Cleaning Vintage Linens
is always a game of give and take --
I give and give and give.
The linen takes and takes and takes.
The stain stays and stays and . . . stays.
I recently came across an advertisement for Retro Clean in a quilting catalog.
The product claims to remove the aging stains from vintage fabric.
Although I was interested in trying the product, I didn't want to invest in a 1 lb. bag.
A few days later, I found a much smaller package at an antique store. For $5.00, I purchased a small bag.
Here's the first item I tried cleaning. A beautiful, round, frilly doily with a yellow-brown stain across more than half of the doily. This type of aging I often have difficulty removing. I've been able to fade the stains, but not eliminate them.
I followed the Retro Clean instructions by taking a small dishtub and filling it with 3 teaspoons of Retro Clean and one gallon of warm water. I placed the doily and a few other items into the water and set it outside on my sunny deck.
Occasionally, I would go outside and stir the items in the dishtub.
Look at my beautiful, round, frilly doily!
It has no stains!
I love it!
(My commercial is now over.)
A google search will help you find your favorite seller.
Retro Clean also has their own website.
I'll be sure to post any other vintage linen cleaning tips as I come across them.
Enjoy your week!