How to Remove Yellow Stains From a Cotton Table Cloth

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How to Remove Yellow Stains From a Cotton Table Cloth
Daily use of tablecloths can make them dirty and dingy. (restaurant image by Jerome Dancette from

Tablecloths can add elegance to your dining area. Unfortunately, they can also become dirty, dingy and stained. Food, candles and even dust can leave behind a yellow tint on tablecloths, particularly white ones. These stains can be difficult to remove but a few household items can help you address the stains and salvage your tablecloth. Hot water--which lifts stains--work well with cotton items because cotton--unlike some other fabrics--can handle high temperatures.

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Things you need

  • Pre-treat stain product
  • Washing machine
  • Bleach
  • Mild washing powder

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  1. 1

    Apply a pretreat stain product to the yellow stain. A pretreat stain product can be purchased at your local department store in the washing powder aisle.

  2. 2

    Allow the treatment to soak into the stain for at least 1/2 hour.

  3. 3

    Set the washing machine to the gentle cycle on the hottest temperature allowed.

  4. 4

    Add 1/4 cup of a mild washing powder and 1/2 cup of bleach to the washing machine.

  5. 5

    Allow the washer to run about 30 seconds without the tablecloth in it to mix the bleach, detergent and water together.

  6. 6

    Place the tablecloth in the washing machine and close the lid.

  7. 7

    Hang the table cloth in a sunny location and allow to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Alternatively, add the bleach and washing powder to a sink full of hot water and hand wash the tablecloth.

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