I don't think this matters except for items with embroidery which you want to plump up instead of squish down. Cotton or linen will be stronger in water, but if they are aged or already damaged, they can be torn also. This is what the water looked like after just one hour — yuck! Bleach can damage some dyes and prints, and bleaching damage is irreversible. An enzyme-based cleaner available at grocery and discount stores.
Sometimes the weight of the fabric is too much for these vintage babies. Follow with a rinse of plain water. Inks are best treated first with solvents and then with water-based reagents. Next comes the cleaning. Hi Jatman, I've been using a solution of dish washing liquid and hyrogen peroxide equal parts and dabbing , than rubbing it into the stain.
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Thanks so much for following along! I asked for her secret and she was kind enough to share it with me. Posted by Carmen and Ginger at In a large plastic tub, create a mild temperature bath of white vinegar, water and Twenty Mule Team Borax. Thanks for your great suggestion of Efferdent tablets. Plastic can trap gasses inside it causing yellowing. I have used this product for my own collection of antique tablecloths, bed linens and old family treasures.
This poultice saponifies the oil into a soluble soap which can be rinsed off. She has written for schools and charities, including Star Workshop Foundation. Keep checking and when the staining is gone, Rinse well and roll in towels to damp dry. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. It removes odors, age spots, storage stains, label stains and often, but not always, some rust. So for now, it is just sitting in the office on a pile of fabric.