How to Get Grease Stain Out of Tablecloth

Tablecloths are a lovely addition to your table setting.

How to get grease stains out of a tablecloth

Heirloom tablecloths can add sentimental value and evoke many memories of family parties during your childhood. Part of the joy of using a special tablecloth can be diminished when someone dribbles a greasy stain on the cloth, or worse, spills the entire gravy tureen. There are simple methods of removing these greasy stains from your tablecloth.

Grab a soft, absorbent cloth and immediately soak up all the excess liquid when a greasy mess occurs. Do not rub vigorously as these could damage the delicate fibers.

Check your care label before treating and laundering your tablecloth, some fabrics need to be dry cleaned only and others can not withstand harsh detergents. Use detergent or petroleum-based pre-treatment solution to saturate the stained area. If this is not available, any heavy-duty liquid detergent should work if the stain is treated right away. Dish-washing liquids or shampoos can also be effective at removing these oil-based stains.

Wash your tablecloth as soon as possible to minimize the risk of permanent staining. Using hot water is the most effective method, but follow the washing instructions on the care label so as not to damage your fabric further.

Dry your tablecloth according to the label instructions only after you have checked to make sure the stain is gone. Do not dry if any stain remains; treat again with the detergent or a paste made from powdered detergent and water. When you are sure the stain is completely gone, you can dry the tablecloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft, absorbent cloth
  • Detergent or petroleum-based pre-treatment solution
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Powdered detergent

About the Author

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.