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Thread: Any great tips for removing nicotine stains?

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I have a vintage tablecloth that I got from my parents' house and it is VERY stained. It was laying over an organ and the whole thing is pretty uniformly brown/yellow.

    I've been soaking it in the sink since last night with a little dishwashing liquid, changed the brown water a half dozen times, and the water is down to yellow. I read to use vinegar and baking soda but haven't tried it yet.

    It's a cute cloth, bright yellow flowers, green leaves, and red lattice work. I may use it to make something or just put it on my table.

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    Oxyclean or lemon juice and salt on the bad stains, soak, then put print side down in the sun.

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    Pam, I've had great success with this potion called "Retro Clean". A woman makes it. Just google it and you'll find her.
    It is safe and reasonably priced. She's also on ebay.
    I've used tons of it for vintage quilts, linens etc. I love the stuff.

    http://www.retroclean.com/

    The prices are the same on her site and ebay.

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I'll try that. I'd like to save it but it might come out looking like it's tea stained anyway. :)

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    I hope you get the stain out.

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    I hope you can rescue it. Tea stained isn't all bad. When you get it out send us a pic of it.

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    I ordered some Retro Clean. I probably have several things I could use it on, my mother's and grandmother's linens.

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    i vote for oxyclean, great stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I ordered some Retro Clean. I probably have several things I could use it on, my mother's and grandmother's linens.
    Pam, let us know how you like it. It's worked wonders for me :D

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