Cleaning Vintage Linens

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.

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  • Muggins Brehan Muggins Brehan on Feb 04, 2016
    I cannot buy Restoration in France and Amazon will not send it here. The makers have not replied to my requests so I am unable to get it. What is Cascade and Biz please? I use Oxygen based powders and very, very hot water to soak and wash my antique bed linens.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Dec 11, 2016
    Is the wet lace too heavy to hang dry? Or would I need to have several lines supporting it?It seems like it would tear or stretch out of shape with the wet weight of it all.. Thank you!

  • Andrea Bunny Andrea Bunny on Feb 01, 2019

    Anyone know what she's talking about when she says, "I turned the eye off?"


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