COFFEE STAINS FROM TABLECLOTH
To remove coffee (or tea) stains, rinse area with cold water immediately. Rub in a couple of drops of a mild, white dishwashing liquid and rinse well. Then treat with a mixture of one-part white household vinegar and three-parts water. Rinse again and launder as you normally do. Note: If cream was used in the coffee, you may have to sponge the stain with dry-cleaning fluid.
CRANBERRY STAINS FROM TABLECLOTH
To eliminate cranberry stains, scoop up as much of the sauce as you can—as quickly as you can— and then rinse with cold water. Pre-treat the stained area and then wash—as the care label for the fabric indicates.
REMOVING CANDLEWAX FROM TABLECLOTH
To get rid of candle wax from the tablecloth, let the wax harden—a quick way is to put it in the freezer. Then scrape it off the tablecloth with a dull knife. Place paper towels on both sides of the stain and set the iron on the warm setting, then iron (no steam) over the stained area. Change the towels often to absorb all of the wax. Launder as usual.
GRAVY FROM TABLECLOTH
To clean up gravy, spoon it up as fast as you can. Sprinkle artificial sweetener or flour over the stained area to absorb the grease. Put the tablecloth into a sink and soak in a mixture of one teaspoon of a mild, colorless detergent with each cup of lukewarm water for at least 20 minutes. Then wash as usual and let air dry—don’t put in the dryer.
RED-WINE STAIN FROM TABLECLOTH
To remove red-wine stains, pour a big dose of salt on top of the stain to absorb the liquid. Put the tablecloth into cold water and try to rub out the stain. Use an enzyme detergent in the hottest water safe for the fabric, soak for 30 minutes and launder.
LIPSTICK FROM NAPKINS
To remove most lipstick stains from napkins, put the napkin stain down on top of a couple layers of paper towel or absorbent towel. Dampen another towel with rubbing alcohol (70 or 90 percent), then dab, dab, dab the stained area. Look underneath and you should see lipstick on the paper towels. Keep at it until all of the stain is gone. Some long-lasting lipsticks may need more work to get off. You also can spritz a prewash spray onto both sides of the fabric, let set for a few minutes to let the spray work, then scrub with a small brush. Rinse, wash as usual and air dry. If a little color is left, repeat the steps and it should take care of the problem.
ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING FROM TABLECLOTH
To remove salad dressing from the tablecloth, first spoon up liquid, sprinkle several packets of artificial sweetener over the liquid to absorb as much as you can. Use a prewash product on the stains. Launder as usual. If it’s still stained, then sponge the area with dry-cleaning fluid, which will remove the grease, and then launder again.
CARPET STAIN KIT
For quick cleanup, have ready a bucket, basket or small container filled with small –size bottles of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap and paper towels or microfiber cloths. You will have the basics to go.
CLEANUP BROKEN ORNAMENTS OR HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Dampen paper towels or newspaper to lift up the pieces.
You also can use pieces of soft white mush bread to pick tiny bits. (Dispose of carefully in trash, so pets or children can’t get to it.)
And sprinkling salt over the area and sweeping up will do the job too.
GETTING RID OF PET HAIR
If couches or chairs in your living or guest room are covered with pet hair, get rid of it by simply using the following: Wrap duct or sticky tape around your hand (sticky side out!) and press or wipe over hairy areas to remove the pet hair. Also a lint brush or damp cellulose sponge wiped over the hair will work effectively. And the sole of a clean sneaker or a rubber glove rubbed over the areas will take off the hair too!