Holiday Do's and Don'ts for Treating Stains

January 8, 2019

Nothing will put a snag in holiday celebrations like spills and stains. But, before your party comes to a halt, Fabric Care Cleaners, a family-owned and operated business who’s been serving Hoosiers for 58 years, has a few tips and tricks to remove some of the most common dinner stains you may encounter this holiday season.

Candle Wax
Candles create great lighting for holiday meals and parties, but if someone bumps the table, and wax drips onto your favorite tablecloth, there’s a simple trick to lift the wax.  According to Tom Prionas, owner of Fabric Care Cleaners, you can let the wax dry on its own or put the item in the freezer. Then, gently lift off the larger pieces of wax after they have solidified.  If there’s residue from the wax, mineral spirits can be used to treat the garment. If the candle was colored, the dye left on the tablecloth may require professional care.

Red Wine
Another common drip or spill amongst partygoers is red wine. To help prevent further staining, it’s important to lightly touch the spot with an absorbent towel as soon as possible to draw up the liquid. Then, place paper towels under the spill to help with blotting. Next, you should rinse the item in cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.

Black coffee is another tricky stain and should be treated right away. First, you’ll want to lightly touch with an absorbent towel. Be careful not to blot it, because it could spread the stain. Second, rinse the item in cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.

Prionas also recommends these quick tips when fighting a stain:


  • If your table linens are colored or have colored embroidery, check for colorfastness before using the various stain removal suggestions.

  • If the stain is still present after cleaning, DO NOT put it in the dryer to dry. The heat could set the stain permanently.

Some stains require professional service with cleaning techniques by experts. Fabric Care Cleaners serves the Indy metro area with six locations and offers free pickup and delivery from homes and offices with their Gold Star Delivery Service. To get started, call the Gold Star Delivery Service number at 317-224-3212 and the route manager will explain how the service works, plus offer options as to how the service can work best for you. With Fabric Care Cleaners’ free delivery, you can enjoy the convenience of saving two trips to the cleaners.


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