There is no shortage of museum exhibits worldwide featuring table services galore. On the other hand, fine table linens don’t seem to survive the test of time quite so well. It’s because the dishes are able to be easily washed spotlessly clean, but the table linens need a lot more care and skill, but don’t necessarily get it!
From a sentimental point of view, when it comes to a holiday dinner, every stain left behind tells a story. But once the meal is over, what is most important is knowing how to take care of those stains immediately following the meal and before getting them professionally cleaned.
The cardinal rule to long linen life is prompt cleaning. Keep in mind that the chances of removing these stains decrease by 10% every week cleaning is delayed.
- Blot spills and stains with a clean white cloth, NEVER rub – rubbing can abrade fibers and damage the finish and any optical brighteners that the manufacturer may have used.
- Don’t try home remedies- grease stains, coffee stains, food dyes, etc. all react differently to different spot removal agents. The experts at the New York School of Drycleaning say there is no one size fits all stain remover out there, so the risk of setting a stain by using the wrong approach outweighs the possible benefits. It’s similar to taking medication – if you are a diabetic, insulin is a wonder drug, but if your problem is hypertension, insulin could be lethal.
- Don’t wait- bringing Ziker Cleaners your table linens for prompt care increases the chances of successful stain removal.
- Don’t dab with bleach. Don’t for a moment think that soaking the stain in chlorine bleach will ‘bleach out’ the stain. Many favored table linens have been ruined with that approach. All you’ll achieve is an acceleration of fabric deterioration and chances are you’ll cause a nasty yellow stain that will be difficult for us to neutralize and remove.
- Cleaning properly takes some extra time- we have the necessary knowledge and skills to remove most stains, but we need extra time to work on them.