Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Laundering Vintage Linens

I was given some beautiful vintage linens that I wanted to use for an upcoming tableBut, there were a few stains and they were just overall dingy.

I had heard of Oxi Clean and I thought I would give it a try.  

 I decided to try the power paks.  They dissolve right in the water as soon as you drop them in.  Run the hotest water your fabric can tolerate and swish the power pak around till dissolved.

Put your linens in and swish often.  Changing the hot water and using another power pak if needed.  The directions said to soak 1-6 hours.  I changed the water once and soaked mine 24 hours.  
Here you can see the water is dirty.  Right about here I changed the water.

After I was done soaking them, I filled the sink back up with cool plain water and swished them around to rinse.  Then I squeezed them out and put them on a towel like this.

I rolled the towel up and pressed the water out of the linens.  Then I hung them to dry.

Last, I pressed them with a hot iron.  I was really surprised the napkins with the crocheted edging were this fabulous peachy/pink shade. All of the linens got very clean and I didn't see any stains.  I give Oxi Clean a thumbs up!  It works great.
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Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks for the great tip, Sherry. I used to use soap for your dishwasher and that worked pretty well. This looks like a better idea!


La said...

Thanks for the info. I will definitely keep your testimonial in mind.

Have a wonderful day! La

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Oh, your linens turned out so beautifully. This is a great technique to know about! Thanks for sharing and letting us know it really works!!
Thank you so much for coming to my Heart of the Home Party! Your kitchen is special and it's you! Can't wait and it's going to be fun. I get so much inspiration from looking at others homes!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Sandi (Meme) said...

Yes! That's what I use, and have never been unhappy with the results. I did have to lay out the last ones I did - in the sun. That just made it better. Have a great week! Sandi

Lucy - By the Hill said...

oooh, one of my favorite things to do is restore beautiful old linens! Your post caught my eye right away.
You do pretty well the same as I do! Right down to rolling up in a towel to get a good deal of the water out in a gentle way!
Don't you just love it when you iron and they come back to life?
Thanks for reminding me of the linens I have to get to!!

sissie said...

I love oxyclean! I have found linens that looked to be beyond help but oxyclean always brings them back to life.

Pretty vintage pieces too.


Donna said...

Your linens are beautiful! Love that crocheted edging! Oxi Clean is the best! I have never used the Max Force. I will give it a try!

Olive Cooper said...

I use oxi clean powder and biz and soak for 24 hours with great results. The tablecloth on my WW post today was cleaned this way. But if biz is not needed that will save money. Thanks for sharing♥olive

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

BEAUTIFUL linens! You've done a great job with them :)


Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing-I need to do some of this and didn't know what to use!

Rebecca said...

I'm needing to do this and wondered what to use-thanks!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I'm so glad Oxi worked for you and your lovely linens...they look awesome!!!

Rhonda said...

I adore vintage linens.
I must try this on a tablecloth that I just bought that has a big yellow stain in the center!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your linens look so pretty. Thanks for sharing your cleaning tips. I have always used Wisk with limited success. I'm going to try the oxyclean.
Happy White Wednesday, Annette

Rebecca said...

I've been needing to do this and just didn't know what to use-thanks!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Pretty, pretty! I love transforming linens! Yours turned out beautifully!

xinex said...

Wow! Great tip, Sherry. I will have to buy some of those. Thanks for the info..Christine

Pat said...

I have wondered how oxyclean worked. Thanks so much for this post. Your vintage linens are beautiful.

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Jane said...

Thanks for this post. I have quite a few vintage linens that I've been afraid to clean for fear of ruining them. I'll give the OxiClean a try.

May Flower Mama said...

Thanks, I'll have to try this great tip soon.

Ellen said...

Thanks for a great post! I was in need of info about getting stains and marks out of old linens. I can't wait to try this out.
By the way, made the pie over the weekend,,,,absolutely heaven! The longer it is around, the better it becomes. Yum!!


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad to know this. I have a few pieces that have stains and I was afraid to try anything harsh on them. Yours turned out beautifully.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Sherry! What an awesome inside tip!! Thank you! I'm definitely going to use that next time! Oh, and gorgeous linens, btw.... :) Happy WW!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Beautiful old linens! I have tried Fels-Naptha soap on old stains in my vintage linens and it sometimes gets them out, but I think I will try Oxy-Clean. I was worried it might be too 'harsh' for them but now I am encouraged! Thanks for the tip!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

And, they are lovely toooo! I am linen crazy... I have a gazillion of them but will never stop buying them. I jsut know there's going to come a time when I won't be able to find nice ones anymore. I love oxy-clean too.

Warm blessings,

tales from an oc cottage said...

I am addicted to Oxy, but have never trued the Max...

m ^..^

jabreb said...

When using Oxy-Clean, be sure to rinse several times/thoroughly or when linens are dry they will be stiff - I learned the hard way! Also, recently read that adding a little white vinegar to your final rinse will help remove any residue in the fabric - I haven't tried this yet, but will - and also to be on the safe side to remove any vinegar - I would do a final rinse with just warm water.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your linens look beautiful! I'm so glad to know about this product. I've never tried it, but I definitely have some things I need to try this on. Thank you for sharing this for Favorite Things Sat. laurie

lulumusing said...

I bought some old linens several years ago that were in great condition. The lady who sold them put me on to OxiClean, and I have found so many uses for it. I'm sure folks will find your hints quite helpful. L

Sarah said...

Great tips on cleaning old linens. I have some I need to use this on. I'll give your method a try. Thanks! ~ Sarah