The Colour Red

The Holiday Season is a time of rich colours: green fir trees, bright coloured gift wrapping, and various reds from a famous outfit, to wine, and finally holly berries, the centre of any Christmas decoration. However, with all this colour there could always be an inevitable spill leading to a clothes stain, or to landing on the carpet. However, stains can be taken care of with a bit of knowledge, and some Vanish.

Red Wine Stains

Red wine stains are almost inevitable over the holidays, whether mulled or otherwise. Either a few drops here and there from a clumsy pour, or an excitable guest knocking a glass flying, causing claret to cover your clothing. Red wine stains aren't as formidable as you might think, providing they are not left to set for too long.

A good trick is to immediately put some salt on the stain. This soaks up the red wine. Then dab the area inwardly with a dry cloth, not pressing but pulling away (this will help draw out the moisture). To get rid of any mark that remains, apply some vanish directly to the area and leave for five minutes, before laundering with an extra scoop in the wash. Disaster averted!

Berries, Cherries and other Fruit

Stains caused by fruit whether it's the raspberries on your pavlova, or the cranberries on your turkey. A misplaced fork or a mishandling can lead to a streak down a cardigan, jumper, or even worse, a white shirt! Eek! Fortunately, because of a similar makeup, they are quite similar to wine stains in how you can deal with them immediately. Either dab with a damp towel or sponge to remove any excess (remembering not to wipe or spread the stain onto more fabric), or flush with water if possible. Clean or change the pad as you dab in order to draw out as much as possible before using Vanish to break down the stain.

Blood Stains

Perhaps a bit grisly for some, but blood stains might not just be caused just from human blood (although mishandling kitchen knives might lead to a small knick or cut in your skin) but a hearty roast may cause a splash if any excess liquid from cooking runs off the plate, or while you're preparing it. Bloodstains, however, are no match for Vanish.

Begin the process by simply removing as much blood you can with cold, clean running water. Vanish and cold water work great together to treat blood stains, as this solution breaks down blood, causing it to dissolve. Apply water to both sides of the fabric to fully wash it out. You may have a problem if you wipe the blood, smearing it rather than cleaning it. Blot the stain beforehand with a dampened napkin to prevent any seeping.