Holiday Cleaning Emergencies

Great holiday food and drinks are often accompanied by a few spills. Not to worry though, this handy stain removal guide will walk you through some of the most common dinner stains you may have encountered this holiday season.

  • Candle Wax: 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.
  • 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.

It is always best to wash stained items or take them to us 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.

And if those stains have you stumped, we're happy to take care of them for you so you won't have to deal with them. We remove stains like these every day.