Top Tips On How Not To Make A Mark This Season
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.
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.
- 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.
- Cover the stain with an absorbent such as talcum powder or baking powder (do a test patch first).
- Let it sit for an hour (longer if the stain is bad), then brush off the powder. Repeat if necessary.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover the area with salt and press into the damp area; the salt will absorb the bulk of the stain.
- 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.
- As soon as possible apply a commercial stain remover, and following the care instructions wash at a low (NOT high) temperature.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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