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Party Stain Survival Guide

The downside of hosting a shindig: PSD (Permanent Stain Damage). Prepping for a party can be stressful, but don't forget about the stress the aftermath can bring! Even after the most successful party, nothing can crush your mood than seeing the wine stains on your new throw pillows or that indistinguishable pile in the corner. We know how ugly clean-up can be and that's why we've compiled our very own party stain survival guide to help you get your space back in mint condition.
 
For quick tips to rescue your space from stains view the gallery above. 
 
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Juice
For juice, immediately mix 1 Tbl. liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 Tbl. white vinegar and 2 cups warm water. Use a clean, white cloth to sponge the stain with the solution until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat. The morning after: If you still see traces of juice, mix 1 Tbl. ammonia with 2 cups warm water. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Using a different sponge, cleanse the area with cold water and blot dry.
 
Coffee
For a coffee spill, immediately mist a black coffee stain with a solution of 1/4 tsp. dishwashing liquid and 1 cup water; blot until color is no longer absorbed. Rinse with warm water. For coffee with cream/sugar, use a dry spotter with a cloth and blot until the cloth stops absorbing color. Don't pour the solvent directly onto the fabric. Saturate the area with water.
 
Chocolate
For chocolate, immediately get up as much as you can with a slightly damp, absorbent cloth; then blot with a dry spotter solvent on a clean white cloth. Don't pour the solvent directly onto the fabric because it can dissolve the latex backings of many rugs and carpets. When the stain is gone, saturate the area with clean water. The morning after: If the spot remains, spray on 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and don't rinse.
 

Mud
For mud, immediately try to wipe it up without driving it deeper into the fibers. Don't use water -- most of the mud is likely sitting on the surface, and water will only spread it down into the material. Just let the mud dry and wait until morning. The morning after: Vacuum it up (you'll get 90 percent of the mud). Can you still see dark traces? Sponge it with a few drops of white vinegar and sponge again with warm water.
 
Red Wine
For red wine, immediately sprinkle the stain with table salt and blot with a damp, absorbent cloth. Sponge the stain with a few drops of white vinegar until no more color comes out. Sponge with rubbing alcohol and saturate with water to flush out the spot. Still there? Spread a cloth over the stain and put a heavy book on top; leave it overnight. The morning after: If there's any remaining color, spray on 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and don't rinse. Or try a product called Wine Away, which can be effective at removing vino stains.
 
Cocktail Sauce
For cocktail sauce, immediately blot as much as you can with a slightly damp cloth, and then mist the stain with a solution of 1/4 tsp. dishwashing liquid and 1 cup water. Agitate it gently with your fingers and blot again. Spritz the area with water to remove the soap. Spread a cloth over the stain and put a heavy book on top of the cloth; leave it overnight. The morning after: If a stain remains, blot the area with a cloth soaked in a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water until the stain disappears. Finish by flushing the area with warm water.
 
Candle Drippings
For candle drippings, immediately wait for the drippings to dry before applying an ice pack to the wax. Let the wax dry completely overnight. The morning after: Scrape off the wax using a credit card or thin butter knife. Remove as much of the wax as possible; then place one paper bag underneath the tablecloth/napkin/placemat and another on top of the stain. Gently iron the area until the wax has been transferred to the paper bag. If wax is on your carpet, use a blunt object to shatter the wax and vacuum it up.
 
Oil
For oil, immediately blot up excess oil; then sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda onto the stain. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes and vacuum if the stain is on a carpet -- if not, skip this step. Use a clean, white cloth to sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Blot until the solvent is absorbed and reapply the solvent and blot again if the spot won't budge. The morning after: If the stain lingers, mix 1 Tbl. liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 Tbl. white vinegar and 2 cups warm water. Sponge the stain with the solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed.
 
 
Photo Credit: iStockphoto/Jill Chen
 
 
 
 

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