Cleaning a Crocheted Church That Has Yellowed?

I have a crocheted church that is probably 20 years old and is yellowing. How can I clean it without losing the shape?


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January 24, 20180 found this helpful
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Since your church undoubtedly has some sort of "stiffener" making it hold its shape it would be difficult to wash and still retain the shape.

  • You may have to hand wash the church and then try to find a way to stuff the church back into shape so you can redo the stiffening.
  • Should you wish to try this approach I would suggest you take several photos of the church so you can be sure to get the shape correct.
  • Washing:
  • If the church is white or ecru, hand-wash it one of these:
  • Woolite, use the detergent and try using "oxy" or color-safe bleaches. Let the church soak for awhile in the suds and slosh around.
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  • Soak in a mixture of warm water with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Combine a few spoons of Twenty Mule Team Borax, liquid detergent in lukewarm water and let soak for a while. Slosh and squeeze the church until clean.
  • Rinse well several times.
  • Roll in a nice thick towel to blot most of the water. Look for something to stuff inside the church to make it hold its shape.
  • You may be able to find something like a glass or plastic square vase and you may have to use wood pieces if there is a steeple.
  • Here are a couple of links that give a lot of information on how to stiffen your doilies.
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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

Perhaps you can line it with plastic canvas so it will keep its shape when you hand wash it.

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