The holidays are here and with them, the rush of holiday cleaning and festive parties! Whether you’re whipping the house into shape before entertaining, or restoring order after a whirlwind of guests and feasts, we’re reprising and updating our post on seasonal stains and spot cleaning.
Read on, and you’ll be prepared for anything the season brings!
The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy wine and spirits, but those spills, particularly the red wine ones, can be daunting. Our best advice is as follows:
Sprinkle salt liberally over the red wine mark , as much as needed to absorb the wine. When as much is absorbed as possible, vacuum up the salt and pour club soda over it to help dilute the remaining wine. Then apply full strength Eucalan to any remaining marks, and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash item as normal.
Candlelight is the perfect way to set the mood for the magic of the season. But cleaning the leftover wax off of your heirloom tablecloth is a tricky one. Let the wax dry completely before trying to clean it. Apply an ice pack to make sure that the wax is completely solid before beginning to remove it. Remove as much wax as possible by scraping it with a butter knife. Get two paper bags, and place one underneath the fabric and another on top of it- you will be using a clothes iron to remove the rest of the wax. Gently iron the area with the wax on it repeatedly, moving the paper bags around so that any wax that transfers from the fabric to the paper bags isn’t being reapplied to the fabric again.
It isn’t the holiday season without delicious sweet treats, but getting chocolate stains on your party clothes dampens the festive mood. Follow these steps to rescue your favourite duds: If possible, flush the fabric from the wrong side with warm water to help prevent the chocolate from being driven further into the fibres. When as much chocolate has been rinsed off as possible, saturate the remaining mark with full strength Eucalan, and let sit for 30 minutes. Gently scrub at the stain after 30 minutes, and repeat if necessary. Launder as usual once the mark is removed.
In addition to our advice above, check out our Ultimate Stain Guide this holiday season! Just sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you this handy PDF with advice for treating stains year-round for free. Hang it up on your laundry room or keep it as a reference for when those stains strike!
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