Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast

December 07, 2018

Christmas feastThe holidays are a time for joy and family, not for worrying about yucky stains on your nice tablecloth.  So, relax, this handy stain removal guide will walk you through some of the most common dinner stains you may encounter this holiday season.  Remember, there is always the option of taking your stained items to  professional dry cleaners in Boston so you won’t have to deal with it.  We remove stains like these every day.

Candle Wax

Gently lift off the larger pieces.  Treat with a solvent-based stain removal product.  Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Wine Stain

Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the liquid or put paper towels under the spill.  Blotting can spread the stain.  After dinner: rinse in cool water; treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.


Same as wine.

Salad Oil

This is the worst because it can yellow with age if not removed.  Cover a big spill at the table with absorbent powder.  Shake off after supper. Apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia, ASAP.  Wait 5-10 minutes and wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.


Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.

Time is of the Essence

It is always best to wash stained items or take them to your cleaner as soon as possible.  If your table linens are colored or have colored embroidery check for colorfastness before using the various stain removal products.  Anytime a stain is not washed out before drying it can become more difficult to remove.

Your trusted local dry cleaner Utopia Cleaners is always here to help you clean your holiday table linens and garments, with or without stains. To save time for party fun and preparation, contact us for a dry cleaning and laundry pickup. We can have the cleaned laundry back to you within two days.