Of course, it’s nice to set the festive table with a snow-white starched tablecloth. But every housewife knows how difficult it is to put her in order again later, especially if you do not tackle the stains while they are fresh.
Some of the hostesses, protecting the tablecloth, lay an oilcloth on the table, others prefer to cover the table with a colored tablecloth to receive guests, but the most persistent still do not refuse the festive look of their table and prefer the snow-white ceremonial tablecloth to everyone else.
If your front tablecloth is still stained from previous feasts, try to tidy it up as quickly as possible, because old stains are much more difficult to remove. And for the future, remember that you need to deal with soiled napkins and tablecloths as soon as possible after the feast.
Fresh stains from fruit and wine are not difficult to remove: for this you need to treat them with ammonia or soda solution (1 teaspoon per glass of water), and then rinse with water.
It is recommended to first soak white cotton and linen tablecloths with fruit spots in milk and then wash.
You can try to remove stains from red wine and berries on colored products with a mixture of glycerin and raw egg yolk, taken in equal parts. Treat contaminated areas with this compound, and after a few hours rinse with warm water.
Fresh stains from a colored tablecloth can be removed with a gruel from table salt and water, and then washed with a soapy solution.
You can try to remove stains from red wine with a solution of potassium permanganate by moistening a dirty place with it, and after a few minutes you need to wipe it with a solution of hydrogen peroxide (1 teaspoon per glass of warm water).
Stains from white wine, beer, champagne, liqueurs are removed from white and strongly colored fabrics with a solution of high-quality soap, baking soda and water (5 g of soap, half a teaspoon of soda in a glass of water). Moisten the stains with the solution and leave it there for a day, after which the product must be rinsed.
If, despite all efforts, purple or blue marks remain on the fabric, then white fabrics and fabrics with a durable color can be boiled with hydrogen peroxide.
You can sprinkle a fresh grease stain with salt, shake it after a couple of minutes and repeat the procedure. Or you can sprinkle a greasy spot with talcum powder or crushed chalk, cover with absorbent paper and iron with an iron heated to medium temperature. If the stain does not come out immediately, the talcum powder can be left overnight.
Try to remove a greasy stain with a gruel made from potato flour that has been pre-dried over a fire. Then cool the gruel, mix with gasoline and smear the stained areas. After a while, the tablecloth should be washed.
Stains from vegetable oil, sprat and other canned food in oil can be removed with kerosene. After that, wash the tablecloth in warm soapy water.
You can try to tidy up a white tablecloth that has lost its appearance using the following recipe: soak a white tablecloth in warm soda water for a day. Then wring it out and lather it on both sides with laundry soap, fold it in four, roll it into a roll and leave it without water for a day.
After that, pour boiling water over the tablecloth and boil for 30 minutes. Let the tablecloth cool and hand wash. And then, as usual – rinse, starch, dry and iron!