The holiday season is upon us! With all the running around and chaos, accidents and stains are bound to happen. From spilled wine to gravy splatters, there are many types of stains you could encounter. However, knowing how to remove these stains will keep you from going crazy during the holidays. Thankfully, the laundry experts at SoapBox Laundry have come up with these stain removal tips for some of the favorite holiday foods, so you can have your pie and eat it (or accidentally drop it), too.
Don’t Let Wine Stains Get You Down
Wine stains can appear on various materials. If wine spills on a furniture cushion, blot up as much as you can and treat the fabric with an upholstery cleaner. When the holiday is over, (and if it’s movable) bring it to SoapBox so our dry cleaning experts can work their magic. If you get a wine stain on clothing (it happens to the best of us!), soak the garment in cool water. Then treat it with a stain remover and toss it in the washer on the hottest water safe for your garment’s fabric.
Don’t Get Your Feathers Ruffled By Grease Stains—Do This Instead
Whether you’re cooking the turkey or just enjoying it at the dinner table, turkey grease has a way of splattering on to fabrics. For light grease stains, pre-treat the spot by spraying stain remover or rubbing it with detergent booster or liquid laundry detergent. For heavy duty grease stains, lay the item face down on top of clean paper towels and apply cleaning liquid on the back of the stain. Just be sure to replace the paper towel often. Let your garment air dry and then rinse it in the hottest water that your item can handle.
The Sweet Truth About Removing Pie Stains
You may have made it all the way to dessert without even a crumb dropping, but pies can be the nemesis of even the neatest eaters. If you find yourself wrapping up dessert with a stain, blot the spot dry. When you get home (or when your guests leave), read your garment’s label to find out the hottest water in can be washed in and then toss it in the washer—just be sure to avoid using soap.
A general rule of thumb for most stains? Act quickly and remember to always blot—preferably with a white cloth or towel—never scrub. If you need a little further assistance, stop by SoapBox Laundry today and we’ll be happy to help!