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Thread: Spots On Vintage Material

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    I have some vintage pillow cases and when I got them out the other day I noticed they had some brown stains (spots) on them. Does anyone know how I can get them out without harming the fabric? They have been in the cabinet for several years and I do not know what caused them.

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    You might try lemon juice and sunlight or ammonia. If they're tiny, put them over an empty soda bottle, bigger ones you can use a bowl, and just dab on some lemon juice. That should keep any stains (if the do start to dissolve) from tranferring to other parts of the case.

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    This is sometimes called foxing. The best way I know requires bright sunlight, so this time of year is not ideal, but use a fresh cut lemon, and rub the juice into the spots. It doesn't really work to use bottled lemon juice. and set the pieces in the sun for several hours. I had a dear friend who dealt in vintage clothing for years in NYC, and this was her trick.

    I have also used oxy clean and the gentle cycle, but the lemon usually does the trick.

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    I have seen Retro Clean recommended:
    http://www.retroclean.com/

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    I have heard about the lemon juice and putting them in the sun, but at this time of year sun around here is hard to find. I guess I'll have to wait until warmer weather.

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    I have had some success using a bar of fels naptha soap and just wet the spots and rub on the bar of soap. pab

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