Cleaning Antique Doilies?

I have several cotton crocheted doilies and bedspreads from my great grandmother. They were stored in an attic for 40 years and have small dark brownish stains that do not come out in simple handwashing. What can I use on these fragile items?


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November 11, 20190 found this helpful
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There are several things you can try. I would choose one of them only to test these on to see which one works best for you. Find just one and try these solutions to see how it works:

1 part Dawn to 2 parts Peroxide - soak in the solution - rinse and lay flat to dry or hang out in the sun to dry.

Handwash/soak in the sink with Oxi - this one works great too.

Nappy soaker solution is a good cleaner.

Soak in a dilution of 2 parts water to 1 part milk of magnesia, then put into a garment bag and wash on low.

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November 12, 20190 found this helpful
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It is expensive, but if you purchase a bottle of Zout and a package of Oxiclean powder, follow the instructions on both and add them together and place the items in the bathtub to soak for several hours, then line dry them in the sun, the stains may come out.


Swish them around periodically (GENTLY). Carefully rinse out all of the soap and water (gently squeeze).

If there are stubborn stains, mix up another batch and this time take a soft bristle tooth brush and rub it into the stains (do not soak). Let the mix sit on the stains for a few hours, then rinse, and again, sun dry

This often works to remove most if not all of the stains. You just have to be so careful since 40 years in storage is bound to have caused dry rot and the threads will be very fragile.

I hope you can restore them!

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Only use mild soap. Try drying in the sun.

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