Lift everything from red wine spills to salad dressing stains from heirloom table linens with this easy process. These steps can also be used when cleaning and storing holiday tea towels, oven mitts, placemats, etc.
Gather These Tools:
Stain Solution, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, Whites Detergent or Signature Detergent (depending on the fabric content), Large Zip Laundry Bag
Stains on your holiday table linens are a guarantee. Permanent stains are not! To treat, first identify the stain type. Most colored food stains are tannin stains, originally deriving from plant substances. These include wine, tomatoes sauce, fruit stains, and chocolate. These can be treated with our Stain Solution. Apply to the affected area and work into the fabric using our Stain Brush or your finger. If the stain is oil based (including olive oil, butter, peanut butter, etc.) our Wash & Stain Bar is the best tool for the job. Using your hands, work the bar into a lather using warm water. Then gently work into the stain. Rinse with warm water. If residue remains, work in our Stain Solution until it’s removed.
Next, soak the item in a bath of hot water and 2 capfuls All-Purpose Bleach Alternative for up to 30 minutes. Replace dirty water when necessary.
Follow by laundering as normal. We suggest handwashing heirlooms in a bath of warm water and either Whites Detergent or Signature Detergent. Always hang table linens to dry.
We always recommend storing items clean and in a cotton storage bag, like our Large Zip Laundry Bag, as this will protect the fabric's integrity by shielding dust and critters.