How to Remove Food Stains from a Tablecloth

How to remove food stains from tablecloth is a question usually asked after a holiday or a dinner party. Many tablecloths have sentimental meanings to the owner and there is a need to know some great tips when trying to remove the stains. Like most other fabrics and stains it is much easier to remove the sooner you can begin treating the stain.

Remove Food Stains from a Tablecloth

How to Remove General Food Stains From Tablecloth

What you will need:

  • A dull knife
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Water
  • Clean white cloths
  • Old Toothbrush

When using a tablecloth it seems inevitable that some type of food will be spilled and stained on the linen. Many tablecloths are passed down from generation to generation making it important to know how to remove the food stains rather than throwing it out and buying a new one. To remove general food stains from tablecloth you will need to carefully follow the directions below.

  1. If the food has dried onto the tablecloth you will need to us a dull knife to carefully scrape the stain. Carefully is the key word. Do not scrape the tablecloth too hard because you may end up creating a hole instead of helping the situation.
  2. Next, you will need to create a solution of 1 part dish detergent with 1 part water. This will be a gentle cleaning solution that will remove the stain, but keep the tablecloth looking nice once the stain is removed.
  3. Dip the clean white cloth into the solution. Completely saturate the cloth with the solution. 
  4. Blot the food stain with the dampened cloth. Continue to saturate and change the cloth as needed.
  5. You should continue to blot the stain until the stain has been removed.

How to Remove Gravy Stains Form Tablecloth

What you will need:

  • A dull knife
  • Commercial laundry pre-soak
  • Warm water
  • Enzyme detergent
  • All fabric bleach

Gravy is one of the holiday's most famous condiments and it is one of the most popular tablecloth stains. Gravy is greasy and can be difficult to remove if you do not have the right tips. To remove the gravy food stain from the tablecloth follow the directions below.

  1. Try and treat the stain right when it happens so that the stain does not spread even further. If you are unable to and the stain dries you will need to use a dull knife to scrape the dried gravy away. Be gentle when you do this so that you do not make a hole in the table cloth.
  2. Apply a commercial laundry pre-soak. The aerosol kind works the best for greasy stains like gravy.
  3. Fill the washer basin with warm water. Add enzyme detergent and some all fabric bleach along with the tablecloth.
  4. Allow the table cloth to soak in the solution overnight.
  5. Drain the washer so that you can start fresh.
  6. Launder as you normally would using the hottest water the fabric will allow.
  7. Inspect the stained area. If the tablecloth is still stained you will need to repeat the steps above until the stain has been completely removed. Do not put the tablecloth in the dryer if the stain is still there. This will only make it harder to get rid of.

How to Remove Cranberry Sauce Stains From Tablecloth

What you will need:

  • Cool water
  • Clean white cloth
  • A dull knife or spoon
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • All fabric bleach or chlorine bleach

When you put tablecloths on the table it is normally because of a special occasion or a holiday and what would Thanksgiving be without the cranberry sauce. The sauce can be made of gel or whole berries, but the result is same; an ugly cranberry sauce stain on your good tablecloth. This type of stain is a little more difficult to treat, but with the right tips you will be able to cleanse the tablecloth of its ugly stain.

  1. If there is any remaining cranberry sauce on the tablecloth, gently scrape it up with a spoon or dull knife.
  2. Next, make a solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid laundry detergent, and 1 quart cool water. You should mix this solution in a bucket big enough to soak the tablecloth in.
  3. Allow the stain to soak for about 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the tablecloth with clean water. You will need to ensure all of the cleaning solutions are rinsed from the fabric.
  5. Inspect the fabric. If the stain remains you will need to move on to step 6.
  6. Dampen a clean white cloth with rubbing alcohol and use it to sponge the cranberry stain. Continue to blot the stain until it is removed. Replace the cloth with rubbing alcohol as needed. Tip: rubbing alcohol is a bleaching agent and should not be used unless the fabric has been tested first. By using rubbing alcohol on the tablecloth you could change the color or even fade the color.
  7. Once you believe that the stain has been removed wash the tablecloth as you normally would. Add a small amount of liquid chlorine bleach or all fabric bleach to the washer if safe to use on the tablecloths fabric.
  8. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains repeat the steps above.