Harmless Banter by Beverly Taylor Design

3 Days of Stain Removing Tips For Your Holiday Feast!

November 21st, 2012

With the holidays coming, we want you to be prepared for those delicious foods that take a detour from your mouth and end up on your linens and rugs! And for those other inconvenient holiday stains!

Day 3:
Milk/Ice cream, Ashes & Tree Sap

*Milk, Frosting or Ice cream


TABLE LINENS:Using an enzyme detergent, like Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean, and the warmest water safe for the fabric, soak for 30 minutes. Wash in warm water, using bleach if the fabric allows. 
RUG:For wool, soak up liquids with paper towels and use a cloth to dab the spot with cold water. Then blot with WoolClean Dry Spot Remover No. 2. For a synthetic rug, apply diluted dish soap with a damp cloth; rinse with a clean section of the cloth. Dry with paper towels. If the stain remains, fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon ammonia. Lightly spritz the solution onto the spot- the stain should disappear in about eight hours. 

*Candle ashes or fireplace soot: 


TABLE LINENS:Hold the fabric taut and use the vacuum’s hose attachment to remove as much soot as possible. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain to absorb it. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then vacuum again. Apply Tide Boost Pre-Treat Spray and wash in the warmest water safe for the fabric.  
RUG: Vacuum with the hose attachment. Then, for a wool rug, blot with WoolClean Dry Spot Remover No. 2, using a clean cloth. For a synthetic rug, apply diluted dish soap. If that doesn’t do the trick, blot with Goof Off, followed by diluted dish soap. Wait 3 minutes, then rinse by dabbing on hot water and blot dry. 

*Tree Sap: 
TABLE LINENS: With a cloth, dab Guardsman dry-cleaning fluid onto the stain; let dry. Then immerse the stain for 30 minutes in 1 cup bleach-free liquid laundry detergent with a dash of ammonia. Wash in the warmest water safe for the fabric.  
RUG: For a wool rug, scrape off what you can with a spoon, then use WoolClean Dry Spot Remover No. 2. For a synthetic rug, apply Goof Off; blot with diluted dish soap. Wait a few minutes, then rinse with hot water, using a spray bottle. Blot dry.

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