STAINS & REMOVAL
Stains are always best treated fresh. It is important not to panic and start scrubbing straight away, however. The first thing to do is gently dab at the affected area with a dry cloth or kitchen paper to remove the worst of it, or, if it’s a solid stain, scrape it off as cleanly as possible with something like a blunt knife. Only once you’ve done that should you think about the stain that is left behind.
RED WINE Table salt helps to soak up the wine and is something that most of us have to hand. Cover the affected area immediately then press against it gently with a cloth; the salt crystals should soak up the excess liquid.
CANDLE WAX often drips on to tablecloths and sleeves. Scrape away as much hardened wax as you can, then cover the affected area with greaseproof paper and iron on a low setting. The heat should melt any remaining wax, which will then be absorbed by the paper.
LILY STAMENS Dab the affected area immediately with a piece of sticky tape to remove the loose pollen.
MAKE-UP around collars and necklines. Wipe with make-up remover wipes or baby wipes as soon as you notice the stain, then soak with biological laundry powder before washing as usual.