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Don't Let Holiday Stains Ruin the Spirit of the Season!
11/8/2005

Question:

Are there any simple steps that I can take at home to remove typical holiday stains?

Answer:

Everyone loves the holidays . . . that is, until the first messy stain ruins your favorite blouse or shirt or worse yet, the carpet! But what would holiday fun be without something delicious (and messy!) for special dinners, office parties and religious celebrations? Anytime you bring good times, good cheer and good company together, it often results in stains from food and drinks that end up on clothes and holiday tablecloths.

Dont let those inevitable holiday stains put a damper on your holiday spirit! There are simple things YOU can do, right at home, to remove stains and save the day. Zengeler Cleaners has assembled some easy-to-use tips and tricks to ensure that this year, stains don't spoil your joyous occasion.

"Apple cider, cranberry sauce, gravy and eggnog stains are the most common culprits this time of year," said Tom Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners. "Combine those with stains from common beverages such as wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks and you have quite the challenge. Here are some easy and practical ideas that may help you remove the stains and enjoy the gathering!"

TIPS FOR STAINS OF ANY KIND

Always test the color-fastness of the fabric before attempting any type of stain removal.

Treat stains as soon as possible to avoid having them set.

If the garment is dry-cleanable, it should be handled professionally.

TIPS FOR LIQUID STAINS (wine, tea, coffee, soda, cranberry sauce and apple cider)

Rinse the stain with cold water.

Blot it with mild dishwashing liquid or a mild detergent and rinse.

If the stain is still present, blot with white vinegar, then rinse thoroughly.

When all else fails, try 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at any drug or grocery store) but first test it in an unexposed area such as a seam or shoulder pad to be sure its safe for the fabric and color.

EGGNOG & GRAVY STAINS

Blot the stain with cold water and mild detergent, then rinse.

If the stain persists, take a small amount of powdered detergent and mix with one ounce of non-sudsing household ammonia to form a paste and apply to the stained area for 5 to 10 minutes, then launder as usual.

Caution: DO NOT USE this procedure on silk or wool garments. For these fabrics, use a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly.

If none of these tips remove the stains, bring your soiled garments to Zengeler Cleaners, said Joe Maricich, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Illinois largest dry cleaner. We have a few stain removal tricks that you cant really try at home. There is one more thing you can do to help: let us know what youve already tried at home so we can find the best solution to your problem!

Enjoy the holidays!

 

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