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Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert from Merry Maids, says stains from red wine, candle wax, chocolate, coffee, gravy, and cranberry sauce commonly occur during dinner parties, writes Maggie Winterfeldt of PopSugar.
Red wine is a common staple in dinner parties, but it can be harsh on upholstery and carpets.To clean red wine stains, Johnson recommends pouring some club soda on a piece of microfiber or white cloth, and use it to blot the stain.
To remove dried-up wine stains, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, a tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, and blot it on the stain.
The same solution can be used in removing coffee stains on carpets, using a microfiber or white cloth to remove the excess coffee.
Candle wax drippings on a prized tablecloth can be removed by placing the tablecloth in a freezer and scraping the drippings later with a blunt butter knife.
Alternatively, a sheet of wax paper can be placed on the stained portion of the linen, and iron and reverse side to move the spilled wax onto the sheet of wax paper.
A solution of a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 2 cups of cold water can be used with a piece of cloth in blotting out chocolate stains.Blot the soiled area, and place an electric fan over it until the blot dries.
Gravy stains on linens or clothes are best removed by using a laundry stain remover and cleaning the linens or clothes in a washing machine.
Cranberry sauce spilled on the tablecloth by soaking the tablecloth for 15 minutes in a solution of half a tablespoon of mild liquid detergent, a tablespoon of vinegar and a quart of cool water.The tablecloth can be washed afterwards in cool water.