Getting stains out of tablecloths is easiest if you can launder them right away. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible when you have house guests during the holidays. Still, the sooner you can wash a stained tablecloth the better.
It can also be tempting to delay washing your tablecloth if you are not sure how best to handle a particular kind of stain. One of my New Year’s resolutions is getting stains out of tablecloths promptly! I plan to keep stain removal information at hand so that I have no excuse not to keep my favorite tablecloths looking great.
I discovered that Better Homes and Gardens has an excellent post on the subject How to Treat Tablecloth Stains. This morning I tried out two of their tips for getting stains out of tablecloths with great success:
Use a dull knife to scrape the wax from the fabric. For any remaining wax, place the waxy area between paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace the paper towels as the wax is absorbed.
Sponge or soak the stain using cool water. Pretreat it with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder the cloth with fabric-safe bleach.
Finally, here is a tip from Superior Table Pad: while your tablecloth is in the washing machine, take a moment to wipe down the vinyl surface of your table pads with a damp cloth. Using a soft brush, gently brush off the bottom of your table pads. Now your table is ready for action again!