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Cleaning Vintage Linens

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An Antique Linen Dealer shared her secret with me, over 25 years ago, for cleaning vintage linens. This was before Oxygen cleaners and many spot treatments were readily available. I would try the newer ones first. If they do not work, this has worked for me. Please note, always test a small area first. If you are happy with the results, proceed with caution, at your own risk.
  • the right way to clean vintage linens, cleaning tips
An antique linen dealer shared her secret with me, over 25 years ago, for cleaning vintage linens.The first step was soaking in Biz, a powdered detergent. I soaked this crocheted tablecloth overnight in Biz. Directions are on the box.
  • the right way to clean vintage linens, cleaning tips
Since stubborn stains remained, I moved onto the next step. I brought water to a gentle boil, not rolling and added powdered Cascade. Depending on the size of your item and pot will determine the amount of product you need to add.
  • the right way to clean vintage linens, cleaning tips
I used a lobster pot, so I added 1/2 cup of Cascade. I turned the eye off before I tested a tiny area to decide if I should proceed. Next, I added the entire tablecloth and stirred constantly. I used tongs to help check the stains.
  • the right way to clean vintage linens, cleaning tips
If you determine that this method may work for you. Always test a tiny area first.Then, proceed with caution, at your own risk. Only you know the age, type of fabric, size and condition of your piece. Note, rinse by hand and line dry.
  • the right way to clean vintage linens, cleaning tips
This worked beautifully on my tablecloth. The stains are gone. For me, this was unusable before cleaning it. It didn't respond to Oxygen cleaners or pre-treatment cleaners. I have successfully used this method for 25+years.

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  • Nancy Ludwig
    Nancy Ludwig Spanaway, WA

    I love any idea that saves the old hand made doilies. To think of the time and effort our great grandmothers and grandmothers took to make them. Some are so beautiful. This is an idea I have seen and love it. The other version I saw was to dye them

  • Cindy
    Cindy Saint Joseph, MO

    My mother used Biz for a multitude of things growing up. She could get any stain out imaginable with it. Wonderful stuff

  • Donna Lord

    I have soaked my 50 yr old christening dress that was yellowed/browned from age with an area of spit up stain discoloration in a bowl with cool water Arm & Hammer soda wash with a tablespoon of blue Dawn dish detergent. I let it sit overnight. Rinsed

  • Dl.leplat

    Great tips, thanks!

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