Learn How to Make Stains Disappear

Toss It or Keep It?

How to know if that broken, stained or otherwise messed-up object can be saved or if it’s a goner. First in a series from HGTV Magazine, November 2017.

Dilemma: A guest accidently spills red wine on your tablecloth. Can it be saved or is it destined to be turned into rags?

A White Linen Tablecloth with a Red Wine Spill

Red Wine Spill“Act fast and chances are you can get the spot out,” says Nancy Bock, a senior vice president at the American Cleaning Institute. Dab with a no-fuzz cloth and cool water (put a trivet under the cloth first to protect the table). After guests leave, hold the stained area beneath a steady stream of cool water for a few minutes, then blot dry. Treat with a prewash stain remover, then wash as recommended on the fabric care label. Reapply stain remover and wash if necessary.

Laundry Lessons

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