Pretty in pink? Not always!
If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll recognize the above tablescape as one I did for a Valentine Dinnerfor a special group of ladies. “Pretty in Pink” was my go-to mood while planning the party. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: Even lovers of pink have to admit that on occasion, pink isn’t really pretty … like when it’s actually strawberry stains on vintage linens.
Juice from the pretty strawberry fan garnishes on the ladies’ dinner plates ended up right where they were supposed to: on their napkins. (Please forgive the smartphone pics and shadows. This post was a last-second thought as I prepared to launder the linens at the end of a long day.)
It’s always nice to know exactly what a stain is. That’s when I select the corresponding formulation of Carbona Stain Devils. In the case of berry stains (or coffee, tea, wine), it’s Stain Devils #8, a powder added to hot water. I first told you about them HERE, but no, I don’t get paid by the company to say positive things about their products.)
Here are the strawberry stains on bright white linen napkins …
< Immediately upon placing the napkin in the Stain Devils solution ...
20 seconds after … then only 10 seconds after this picture was taken, even the faint pink spots you see here were gone.
Same thing on bright white damask napkins …
Stains immediately started to lighten …
20 seconds later, stains were a pale purple … and totally gone very shortly after that.
Some of you would have laundered these linens then bleached them … but do you know that bleach breaks down a fabric’s fibers and makes your pretties wear out more quickly? Now that you know how easy it is to get out stains, perhaps next time you’ll want to skip the bleach … Your linens will love you for it!
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What?& You expected to see a final “after” with two stacks of pressed napkins returned to the linen closet? Ha! My napkins are beautifully clean … and sitting on top of the ironing pile. I can’t do everything, you know!
I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.