What is your most reliable method for removing oily stains from your table linens?

What is a cloth benapkined bagna cauda lover to do?

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nataliesztern January 5, 2014
True Pegeen. However I have never had anything bleed. Just lucky, I guess but you are right about that.
 
Pegeen January 5, 2014
About the Scotchguard possibly causing dye to bleed... I speak from sorry experience. Not all fabric dyes are created equally.
 
Pegeen January 5, 2014
Nataliesztern, just a note that not all fabrics are Scotchguard safe. It may cause some dyes to bleed. The can of Scotchguard will caution you to test a small sample of the fabric in an inconspicuous spot to be sure.
 
nataliesztern January 5, 2014
To begin with I spray everything new with Scotchguard. Especially table linen including linen napkins. As well I spary all my clothes.
 
twinjadojo January 5, 2014
Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate your time and expertise.
 
creamtea January 5, 2014
Forgot to add, repeat the process if any of the stain is left after the first try.
 
Pegeen January 5, 2014
Creamtea's process works. I've also tried some of these from Martha Stewart's stain removal chart:
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/stain_removal_basics.pdf
 

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creamtea January 5, 2014
I sprinkle powder on the stain (flour, baking soda, or baby powder). Tap it into the stain and let it sit to absorb. Brush off, then apply Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and dab (don't rub) that in. Launder in the warmest water allowable for the particular fiber that your linens are made of.
 
boulangere January 5, 2014
Rubbing the stain with chalk works well, too. White chalk, obviously.
 
Pegeen January 5, 2014
Cornstarch also works as the powder.
 
creamtea January 5, 2014
Agree with you, Pegeen, cornstarch also works.
 
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