How to Get Stains out of Linen Tablecloth?

1. How to get old yellow stains out of a linen tablecloth
a) Borax
Borax, a powdery white mineral, is a whitening laundry booster available in many stores. Add half a cup of Borax to one gallon of water and soak your tablecloth in this solution overnight. Then use a mild detergent to wash them.
b) Vinegar
Mix half a cup of vinegar with one gallon of lukewarm water in a tub or a bucket, immerse your tablecloth in the solution for an hour. After that, machine wash or hand wash is permitted, using a gentle detergent. Air drying is better to eliminate the vinegar smell.
c) Baking Soda
Baking soda is an odor neutralizer carrying natural whitening abilities. Add half a cup of baking soda to your mild laundry detergent will boost the detergent’s cleaning power, and make your tablecloth cleaner.
d) Lemon Juice
The citric acid in lemons is a natural bleaching agent. Pour the juice of one lemon into your washing machine with laundry detergent to wash your linen tablecloth.
e) Bleach Is Not Recommended
Bleach is known for whitening everything. However, lots of bleaches contain chlorine material, which may damage your skin and cause irritation and burning if its residue is left on the tablecloth.

2. How to Remove Ink out of Linen Tablecloth
a) Dish Soap and White Vinegar
Dissolve half of the teaspoon of dish soap and one full tablespoon of white vinegar into one liter of warm water. Sitting the flax tablecloth into the solution for about half an hour. Then stir it gently. After soaking it, take it out and rinse it under the cold water, especially the stains. Attention please: use only cold water because hot water can worsen the stains.
b) Hairspray
Spray some of the hairspray on the ink stain, just a light coating of it. And leave it for about 10 minutes, letting the fibers loosen up. After that, take a piece of clean wet cloth and gently dampen the ink stain. You could surprisingly notice that the ink is disappearing. Next wash the item alone in case of spreading to other fabrics if there is some ink residue.
c) Alcohol
Apply some rubbing alcohol on the ink stain, and make sure it entirely covers the stain. Then put some pieces of fabric or cardboard under the stain to bypass any unnecessary spills. Next, cover an absorbent cloth on the stain. You could put some heavy stuff on it to help absorb better. Let them sit for about half an hour. After that, use clean paper towels to blot the stain gently. You could spray some alcohol again, to be sure. In the end, wash it in cold water.

3. How to get red wine stains out of white linen tablecloth
a) Vinegar & Water
Red wine stains require immediate attention. Blotting the stains with 1/3 cup​【79 mL】 vinegar in 2/3cup​【158 mL】 water. Then laundry your tablecloth in cold water.
b) Alcohol and Water, Use Enzyme Detergent in Some Cases
Mingle two tablespoons of alcohol in one cup of water and soak your linen item. Rinse your tablecloth in cold running water. You could add an enzyme detergent to remove wine stains if the stain is stubborn.

4. How to Remove Candle Wax from Linen Tablecloth
Don’t try to scrape it eagerly when the wax is unset. You could place an ice cube on the wax and cool it down, then scrape it off. Scrape it with a blunt object, avoiding damage to the linen.

The Last Important Procedure -- Air Dry in a Clothes Line
If possible, after washing, hang your beloved linen tablecloth on a clothesline to dry up. Make sure the fabric is totally hung unfolded and unwrinkled. Machine drying is not recommended for it may cause stains to worsen. However, don’t expose your linen to the sun for more than three hours, for excess heat may damage the fabric’s quality.

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