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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jan 5, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this again, Betsy! :)

    • B
      B
      on Jan 5, 2014

      @Miriam I Thank you! You're so thoughtful!

  • Peggy W
    Peggy W Kokomo, IN
    on Jan 5, 2014

    Thank you so very much for sharing this again! It definitely will be something I use in the future! Have a wonderful day!

    • B
      B
      on Jan 5, 2014

      @Peggy W You're welcome! Thank you for commenting! I had to edit some things; I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Hugh Foshee
    Hugh Foshee Troy, AL
    on Jan 5, 2014

    Thanks for this info. I just inherited many old linens and need to despot them. jfoshee

    • B
      B
      on Jan 5, 2014

      @Hugh Foshee Thank you. I would try the pre-treatments and Oxygen products first. If they don't help, perhaps, this will.

  • Margo Fogg
    Margo Fogg Searsmont, ME
    on Jan 5, 2014

    Can you still get powdered Cascade?

    • B
      B
      on Jan 5, 2014

      @Margo Fogg You can- in the green box.

  • Jan
    Jan Elkhorn, WI
    on Jan 5, 2014

    I have some pieces my mom crocheted that need this! Thank you!

    • B
      B
      on Jan 5, 2014

      @Jan You're welcome! I hope this helps!

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