it with an absorbent towel (cotton works better than synthetic fabrics) to remove excess wine. Avoid blotting, which can spread the stain. After your meal, immediately rinse the stain under cool water. Treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing ASAP.

We don’t know about you, but at Klinke Cleaners quite a few of us are coffee fanatics. That being said, none of us like coffee stains on our tablecloths or our clothes. To remove a coffee stain, simply follow the same instructions detailed in the wine stain-removal section.

Salad Oil
Salad oil stains can yellow a fabric when not completely removed. To remove salad oil, cover the spill with absorbent powder. After the meal is over, shake off powder. Next, apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia. After about 5-10 minutes, wash in the hottest temperature possible that’s safe for the fabric.

To remove a cranberry stain, rinse the affected area with cool water. Be sure to treat with a mild detergent, as well as white vinegar, before washing.

Time is of the Essence
Washing or taking stained items to the dry cleaners ASAP is always a good idea. Stains set and become more difficult to remove over time. If your linen is antique, it’s recommended to bring it directly to the dry cleaners. If it has colored embroidery, it’s a good idea to check for colorfastness before applying stain-removal products to the fabric. Test on a small area on the backside of the fabric first. Also, never dry an item until the stain is completely removed. The drying process may further set in the stain. 

We hope your Thanksgiving is enjoyable and stain free! If you need us, your local Klinke Cleaners is here to assist with removing stains from linens or holiday outfits. 

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