Best Care Tips

Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour

The holidays are a time for joy and family, not for worrying about yucky stains on your nice tablecloth.  So, relax, remember, there is always the option of taking your stained items to a professional so you won’t have to deal with it.  We remove stains like these every day.  

Candle Wax

candleWEB Gently lift off the larger pieces, then bring it to us - Dry Cleaning removes wax stains. After the wax is removed, we will treat any other stains & then professionally wet clean table cloths and napkins and even apply starch if you like, followed by a crisp pressing.

Wine & Coffee Stains

WineWEB Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the excess liquid. If you plan to bring it in to a stain removal expert, it’s best not to treat the coffee or wine at home. We will have greater success if there is no chemical reaction from home stain removers left in fabric. Be sure to let our customer service representatives know what spills are on your items and if you’ve tried anything at home.

Salad Oil

oilWEB This is the worst because it can yellow with age if not removed.  Dry Cleaning is the best de-greaser and works well for salad oil. Since the salad dressing may be a combination stain containing water based ingredients as well, we will treat any residue left after dry cleaning and professionally wet clean the item if the fabric allows it.

Cranberry

cranberryWEB Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.

 

Time is of the Essence

timeWEB It is always best to wash stained items or take them to your cleaner as soon as possible.  If your table linens are coloured or have coloured embroidery check for colourfastness before using the various over the counter stain removal products.  Anytime a stain is not washed out before drying it can become more difficult to remove.

Customer Question: Looking forward to Christmas

Q: How do I clean tree skirts before and after Christmas?

familyxmas A:Christmas tree skirts are often valuable and treasured holiday items. Some tree skirts are very costly, while others may be family heirlooms. Regardless of their original or sentimental value, tree skirts should be handled with great care.

In most cases, tree skirts cannot be safely laundered or dry cleaned, because they are adorned with beads, sequins, appliqués, lace, felt, quilted designs, multicoloured prints, and other types of decorative trim. In most cases, these decorative trims are attached with glues and adhesives that may not be safe for any cleaning method.

If water or other liquids spill on the skirt, blot the area with white handkerchiefs or cotton towels. Local stain removal treatments or spot cleaning by hand may be the only safe method for handling tree skirts. In some cases, stains cannot be removed without damage. Bring your tree skirt to us for assistance if stain removal becomes necessary.

Have a great holiday season!