Removing Stains From Antique Lace

Delicate old lace can be yellowed and have stains. This guide is about removing stains from antique lace.
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August 31, 2007 Flag
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I have a very old white crocheted table cloth that belonged to my great grandmother, but there is a lot of yellowed stains on it. I didn't want to just try anything to attempt to remove the stains. If anyone has had this same issue, please advise. Thanks

Sonya from Bend, OR

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My mother-in-law sponges with diluted lemon juice and lays it in the sun to dry.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful
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I would let it soak in Oxiclean. It seems to remove a lot of stains and really brightens dull, dingy items.

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Another two items to try (but not together) are white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.

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Dissolve a tablespoon of dish washing powder in a bucket of warm water. Let the tablecloth soak in this maybe over night. I use this when I was given my grandmothers doilies. I also crochet doilies and know this works.

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Try the Biz bucket, it is what Martha Pullen uses to clean antique heirloom things. Change water every day and support the tablecloth when you remove from the solution. In fact you might line a large bucket with a towel - clip the towel to rim or tape it and soak the tablecloth for 24 hours and then check. I have used this to get formula stains out of antique baby stuff.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

I want to thank each of you very much for the help with my very cherished tablecloth. I'll keep you posted on the results.

Again, thank you so much.

Sonya

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September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Hello! I had the very same issue. A beautiful hand made (at least I think it must have been?) from my great grandmother. It too, had yellow stains on it, and a red candle wax stain as well.

I soaked my cherished table cover in a big 'tub' (the kind you might store children's toys in) and added a generous amount of OxyClean. (Not too much, but I wasn't stingy either). I left it there for 2 days, checking on it and 'stirring' it around. I was amazed after the first few hours at how beautiful white it was. The yellow was GONE.

I left my table cover in the solution for a couple of days, trying to get the candle wax stain out. The red wax stain did not come completely out, but it is much less noticeable now!

Good luck with your precious item.

Jennifer McNelis

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September 1, 20070 found this helpful

1/2 cup of washing soda added to the detergent solution.

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April 23, 20080 found this helpful

I had the same problem with a crochet tank top, but it had silky lining, I tried the Oxy but probably didn't let it sit long enough, Careful with the lemon juice. ! I put too much on one time ( not diluted enough) and it turned the white yellow!. I had a hard time removing that. Here is a hint that works most of the time.

Diluted lemon juice on the "damp" stain, sprinkle with salt, don't be stingy, and place in the sun. The heat of the sun will draw the liquid into the salt. Brush off the salt, and voila! the stain should be gone. My mother taught me this.

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July 31, 20090 found this helpful

I use bluing to all my whites that appear yellow and it makes them look brand new. The brand I use is Mrs. Stewart's and more information can be found at mrsstewart.com. I read about it in a book and I really like it. It definately does the job.

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November 20, 20160 found this helpful

I tried this on an old crocheted table topper that had old stains on it. It worked perfectly! Now I'm trying it on an old crocheted long tablecloth. I wonder if this would work on regular tablecloths. Thanks for this advise!!!!!

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How can I safely remove brown spots from antique lace and linens?

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February 18, 20130 found this helpful

Saturate the area with lime juice and leave it in the sun for a couple of hours.

Saturate the wet cloth with a soap like Fells Naphta, do not rinse. Place in the sun for a couple of hours or more.

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February 18, 20130 found this helpful

There are products available online for soaking antique linens. I have used them and they work. You can also soak in OxyClean. Check online for washing antique quilts and you will get great information. The trick seems to be lots of rinsing. I rinsed the old quilt I was doing 8 times in the bathrub. I was able to fill and then drain the tub and didnt need to agitate the quilt much. It turned out really well and the dirt had been in the quilt for at least 60 years.

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February 22, 20130 found this helpful

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-clean-antique-lace/

Has suggestions for many things. Also, google Hints from Heloise and then specifically what your issue is. She has many wonderful ideas. The February 2013 GoodHousekeeping issue has a lot in her column this month on this.

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July 21, 2006 Flag
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I need to know the best way to remove stains from lovely lace. The stain looks like it has set but I do not know what it is. My item was found at an estate auction and I want to get it looking good again without harming it. Thanks so much for any help.

NellieMary from West Virginia

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July 24, 20060 found this helpful

I have had luck with covering the spot with lemon juice then sprinkle a lot of salt snd lay the item out in the sun i left my item out all day ,I took rust stains out of a white blouse for my Daughter in law !!

Good luck!

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July 24, 20060 found this helpful

If it's not too old a piece, take a chance. Use Amy Dacyzn's formula: 1 cup Calgon and 1 cup dry all-fabric bleach in five gallons of the hottest tap water you have. Soak overnight. I have had amazing success with this. However, I have never used it on an antique.

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July 25, 20060 found this helpful

Well, can you darken the rest of the lace to match if all else fails?

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