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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
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?
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!
Post by ShellyE (Guest Post)
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...
I have a crocheted church that is probably 20 years old and is yellowing. How can I clean it without losing the shape?
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.
How can I safely get stains out of a white, 30 year old crocheted baby afghan? They appear to be just yellowing from age.
You can wash as usual, and set out in the sun to dry
I add a bit of baking soda in my wash then sun-dry
Use oxyclean to soak and lift the stains I used it on my lace table cloth and it worked great!!
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.
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?
Chrissie from United Kingdom
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.
Have you tried vinegar?
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".
try that one time the table cloth came apart that look like rotted
How can I remove rust from an afghan?
How do I get a dried orange tea stain out of a red and white afghan?
Put some vinegar on it, then pour boiling water over it.
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.
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
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
How much Oxyclean would I use with how much water to soak crocheted item?
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.
How do I remove stains from a 60 year old crocheted baby christening shawl?
By T from Belfast
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.
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!
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!
By Julie G.
I steamed mine clean.