Cleaning an Antique Bedspread?

I have my mother's old king size bedspread and the original warranty from 1952. For years it has been kept in an antique cedar chest, but has yellowed pretty badly. Can it be brought back to the original white?


I am afraid to put it into a washer because it has all these long little frilly things along the edges. I don't want them to get torn off. The same goes for the dryer too. I go to a laundry to wash my clothes. I don't have a machine at home, and you know how those machines can be.

By Matt

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

Cool find!!! If you are brave, you could try hand washing it with Oxyclean powder or liquid and Zout (both are available at most Walmarts or big box store or online).

Every fabric is different and they can be so VERY fragile that if you do this, start in a VERY small place and if it works, gently work through the whole piece. If it doesn't work, STOP and I will defer to someone else for a better method.


Follow the directions on BOTH packages exactly. Apply one, rinse, then apply the other, then rinse, then dry in the sun. You can try some very light rubbing with a gloved (NEVER BARE) HAND.

Sun drying helps whiten if you can line dry it on a sunny day you get the benefit of the sun's natural bleaching abilities. Again, be careful and see how your test spot reacts before going who hog on it.

If it works, but not fully, you can try repeating it, but I personally would not do more than 3 treatments as it can weaken the fibers if you do it to often.

Be sure to do before and after shots!! Good luck!

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

Wash with mild soap in the bathtub and lay it out in the sun to dry

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