You may already have your extra wide oilcloth fabric to protect your table on Christmas day, but what about getting out stains that land elsewhere.

It is the season to be festive, but make sure you don’t stress too much by following these tips to remove any stains that may occur during the Christmas period.

Mulled wine

As this is basically red wine with extra sugar in it, you need to treat this as a red wine stain while considering the stickiness this could leave behind.

Blot don’t rub the wine to absorb as much as possible before you try to remove the stain. Keep the fabric tight by placing a plate underneath it, and then place salt on top to absorb as much as possible.

Try to remove the rest of the stain with sparkling water.

Red wine can be one of the worst stains to get rid of so consider keeping specific stain removers on hand if you are planning a particularly raucous party.

Cranberry sauce

Get rid of the tell-tale pink stains by scraping up as much of the sauce as possible then flush the stain with as much cold water as possible, taking care not to spread it.

Don’t use bar soap to try to remove the stain as this may set it, but use half a teaspoon of laundry detergent to clean for a couple of minutes, before flushing this out.

If this doesn’t work, try mixing the laundry detergent with vinegar for a little bit more cleaning power. Don’t resort to bleaching which can discolour the surrounding fabric.

As this can be a tough stain to get out, consider keeping a stain remover on hand.


Scrape off the excess gravy that has been spilt, and sprinkle baking soda, corn-starch, or another absorbent powder on to the stain. Let it stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

If that doesn’t get rid of it then use a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.


Anyone who has children has tried to remove chocolate that has been mashed into the sofa, and this is much more likely to happen at Christmas.

You need to flush the area with cold water, after scraping off any solid chocolate left. Then try washing this out with biological laundry powder, leave to sit for 10-15 minutes and flush out.


No this isn’t a food stuff, but is a well known problem for anyone crafty round Christmas, or who has children.

First, remove as much as possible with the hoover. Then go over what ever is remaining with a damp cloth to pick up the remaining sparkle.

Real Simple has a number of other tips, including using a lint roller or even coconut oil to clean up glitter bombs.

Of course, all of these problems can be minimised before they even happen by making sure you buy your oilcloth covers before the holidays even begin. We have a number of Christmas designs for you to chose from.