LOOKING AFTER THOSE SPILLAGES AT CHRISTMAS

A few stains on your beautiful table linen is almost inevitable during the Christmas festivities.

After Christmas washing your linen on a 40°C cycle with a gentle soap should be sufficient. However for some spills, it is always best to take action as quick possible, and here we share a few tips on how to get the toughest stains out of your table linen.

WAX

First, let the wax dry, it’s easier to treat! Place the item on a flat surface, and use a dull butter knife to gently scrape away any large wax blobs, leaving only the bit of wax saturated in the fabric.

Lay the lint-free cleaning cloth on top of the wax stain. If you have multiple wax spots, cut the cloth into multiple smaller pieces, you’ll want to have a clean cloth for each wax spot to prevent redepositing any wax back on to the table linen.

Next, warm up! The trick to lifting wax is a little bit of heat. Set the iron to a low heat setting with no steam. Lightly maneuver the iron on top of the cloth in a circular motion. Pull the cloth away, and the wax should be gone! Repeat as necessary using a clean cloth for each wax stain until desired results.

OIL & GRAVY

When the gravy or salad dressing misses the dinner plate, simply reach for a natural vegetable soap to make oil stains disappear! You can also remove most stains by making a mixture of equal parts ammonia, water, and dish washing liquid. Put it in an empty spray bottle, shake well, and apply directly to the stain. Let it set for two or three minutes, and then rinse out.

RED WINE

Believe it or not but the best way to deal with a alcohol spillage is in fact more alcohol!

Red wine can be cleaned with vodka, gin or white rum, but the important part is whichever drink is chosen, it must be a higher proof of alcohol than the wine that has been spilt. Apply to the stain while soaking the liquid up with paper towel (blotting not rubbing). You should find that after a few applications, most of the red wine will have been soaked up.

If possible we also recommend quickly “flushing” the stain by holding the fabric under cold-running water to force the stain out.

TEA & COFFEE

For napkins, runners and placemats, the easiest way is to quickly run very hot water directly through the stain.

For tablecloths which will only be washed later - start by blotting your stain with a cold, damp paper towel. Then sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it seep in for a while. Blot it away with a dry towel or cloth - don't panic if the mark is still there. This method will at the very least keep the stain from setting.

Next, spray the stain with a vinegar mix to neutralise the PH which will help to lift the stain. One teaspoon of white vinegar in one litre of water and let sit for ten minutes. Then blot and rinse, before washing as normal.

Tip!

If caring for an heirloom tablecloth, we never recommend adding fabric softener to the wash cycle.
If you use a dryer, don't put the garment in the dryer until you have seen that the stain is gone.

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