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Holiday Stain Survival Guide

We know the holiday season can be chaotic and the more prepared you are the easier it is to enjoy time with family and friends. With that in mind, we’d like to share a couple common holiday fabric culprits and how you can combat them using items you probably already have on hand. Remember, it is important to treat stains as quickly as possible.

Candle Wax:
After wax has hardened, scrape off as much as possible with a dull knife. Then, iron on a low setting using a paper bag between the iron and fabric. Use an oil solvent on any remaining stain and wash normally.

Chocolate:
First, blot with a clean, dry cloth. Then, use a combination solvent for grease. If it is a washable fabric, wash in hot water with fabric-safe bleach. If it isn’t washable, dab stain with vinegar, followed by cool water.

Coffee:
Pour white vinegar over stain until color is removed, then flush with water. If it contains dairy, blot with hot water mixed with an enzyme detergent as well.

Cranberry Sauce:
Rinse the stain with cold water. Then, soak in cold water with a small amount of vinegar and laundry soap for 15 minutes. If stain remains, blot with rubbing alcohol. For carpets, blot with cool water mixed with liquid dish soap and blot until stain disappears.

Grease:
Cover stain with an absorbent. Then, use a combination solvent to dab, and rinse with hot water. For carpet, sprinkle baking soda. Let sit for 15 minutes before blotting with a clean cloth.

Red Wine:
For delicate fabric, flush with white vinegar, then dab with cold water to rinse. For sturdier fabrics, use salt to coat the stain and let sit for 5 minutes. Then, carefully pour boiling water on stain. Blot with a tiny amount of dish soap in cold water. For carpets, blot with slightly damp towel. Then, mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply paste. Allow it to dry, then vacuum.

White Wine:
Pour cold water on stain and blot. For carpets, blot with slightly damp towel. Then, mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply paste. Allow it to dry, then vacuum.

Please feel free to contact us with any stain or carpet related questions. We are happy to help!