Top Tips On How Not To Make A Mark This Season

 Christmas Cheer
It’s surely happened to every single one of us at some point. You’ve got your best dress on, you’re sashaying through the kitchen and swoosh - before you know it you’ve become a victim of flying fat from the roasting pan. While there may not be an immediate solution, there are certainly steps you can take to ease the long-term effects.

Grease Stain

Firstly check the care label – if the fabric is delicate or dry clean only it may be best to leave to the experts. If the fabric is washable then go ahead.
  1. Blot the remaining grease with a soft cloth or paper towel (make sure this is white so the colour doesn’t run onto your fabric). Do NOT scrub.
  2. Cover the stain with an absorbent such as talcum powder or baking powder (do a test patch first).
  3. Let it sit for an hour (longer if the stain is bad), then brush off the powder. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Wash using the directions on the care label.

Red Wine Stain

Again, the first step is to check the care label. All being well – act fast!
  1. Put a white cloth under the stain to prevent it spreading, and blot the surface to absorb as much as you can. Do not rub.
  2. Keep the stain damp by dabbing with cool water, sparkling or soda water – don’t be tempted to use hot water as this could set the stain.
  3. Cover the area with salt and press into the damp area; the salt will absorb the bulk of the stain.
  4. Brush off the salt, and if the stain is still there, continue to wet the area with cool water and blot with a clean cloth.
  5. As soon as possible apply a commercial stain remover, and following the care instructions wash at a low (NOT high) temperature.

Chocolate Stain

The first time someone told me to clean a piece of clothing by putting it in the freezer I thought they had lost their marbles. However, I tried it, it worked, and it’s now bit of a personal go-to for both cleansing and, when necessary, stain removal.
  1. Place your garment in a plastic bag (stain outwards so that it doesn’t stick to other parts of the fabric) – then put into the freezer until it has set.
  2. Once the chocolate is solid again, use a blunt knife to scrape the excess chocolate from the garment. Be careful not to pull the fabric with the blade.
  3. After checking the care label, if appropriate then finish by washing with an appropriate washing detergent.
(This technique also works for chewing gum removal)
Written By Nicky Adams


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