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How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

I love vintage table linens, and retro-inspired new ones, too.  I have this one in my shopping cart, but I shudder at the thought of it becoming stained.  This one is 100% cotton, which is what i prefer.  

 

How do you keep yours from getting stained?

 

Is it feasible to spray them with Scotch Guard before each use?

 

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I found a company called Maison d' Hermine that has beautiful things. I can't post the link here, unfortunately. 

 

 

I mostly prefer these novelty ones from a site called TheVintageTable, but they are nearly impossible to find in the 60x84 size that I need. If anyone has a source, please share it.

 

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~ house cat ~
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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

House cat, I LOVE linens and these table cloths are fabulous!  I eat in front of the TV so my stains are on the front of my shirts.  I hope you get some good suggestions... SC

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

@house_cat Our neighbors brought us a beautiful tablecloth from Bermuda. We stained it with some kind of turkey or ham juice. We didn't bring it out for several years; then, my husband decided to try soaking it in OxiClean. It worked like a charm!

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

you can buy clear plastic "tablecloths" to go over them not the prettiest solution

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

My tablecloth gets dirty from the packages and stuff that gets piled on it as my husband and kids pass thru the dining room more so than from food spills.   I seem to wash it weekly, and agree with using Oxy Clean.   

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

Been spraying mine with Scotchguard for years, really works. My cloths are stain free!

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

I agree that OxyClean and stain removers like Shout work great on most stains - even grease. I prefer cotton also but the newer indoor/outdoor fabrics are great for heavy everyday use.

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

Another vote for OxiClean.  I used it on a very old, lace tablecloth and it was sparkling!  I don't dry them in a dryer, I have a clothes line and it works great!

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

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Get a bar of Fels-Naptha soap.  I keep my clothes spot free with it.  Safe for colors also.

 

Lots of good info if you google Fels-Naptha.

 

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Re: How do you keep your table linens stain-free?

We put coordinating place mats on top of the table cloth when we eat, then take them up again. We have ordered a slightly larger round table and our table cloths will no longer fit. I’m afraid I’m going to really miss them.