The holiday season is a time of merriment and cheer, but it can leave your fabrics in a bit of a state. Gravy, wine, and even coffee can all result in stains around your home that are tough to shift.
But fear not! Here, we’re going to take a look at some tactics and strategies you can use to rid your home of holiday stains and get it looking squeaky clean once more.
How To Get Rid Of Grease Stains
Holiday season food is much more decadent than at other times of the year. It’s not uncommon, therefore, to find big globs of oil, spreading out between the fibers of your table cloth, making it appear darker than the surrounding material.
There are two tricks for dealing with grease stains. First, dab it gently with a bit of Pine-Sol (or equivalent). The chemicals in the formulation will help to break down the grease before you put it in the wash. Next, put the tablecloth through your regular cycle (according to the manufacturer’s specifications). Then, take it out and hang it to dry.
Important: don’t put it in the dryer as this can make any oil stains set.
You can apply the same method to wash any of your upholstery afflicted by grease stains – and even your clothes for that matter!
How To Get Rid Of Chocolate Stains
Chocolate tends to feature a lot over the holidays, whether it’s in the form of cake, puddings, or just neat.
Chocolate, like grease, however, has a high-fat content making it difficult to remove.
One of the best ways to remove chocolate from fabrics and linen is to use Shout spray. Rub the spray into the afflicted portion of your fabric and then allow the product to do its job. The cleaning agent will neutralize the tannins in chocolate and help to lift the grease from the material. Then, if possible, hold the fabric taut under lukewarm running water to push the stains out.
How To Get Rid Of Berry And Red Wine Stains
Both berries and red wine are high in phytonutrients, like anthocyanins, which can discolor practically any material with which they come in contact.
If you get wine stains on your carpet or upholstery, consider hiring a professional. It’s often tough to remove 100 percent.
If you do decide to attempt removal yourself, try using specialist wine removal products, like Wine Away. (You might want to stock up on these before the start of the holiday season, just