Monday, December 05, 2011

collective wisdom transfer please!!

white cloth1 stains

from my mother in law, a beautiful hand embroidered linen tablecloth with pulled thread work. it also includes 6 napkins and 6 tea napkins so that makes me think it belonged to her mother.
i want to use it this christmas, but it is stained, most likely from being stored. although the round stain suggests a coffee cup.
the linen is somewhat soft so i am a bit concerned that if i use the classical remedy of boiling it in soda ash the fabric might deteriorate. of course, bleach is out of the question, no, no ,no.
my question: does anyone know what to do? suggestions and ideas are most welcomed.thanks!

neki desu
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  1. Not sure but you could try carb soda (baking soda) in panty hose, damp area and rub gently. Try a small bit first.Then dry.

  2. Would any of these help?

  3. work around it and use it as part of a design, mend it into something

  4. I've always understood that linen tolerates bleach well. Perhaps a very dilute solution. Or, what about a discharge solution?

  5. Anonymous1:13 AM

    I use savon de marseille (wet it and rub it through the fabric where stained), then wash in the washing machine, add 1 cup of white vinegar in the rinse compartment for whiter linen. Alep soap would work too, but the laurel oil could make it less effective against the stains.
    good luck, the cloth look gorgeous!

  6. Anonymous1:48 AM

    The sun is a good bleaching agent - if you are in a place that has it this time of year!
    judy at judydominic dot com

  7. Mia cara, hai provato col sistema della gentile signora di Aix, cioè con sapone di marsiglia e basta?
    Io metterò la bella tovaglia che abbiamo comprato insieme per Natale, ma devo ancora togliere la macchia...


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