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Cleaning Stains on Crocheted Items

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Care needs to be taken when cleaning crochet items, especially the more delicate lace style ones. This is a guide about cleaning stains on crocheted items.
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March 12, 2006

I received a hand-crocheted baby blanket as a gift. Somehow it has this brown spot on it. The blanket itself is white. I'm not sure what this spot is, as it was there when I received it, but I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea how to clean it without ruining the beautiful blanket?

Sabrina from Woodstock, Virginia

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March 12, 20060 found this helpful
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How does one wash and block a large, hand crocheted tablecloth? It is 100% cotton, #10 bedspread weight. Also, is starching appropriate for this item?

thistleneedle

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I've made several crocheted tablecloths. I wash them in my washer on gentle cycle using cold water. You need a flat, clean surface that won't be harmed by moisture on which to dry the tablecloth. I use my picnic table. Spread the cloth out and then "pull" the cloth back into shape before it dries. I sort of start in the middle of the cloth and smooth/pull it into shape while working outward. When it's back in shape (square, oval, round, etc.) just let it dry. I don't use starch as I've found it doesn't drape well over the edges of the table. I'd also avoid drying the cloth in direct sunshine. Good luck!

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March 14, 20060 found this helpful
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Sabrina,
If you are afraid to try washing it, take it to your local drycleaner. They have all kinds of things to remove spots. It does help if you know what caused the stain, because they know what things to try first.
There is a great cleaner on the corner of Main and Reservoir in Woodstock...
Kelly-CHS '84

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January 21, 2018

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.

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  • 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.
  • 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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July 19, 2017

How can I safely get stains out of a white, 30 year old crocheted baby afghan? They appear to be just yellowing from age.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

You can wash as usual, and set out in the sun to dry

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

I add a bit of baking soda in my wash then sun-dry

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July 20, 20170 found this helpful

Use oxyclean to soak and lift the stains I used it on my lace table cloth and it worked great!!

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July 21, 20170 found this helpful

I would suggest washing it in a large lingerie bag for sure so as to not twist it as the threads may be weakened from age.

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Use a gentle or delicate cycle and use plenty of water (full load) so the agitation will not damage the fibers. You can add other light colored items but hot too many - slow gentle swish is what you need.
Use mild soap (Liquid Woolite is good) and add some baking soda. Let soak for several hours (maybe turning machine on once in a while for a couple of minutes). Wash for only a few minutes and double rinse - add a cup of vinegar on second rinse.
Find a nice flat surface where sunshine will be for several hours and shape your afghan so it will dry in the proper shape.
This should work but if any yellow remains just pour water on the spot and let the sunshine (and even dew overnight) do the work for you.
I have had to do this many times over the years and it usually always worked.
Store in a cotton pillow case and never in plastic.

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January 3, 2008

My daughter is expecting twins and would like to use the shawls that her grandmother crocheted for her as a baby. They have yellowed with age and were knitted in what we call Bri-Nylon. Any ideas on how to get back to that lovely white color back?

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Chrissie from United Kingdom

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Rit Dye makes several products for removing color and stains. I have used one called "color remover" or "whitener" (can't remember which) to whiten nylon undergarments that had gotten yellow.

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried vinegar?

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

I've used color-safe bleach(gentler than regular bleach) with good results. But why not keep that beautiful yellowed color? It's so precious, it says, "this was handed down with love".

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August 3, 20170 found this helpful

try that one time the table cloth came apart that look like rotted

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March 25, 2018

How do I get a dried orange tea stain out of a red and white afghan?

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March 26, 20180 found this helpful

Put some vinegar on it, then pour boiling water over it.

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September 16, 2015

This is a lovely top I purchased at a Vinnies store today. It has an unknown stain on it. I have done a quick hand wash to see if it will come out, to no avail. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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September 17, 20150 found this helpful

Try peroxide.

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September 17, 20150 found this helpful

Try dish detergent, which is very safe. Be careful if you try peroxide, as it might take color out of adjacent areas. See if there's a hidden portion you can test first.

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November 4, 20130 found this helpful

I have my baby dress give to me by my grandma. A friend of her's made it in purple and white from crochet thread. It has yellowed after nearly 60 years. All of my daughters had baby pictures taken in it. I now have a granddaughter. I want her to have her picture taken in it.

I want to clean it. I've found a recipe using Dawn and Biz, which I substituted for Oxiclean. Is this safe or is there something else I should try? Please help!

By Yvonne H. from DFW, TX

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Anonymous
May 9, 20170 found this helpful

OxyClean works wonders. It is an oxygen bleach and will not eat the threads like clorox would. I've used it on many crocheted items

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March 12, 20180 found this helpful

How much Oxyclean would I use with how much water to soak crocheted item?

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June 25, 2016

How can I remove a "rusty" stain, i.e. orangish, from a baby blanket crocheted by my grandmother. I think it is wool. The colors of blanket are bands of pink, blue and white.

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January 27, 20170 found this helpful

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April 17, 20150 found this helpful

How do I remove stains from a 60 year old crocheted baby christening shawl?

By T from Belfast

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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

To answer that, we would need to know the color and what type of yarn. To clean something wool would be much different than if it were of cotton yarn. And if it were white, it would be different than if it were a pale pastel.

However, I would start by soaking in a solution of cool water with some Dawn in it. Swish and squeeze it, and change water if needed until the water is clear. Rinse the same way and lay flat to dry. If it has any color in it or is wool, do not put in the sun. If it is white and has no wool yarn, you could lay flat in the sunlight to dry.

Any additional cleaners used on it would be determined by the type and color of the yarn.

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September 16, 2014

How can I remove wine stains from a really old crocheted table cloth? Grandma made it, probably 60 years ago and it has lain in my aunt's dresser drawer for at least 40 years. I've soaked it regular laundry soap. Now soaking in lemon juice/water. Help!

By Ly

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

I would try Oxyclean and keep noticing it if it works. If it does remove immediately and rinse because you do not want to keep it longer than necessary in the solution in case it gets damaged If you have followed directions and stain does not disappear in the time stated, then remove and wash. Good luck!

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May 6, 20130 found this helpful

I have some angels that are startched that I've had for awhile and they are very dusty. I tried the can of spray air, but it didn't work. Anyone have a suggestion?

By Julie G.

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

I steamed mine clean.

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