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Holiday Stains and How to Treat Them

November 29, 2016

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One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is all of the delicious drinks! From wine, to eggnog and hot chocolate, our tastebuds just can’t get enough! Unfortunately, as much as we love these drinks, they can also stain clothes fairly easily. There’s nothing worse than curling up by the fire and enjoying some hot cocoa only to realize that it spilled on your favorite cashmere sweater. To help combat any unwanted festive faux pas, here are some tips on how to treat stains:


Wine is a holiday classic, but can cause quite some damage when it slips from your lips to your clothes. Red wine, an especially stubborn stain, must be treated immediately. What is a good trick if stain remover is not available? Salt! Cover the area with a thick layer of salt and let it sit for an hour. The salt will absorb most of the wine, making it easy to wash the rest away. Club soda also works well as the carbonation has lifting abilities.

Hot Chocolate

A warm holiday favorite, who doesn’t enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa by the fire on Christmas eve? But with the tilt of a wrist, the hot liquid can easily get into your jimmies, and this is not an easy stain to get out! What do you need to do to remove a hot chocolate stain?Apply a pre-treatment stain remover to start dissolving the substance and wash the soiled garment. If the first wash does not fully remove the stain, wash it again. As chocolate can be rather difficult to get rid of, you may need to repeat this a few times or take your garment to a professional.


The bubbly favorite for celebrations and toasts during the holiday can be tricky, as most people do not treat the stain in a timely matter, because it dries clear. However, when untreated, the sugars in the champagne oxidize and turn the stain yellow. To treat spilled champagne, simply dip a cloth in warm water mixed with dish soap, and dab gently at the stain. This should lift most of the champagne from the garment. Then once you return home from your holiday festivities, make sure to follow the washing directions on the garment.

Make no mistake, these tips only work on simple stains. If these tips do not work, be sure to send them to us at Jeeves NY (https://jeevesny so we can salvage these items. Remember, difficult stains require expert care.

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