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How to remove common food stains from your dining room

Glass with spilled wine

Stains are the bane of keeping a dining room looking nice for more than a few weeks. A stubborn stain in a dining chair can render the entire set out of mint condition. So here’s a few ways to keep your dining room set (almost) as shiny and new as the day you moved in.

  1. Red Wine: If you or a guest spill red wine blot the stain as soon as possible to lift out as much wine as you can.  Don’t rub because that will spread the wine around.  Now take a sponge, a drop of detergent and some water and gently scrub the area.  Blot the spot again with clean cloths and now wipe off the detergent with clean damp towels or sponges.  You’re not likely to have removed the stain entirely but it should be much fainter.
  2. Coffee: Coffee is a scary spill, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare to clean up. Dabbing the area with white vinegar and rinsing it with cold water should remove the splotch. Dab the area with warm clean water.
  3. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: When kids discover hot dogs and hamburgers, there’s a good chance you’ll discover ketchup and mustard stains all over again. The solution here is to dab water on the area, work a little detergent on it, wipe with a damp cloth and hope for the best.
  4. For Leather Chairs: If you have leather chairs, and there’s no SmartSeat cover on it, there’s a few tricks for stains. Two things that are always important to remember for leather are (1) to blot, not scrub, as scrubbing can damage the leather, and (2) to apply a leather conditioner after any stain removal you do. Dried out leather won’t keep well.  For Food or Baby Formula stains on leather: Mix up a paste that is equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply it to the stained area and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe it up with a wet but not dripping towel. Blot as necessary with a damp cloth.
  5. SmartSeat Covers: Lastly, if you’ve spilled anything on a Smartseat cover, simply hand or machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water and line dry. For stubborn stains, try a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach, 10 parts water).

Photo by Gunnar Grimnes

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