Here's a guide to removing the most common types of Thanksgiving stains so you can stop worrying about clean up and just enjoy the day itself, and the rest of your long weekend.
Of course the main part of Thanksgiving day is the big meal, and the celebrations surrounding eating (and drinking). Therefore, most of the common stains we get on this holiday have to do with food stains.
There are a couple of different kinds of stains, including greasy stains, tannin based stains, and protein based stains. There are also a couple of miscellaneous stains that aren't food related at all, like candle wax.
Here's a list of the pages in the A-Z Stain Removal Guide where you can get step by step instructions for how to remove these stains from your laundry, upholstery and carpet.
The key to dealing with butter stains is to treat them quickly, and to remove the grease which you can't do with water alone. Instead, use a dab of dish soap, rub it into the stain, and then rinse away the soap and grease at the same time.
You can learn more about butter stain removal here.
Gravy is known as a "combination stain," because it contains grease and protein within it. Of course, the part that seems to stain more is the greasy part, so that's why I've placed it in this section.
You can learn how to remove gravy stains here.
Don't let some spilled beer ruin your good time with your family and friends. Instead, follow these instructions for removing beer stains here.
No matter how you eat your cranberries though, they can be messy and leave a big bright red stain on table cloths, clothes, carpet and more.
The secret to berry stains is to treat them quickly, to make sure they color doesn't set. You can get step by step instructions for removing cranberry stains here.
Although I've classified pumpkin stains as being tannin based, they are actually another classic example of combination stains once the pumpkin has been mixed with other ingredients, such as is the case when discussing pumpkin pie.
Here are the instructions for pumpkin stain removal, whether you've stain clothing, upholstery or carpet.
As you can see from the picture, however, if this stuff drips or spills it makes quite a mess on whatever it touches.
These are some of the toughest stains to remove, especially if you don't act quickly and have the right stain fighting supplies on hand. Here are the instructions for red wine stain removal to help you with this tricky stain.
Pumpkin and sweet potato stains look quite similar, but fortunately you don't have to be able to distinguish them since they are removed in just about the same way.
Because these stains are so bright, though, it is best to deal with them as quickly as possible before they spread or set. You can get instructions for sweet potato stain removal here.
All protein based stains, such as cream should be initially treated with cold water, and not warm or hot water, so you don't set the stain.
You can read directions for how to remove cream stains here.
Instead, what stains if you plop a little mashed potato on yourself is the butter and cream within the potatoes. This is, therefore, a classic combination stain that can tricky to treat because protein based stains should be treated with cold water, whereas greasy stains are best removed with hot water.
Get directions for mashed potato stain removal here, to learn how to deal with this quandry.
Candle wax is also a trick stain to remove, since it involves both removing the wax itself and also the stain that colored wax can leave behind on the fibers. Here are instructions for candle wax stain removal to help you with both issues.
I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving day this year filled with happy memories and good food, and few Thanksgiving stains!
Middle Thanksgiving dinner photo by dinnerseries
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