Combine good food and drink with a roomful of guests, excited children, and a hungry dog, and there are bound to be a few mishaps. With years of experience cleaning up in our labs, our experts offer advice for some common household goofs.
First blot with water. Next use the detergent solution from Recipes for disaster. For red wine you can then dab with 3 percent-strength hydrogen peroxide.
Blot with the detergent solution, then use the vinegar solution (see Recipes for disaster). Rinse with warm water. If a trace remains, dab with 3 percent-strength hydrogen peroxide.
Blot with an absorbent cloth, wipe with a damp cloth to help dissolve the stain, and dry with a soft cloth. If the stain remains, apply a little nongel toothpaste, or liquid or cream car polish, rubbing with the grain. Wipe with a dry cloth and polish, if needed.
Blot with acetone-based nail-polish remover. Then try a store-bought cleaning solvent,such as Afta or Goo Gone. If that doesn't work, try the detergent solution, then rinse.
Pour boiling water through the washable fabric from a height of 12 inches (the height increases the velocity of the water, which helps separate the wax from the fibers). If the fabric can't be laundered, sandwich it between paper towels and apply a warm iron.