With all of the celebrating, stains can seem to pile up over the holidays- the infamous ones being cranberry sauce and wine (see our previous post). While professional dry cleaning and help from one of our stain technician is best recommended, there are some steps you can do to help minimize the damage.

Cranberry Sauce

Soak the stained garment in ½ teaspoon liquid detergent with 1 quart of cool water for 15 minutes.

Wine Stain (see previous post for more details)

Spot treat the fabric with an absorbent towel and then rinse with cool water. Mild detergent and vinegar can also be useful.

Candle Wax

An often overlooked problem, candle wax can be the scourge of table cloths and placemats. Gently lift off pieces of wax and wash in hottest water that is recommended as safe for the cloth.


Identical to wine stains. You may use rubbing alcohol to remove stain.

Salad Dressing

The most time-sensitive, apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia immediately.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with hottest water recommended for the fabric.