Thursday, August 23, 2012

Caring For Vintage Linens

When looking for vintage linens, check carefully for stains and tears. Some stains can be removed, but don't buy a piece if you think you can't live with the stain.

Stain Remedies: 

An old favorite is to rub with raw sliced lemon and sprinkle with salt. Lay in the sunshine for a couple of hours. Then gently wash. 

I'm a big user of Oxi-Clean. I make a paste of Oxi-Clean and water and rub on the stain. Let it set for awhile, and then put in a solution of water and diluted Oxi-Clean. Again let set for awhile. Rinse thoroughly. 

Remember you take a chance any time you attempt to get a stain out. 


Use a small amount of mild liquid detergent and lukewarm water. Stir until detergent is dissolved. Carefully wash fabric. Rinse in clear water. Repeat if necessary. 

Vintage pieces should be washed by hand. Do not use bleach. Bleach will slowly but surely break down fibers of old fabrics. 

There are a lot of commercial solutions you can purchase that are available for vintage fabrics.

I'm linking up this post to Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Till Next Time, Judy


  1. If I find any vintage linens, I'm going straight to the expert for help...

  2. Your doilies are lovely, especially the one with red; I just love it! Went through your blog and read your dedication to your sweet great-grandson, and I've signed up to be a follower of your blog (I don't have one started yet. . .)but I check in every day or when there are new posts on the blogs I follow.

  3. Hi Judy, Thank you for this information.. I will remember it when I wash my Mom's vintage table clothes.. Oxi-clean is a good stain remover..

  4. Hi Judy...good to know this because I do find a lot of vintage doilies but never buy the ones with the I will!!I do crochet myself but I love the looks of the old vintage doilies better!! Carol

  5. Thanks for the tips! I love vintage linens.

  6. Oh yes, lemon juice and sunshine will often times get a harsh stain out. I found that OxyClean is hard on anything red and will cause the dye to run. So I just hand wash in a good stain removing soap.

    Love your red and white doily! I just sold one similar at the shop.


  7. I've used Oxiclean on my vintage baby dresses my Grandmother hand made for me and I'm 65 so they are old. All the stains came out beautifully. Your doilies are lovey.

  8. Love the aged doilies! I tend to use these up in my handmade items...They should be outlawed for being so darn addictive...Great start on your new blog, love your header and your style...Good luck! xxPam

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