Well, it happened. Someone was pouring some olive oil on their salad during
the T-giving meal and missed their plate. There's now a huge blot of oil on
the linen table cloth. Is there a way of removing the oil without damaging
the color and fabric?
If you also know of another idea for stain removal, I'm interested in that.
I'm currently using soda water to remove the random drops of red wine, too,
with varying success. <sigh>
I've always used Era Detergent, full strength, to treat greasy or
organic stains, with good results. Just apply f.s., let it soak 30 min,
launder. I used to be expert at splattering spaghetti sauce all over
the front of me...Era always took it out :o) Dawn would probably work,
too. Unless it is an unusual dye, neither should harm linen.
If the table cloth is something special, family heirloom or the like,
it might be wise to have it dry cleaned. The folks in those shops have
an extensive knowledge of stain removal tricks that work. IIRC,
Consumer Reports has a publication that addresses stain removal
Yes, stain removal is an issue for 10's of millions, and it's well
researched. A web search might be better than asking here. I don't
often say that, especially because it's possible here to give lots of
details and ask and answer quesitons. But the only variable here
seems to be "olive oil". A good webpage should handle that.
BTW, I didn't believe tehre were enzymes in clothes detergent, or that
they did anything, until I heard they were a health hazard for people
who made or maybe boxed the stuff. And my impression is that dirt
that didn't come out very well in the past has in the last few years.
Has anyone else noticed this?
My mother's old trick: First heavily dust the stain with plain baby talcum
powder. Do not rub it in but you can compress the powder into the table cloth
with the palm of your hand using some plain white paper towels. (Talcum powder
loves oils.(Let it sit overnight. The next AM, gather up the table cloth so you
don't spill the powder all over the place, go outside, and using a toothbrush,
gently brush off all the powder. Then repeat the process once again. After the
second day, launder with a 5 minute pre-treatment of full strength laundry
liquid. Good luck!
Now that you mention it, I've gotten a spot of food oil (either salad
oil or conceibably maybe even liquid meat or chicken fat) on my shirt
on a few occasions, and the next day the spot is gone without my doing
a thing. I didn't investigate enough. I thought it must have spread
out so thin I couldn't see it anymore.
I use Naptha for oily stains, apply and let sit for about 5 minutes,
then reapply and blot dry with a clean paper towel. Reapply a third
time and then gently rub in liquid Tide or equivalent, and then wash
as normally done. Works great for oily stuff, but does not remove
stains from wine. My wife has a few tricks for wine and berries that
she has gathered over the years.
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