Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Accident

After everyone has left and you have a few days to breathe - is when you find the little accidents that happened during your Thanksgiving celebration. I got a desperate call from Sally in the Berkshires, who found a large grease stain on her fabric chair.
Sally: "I tried some baking soda and white vinegar, but the stain is still there. What can I do?"
Me: "Let's start with one simple secret ingredient that cuts through grease. It will take some patience, but we'll see if we can remove it with this first."

What's the secret ingredient? It's rubbing alcohol! Alcohol breaks down the grease. You can try it on clothes and furniture. I even suggested it to a mom with a crayon stain on her couch. Just make sure you try it in a hidden place in case it may change the color of the fabric.

Sally called back after two applications: "It seems to be working, but I can still see the stain."
Me: "If it's working, lets keep going. You'll have to be patient, but it should come out."

The next day I got a very happy phone call from Sally:  "It worked! The stain is gone!"
Simple things can work! It just takes some patience.

1 comment:

  1. As a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner, I can verify Leslie's claim- rubbing alcohol does indeed do a great job at breaking up grease. For larger grease stains, you can simply use dawn dish soap. Obviously this will need to be rinsed and extracted out of the fabric which you can do with a little water and a small wet/dry shop vac.