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Thread: Not really quilt related but sort of.

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    Senior Member sewred's Avatar
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    I went to some yard sales over the weekend and bought some very old hand done table runners, tea towels, and hand crocheted doilies and some have stains on them and i was wondering if it would be ok to launder them and if so what can i use? Any suggestions are appreciated. :( :D 8)

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    don't know about some of the items . . .but i have a doily my mother made about -egads- 50+ years ago and i just throw it in the washer with the rest of the laundry. . . it comes out just fine.

    I would maybe try a really gentle detergent and handwash a corner of each piece to see how it goes, though.

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    I would soak them in OxyClean and then wash with Orvis soap. Can you post a picture of what you got? I would like to see them

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    Last week, I posted a similar question only mine was very old quilt blocks. I was told to try 1 part of vinegar to 4 parts of warm water. It really brightened those blocks up. They really were dirty! Much more so than I would have thought, but they really look much nicer now! If you are concerned about colors running maybe use cool water and a Shout Color Catcher.

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    i've also heard that lemon juice works. Never tried it but just heard

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    All of the above suggestions sound great. Just soak in the sink, though, no agitation like in a washing machine. Most old fabric things I've accumulated come out great. :lol: (I always wonder what stories they could tell......beging a collector, I just like old stuff too much, I guess)

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    peroide is really good for getting out stains too, especially blood stains.

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    I watched a show many years ago and this lady cleaned wedding gowns that had stains...she used equal parts of Ivory dish soap and Biz to a wash basin of hot water and let it soak....no rubbing needed if it didn't come out repeat as needed...I did this on old stains and it worked for me...good luck :roll:

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    The trick is soaking long enough - some rough stains take days of soaking to release. If they're white, I throw some dishwasher soap in with them. It breaks down both food and grease spots, but may discolor colors.

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    If the spots are brownish yellow, chances are they are humidity stains and won't come out.

    You can take it to a drycleaner and they can soak it in sodium perborate and it might lighten the stains. (Yes, I worked for a drycleaner for 28 years, that's why I know this :lol: )

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