AFTER the turkey has been eaten and the food sweats have kicked in, there is nothing more annoying than to find that ugly, stubborn looking stain has been left behind.
Stains like red wine, gravy, cranberry sauce and candle wax can often leave a sour taste. How can we get rid of them so that our holiday season can be a bit more hassle free?
With its strong colour, there is no doubt that it will leave a mark on a table cloth. To deal with a cranberry sauce stain, remove any excess sauce and dab with cool water. Apply a stain remover to the underside of the mark to help lift it and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then wash as normal adding a cap full of stain remover to load.
Anything with grease can always be a tough stain to remove. To remove the stain apply washing powder and washing up liquid to the affected area and rub it in. If the stain is large it might be worth leaving it to soak overnight and then wash as normal.
With red wine the sooner the spill is worked on the better. Once a glass is knocked over, immediately try to soak up as much of the spillage as possible and apply salt, which will absorb the wine. Then wash the table cloth with a stain remover as soon as possible.
Having a candle on a dinner table is always a nice addition, especially at Christmas but if wax drips onto a favourite table cloth it can soon be a disaster. However this is one stain that is best left and not dealt with straight away as it’s easier to remove once it hardens. Scrape as much of the wax away as possible, then place paper nap-