Do you have suggestions for removal of this ink stain from antique crocheted bedspread? I am not sure what type of ink.
You should be very careful when cleaning vintage crochet items, as they can become fragile over time. Where and how it has been stored will affect the condition of the spread, as well as how clean it was when first stored.
Also, when you remove the ink spot, you may find that area is a different color than the rest of the spread.
Washing a large bedspread can be difficult as even some home large capacity washers cannot properly clean a full-size bedspread as it has to have enough room to move freely around for cleaning and double rinsing (double rinse to be sure all soap is removed and add vinegar to rinse cycle).
I would suggest going to a good laundromat and using their large size commercial machine or maybe turning it over to a professional laundry - IF - they tell you they do vintage items.
Most suggestions will be about using the same methods to remove ink stains, so take your pick and try one - maybe the same method twice - to see if it works.
I recently used an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and it did the job but my ink spot was fresh and older stains are more difficult to remove.
It looks like you have a bad ink spot and also a larger area where perhaps someone tried to remove the ink and maybe spread it in the process?
Be sure to follow directions carefully, so the ink will not spread.
I like the simple directions on this website.
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also have a hand crochet yellow/white bedspread created with cotton thread.It is about60 years old in perfect condition. It has been stored in my a drawer. I would like to launder it but need advice. Thank You.
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By Mary ORourke from Hesperia, CA
Soak it in water softener. It's extremely gentle. Put cold water in a bucket large enough to hold the coverlet, drop a handful or somewhat less of water softener into the bucket, stir until dissolved.
My parents hand crocheted a yellow/white bedspread with cotton thread over 60 yrs. ago. It has been in my linen closet and is in perfect condition.How can I wash and dry it safely. It is full size. Thank you.
I would wash it in a large laundry bag on the gentle cycle with Woolite. Dry flat.
I'm not sure you can find a laundry bag large enough for a full size bedspread. If it were me, I would not want to take any chances with something like this so I would suggest taking it to a high end dry cleaners and ask them if they will do it and assure you that it will be done properly.
You could try soaking it in the tub in cold water with some Woolite. Then, squeeze out the water, roll it up with towels and dry the best you can. Lay flat to dry (perhaps by covering you bed with towels then spreading on top of them with fans on it.
I have an antique off-white, heavy, crochet bedspread. It has stains on it from being left in a plastic bag for years. I was advised by a professional linens restorer to soak it overnight in a solution of Biz and water, about a washer tubful of water to half a box of Biz.