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Thread: Antique fabric aged to brown

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    I found my baby dress. I guess it's antique now, since it is about 62 years old. It has not been stored properly and has turned a horrible brown with aging and probably some airborne contaminants. The worst of the brown came out with soaking in Woolite 3 times, then using Simple Green and soaking again with Dawn in the water. I really would like to get out most of the rest of the brown, (really dark near cuffs and collar) but don't want to add any bleach to the water, as there is some really delicate pink hand embroidery on the collar and down the front of the dress. Anybody have any ideas? The fabric is very fine, very thin, cotton I'm sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    There is a product called Vintage Soak, available through quilt shops, made for fine linens. I would try that.

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    I hope you get it out, you might ask at a quilt store what product to buy

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    I swear by Retroclean. Just google it. Great stuff!!
    Good luck and HUGS, Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    A little blueing might work?

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    I use a fresh lemon, cut in half. Squeeze the juice on the stains and rub in with the lemon, then set in the sunlight for a couple of hours. For some reason, this does not work nearly as well with bottled lemon juice. Then rinse and wash. It won't harm the colors, though you do need to be careful about them fading in bright sunlight.

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    Regular peroxide will take out a lot of stains...it's the greatest for removing blood stains.....most nurses know this one!

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    Martha Pullin uses fabric safe bleach, not clorox type. She soaks it for 24 hrs. changes the water soaks it another 24, changes water and soaks it again if it needs it. She has all those beautiful lace antique garments.

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    How about oxy clean?

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    You might try BIZ detergent. I used it on a grease stain and on some dye that bled on the back of a quilt.

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    I see that you have a lot of suggestions.....just thought I would throw this one into the pot. I remember using Dreft Laundry detergent for my kids clothes when they were little. It is formulated to be used for infants clothing and it was the only product I ever found that would remove those nasty formula stains. (not to mention the other types of stains babies make) This is the stuff I would use if I had a stained but fragile antique item to wash. Good luck and please let us know what works the best.

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    Thanks Everybody for your suggestions. I can't get to a quilt shop (there aren't any real close) and I had already checked Hancock's and JoAnn's. I looked on the web for Vintage Soak and can't buy it unless I'm a retailer, But I did get the RetroClean site and purchased some. The lemons I'm afraid of (the acid may be too strong for this fabric?) and I have oxyclean and never thought of using it. Also have Dreft cause the grandkids live with me...never occurred to me to try that. Well, I'll wait for the RetroClean to be shipped and let you all know how it works out.Thanks again for the input.

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