Well, you’ve made it through the holiday season—but do you now have cranberry sauce stains on your favorite silk blouse, gravy stains on your black dinner jacket or a splash of red wine on the plush rug? The holidays are a time to enjoy great food and family, but with all of the festivities and merriment, stains are bound to occur. Now that the holiday season has wound down, those stains are settling deep into your clothes, and the longer a stain sits, the more difficult it is to remove.
Sure, that turkey may have been delicious, but chances are you do not want to be remembering it every time you wear your favorite sweater. Here are a few ways to remove the most common stains that occur during the holiday season:
- Turkey juice and fat: Whether you spilled a bit of turkey juice on yourself when pulling the bird out of the oven or carving the turkey resulted in a slight splash, there is a way to save your clothes from this type of stain. Attempt to pre-treat the garment with dish soap and soak it for approximately 30 minutes in hot water before air-drying it. Often, this will be sufficient to remove the stain.
- Butter: It is practically a guarantee that butter will be present at every holiday feast. Whether it’s on the rolls or the mashed potatoes, there is a high chance that a butter stain will find its way onto your favorite holiday dress. But the mess of butter can be easily combated using a common household ingredient: salt. Just sprinkle some salt on that buttery stain and let it sit. Use a spot remover or liquid soap to wash the garment in hot water, and then dry it as you usually would.
- Cranberry sauce: If you end up with a dark stain from cranberry sauce, you will want to rinse the clothing item under cold water for a minute or two. Then let it soak for 15 minutes with one tablespoon of detergent and white vinegar. Then, to really lift the stain, blot it with rubbing alcohol. If that stain still does not want to come out, it is time to take it to your dry cleaner in Cape May County, NJ.
- Eggnog: While eggnog is delicious, it can leave quite a mess when spilled. To remove this stain, blot it and then soak the garment for 30 minutes in cold water with a bit of enzyme detergent. Then wash the clothing using your normal method.
- Wine: No stain is as notorious as the stain of red wine. If you ended up covered in the otherwise pleasant burgundy color, immediately pour boiling water on the stain to quickly remove it. White wine, meanwhile, can be treated by pouring cold water on the area and blotting it.
If none of these remedies do the trick—or if you just don’t trust yourself to do the job right—you can always bring your clothes to a professional dry cleaner in Cape May County, NJ. The team at Court House Cleaners is here to help you avoid wearing the stains of your holiday dinner all year long.