Holiday Tips & Tricks for those pesky stains!

Hosting holiday mingles can be stressful enough, but dealing with unwanted pesky stains can make your head spin. Before you put hours of work into getting rid of stains, make sure you have the right tools and products. With our handy tips, you’ll be able to get out lingering and in-the-moment stains.

Red wine. There is always at least one guest who has slippery hands and ends up spilling wine in your home. With wine, especially red, it’s important to blot it right away with a white microfibre cloth until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Then whip up a quick DIY solution of liquid dish soap (1 tbsp.), distilled white vinegar (1 tbsp.) and warm water (2 cups), then blot the stain. If the stain doesn’t transfer to the cloth right away, mix equal parts liquid dish soap with hydrogen peroxide in a separate bowl or spray bottle and apply to stain, letting it soak in before blotting away with your microfiber cloth. Note: always test on an inconspicuous area of fabric before applying the full amount.


Hot chocolate and eggnog. These delicious holiday beverages can leave behind some ugly stains. If this happens, all you need to do is mix warm water (two cups) and liquid dish soap (one tbsp.), and sponge the solution into the stain and blot again with a dry microfibre cloth. If the stain persists, mix white vinegar (one cup) and warm water (two cups) and gently work through the stain, then rinse again with warm water and blot the remaining moisture with a dry microfibre cloth.


Candle wax. Nothing says the holidays like candles everywhere, but no one wants to spill wax on a vintage tablecloth. If a small amount drips, blot it away with a generous dollop of vegetable oil. If it’s a bit larger, scrape the excess off with a dull knife and place a damp hand towel over the wax. Press down on it with an iron on a low heat setting for about 10 seconds at a time until the wax has transferred fully to the towel.


Cake icing and food colouring. While decorating cakes and cookies is a fun family activity, the food colouring in icing is one stain you don’t want to mess with. Go after these stains as soon as possible, scraping the excess off with a knife or spoon so it doesn’t dry. Combine cool water (one cup), white vinegar (1 tbsp.) and liquid dish soap (1 tbsp.), pour just enough to cover the stain. Let it soak for about 15 minutes and take a white microfibre cloth dipped in cool water to blot away the solution, and the stain along with it. If the stain remains, make a solution of warm water (one cup), ammonia (1 tbsp.) and liquid dish detergent 1 tbsp) and that should do the trick.


Butter and grease. The grease in butter can set in quick, making it a tricky but not impossible stain. Start by removing the excess butter from the area, then dip a corner of a dry, white microfibre cloth into water and coat liberally with salt, then hold it against the stain – don’t rub. Hold it for about a minute and then dust away the salt with another damp part of the cloth.


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