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Blood: The best way to remove your blood is your saliva. It may take a lot to dissolve it, so it might not be best thing to do while waiting in doctorís office. Youíll want to saturate stain with saliva and keep adding more until blood is gone. When itís gone, wash piece, but in cold water only. The saliva trick only works with your blood though, not anyone elseís. In this case, best thing to do is to use hydrogen peroxide. Dab it carefully on blood drop and be ready to rinse. Remember to test it first, especially on colored fabrics. Another answer is to use mix a solution of 85% table salt and water, then rinse.
Pencil Marks: Use a solution of 3 parts rubbing alcohol, one part water, and 1.2 tsp. of dish detergent.
Rust: Mix 1 tsp. of oxalic acid (available at most pharmacies) in one cup hot water and dab solution on stain. Wash and rinse well.
Food Stains: Be careful with anything with bleach in it if youíre using 100% linen, very hot water is ok though.
Red Wine: Soak up what you can with a paper napkin and then dump a pile of table salt onto stain. Rub it around into stain, and wash cloth as soon as possible.
When youíre project is completed it is important to wash it again before framing, or whatever you plan to do with it. I donít recommend washing your piece in washing machine, even on gentle cycle. The way I have heard suggested most is to use a product called Orvus. Just put a little bit in with cold water and let it soak for a bit. Then rinse it until all soap is gone. If colors happen to run, you should use water as close to boiling point as possible. This is temperature they cure colors at, so it makes sense to remove dye in same way. It also prevents dye from resettling
Donít wring fabric as it can distort threads and fabric weave. You can roll it in a towel to absorb excess water and it doesnít leave as many wrinkles.
Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com.