Cleaning old doilies
Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:11 PM
Most are off-white in color; some ecru. Several have stains which Appear to be coffee stains.
These are not yarn but regular chrochet thread(the kind your Mom had on the table under the lamp, fruitbowl or centerpiece).
I want to clean them but have no idea the proper way.
Launder? Hand wash? Soak in tide?
Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:43 PM
If the stain is resistant, I would try using a soft-bristle toothbrush on it, but don't go crazy with scrubbing. You'll make the thread fuzz, especially if the thread is of the "cheap" variety.
Once the doilies are clean, you'll need to re-block them. To do this you lay it out on a board, stretch it back into place, and then pin it with rust-proof pins to make sure it stays in place. To set the shape you spray some regular fabric starch on it and let it dry.
Posted 25 September 2007 - 05:33 PM
Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:53 PM
It seems like nobody knows what this is anymore. In the detergent section, look for 20 Mule Team Borax in a box. Borax has been used forever on clothes that have been packed away in attics, and get that musty smell. Or you unpack the clothes and they now have strange stains on them, even though you know they were packed away clean.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:45 AM
I don't want to damage them. There are about twenty in all and very well done and intricate(you gotta remember, I am a fisherman and car mechanic; transmission linkage is intricate to me, as well! LOL).
Thanks for all the replies. I will most likely try 3 pie plates: one with the borax solution, one with salt/lemon juice/H20 and one with baking soda/warm water. None are white. All are various colors of ecru-off white.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:22 AM
I used it on all of my baby woollens and crocheted items.
Good Luck with whichever method you use.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:35 AM
Just think of this as a project like soaking gunk out of a carburetor. You'll do fine.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:59 AM
Mama's Miracle Linen Soak is a new product made especially to remove stains from old doilies, and really, all sorts of vintage or antique linens. It's the best way I've ever found to remove yellow and brown stains from crochet, without harming it. You just mix up the solution and soak the items for however long it takes (anywhere from an hour to a couple of days). Then rinse them and those stains are gone!
Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:03 AM
Will any of these ideas work on doilies with colored flowers/leaves on them ? I've hand washed white/ecru doilies, but not multi colored ones. I usually just shake out the dust, washing/blocking is a hassle, but mine need more than a shaking now.
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