Want to be noticed? Tablecloths and table runners contribute to overall impressions at any event, large or small. They are also investments, with a value that grows over time, lasting for generations with proper care. TableclothsFactory.com recommends these handy cleaning tips to protect your investment.
When scanning for stains, inspect the entire surface area of both sides, including the overhangs of tablecloths and table runners. Gently brush away any removable debris, such as candle wax or crumbs. Remember to inspect the cloth for loose fibers and fraying. If present, these areas will require more tender care in cleaning prior to repair.
Next, apply an appropriate removal agent. Grease and lipstick stains are oil-based, thus requiring solvents like Goof Off. Food residue responds well to enzymatic cleaners, for example, Shout. When in doubt, follow manufacturer instructions on the bottle for best results. Do not apply chlorine bleach, ammonia or vinegar to linen tablecloths.
Removing candle wax requires paper towels and an iron. Sandwich the affected area with paper towels. A few passes with a warm iron, changing paper towels as needed, will easily resolve the situation. Finish off any remaining residue with an enzymatic cleaner, like Shout.
Finally, soak overnight, then gently wash in warm water with enzymatic laundry soap, like Biz. Line or towel dry your tablecloths and linens for the least amount of creases. What tricks do you know for cleaning tablecloth stains?