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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.

To see more: http://coastal-colors.blogspot.com/2013/11/cleaning-vintage-and-antique-linens-tip.html

  • Throckmorton40

    Maureen, after spraying, you launder carefully, either by hand or machine if the linen will withstand it, then dry nd iron, if needed.

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV

    Just a CAUTION note; Cascade now comes with Clorox bleach in the mix, so be sure which box you get and READ the labels!

  • Oemiller

    Sure will!

  • 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

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