How to restore vintage linens
Take a closer look at these great ideas on how to restore vintage linens and also don't miss our advises on displaying your favorite ones.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN VINTAGE LINENS:
- Try to find linens in good condition.
- Avoid those with large holes or fraying.
- Keep in mind that even fabrics in the best conditions will have small stains or yellowing.
- Keep severely worn vintage linens for sewing projects.
SOAKING FORMULA FOR RESTORING VINTAGE LINENS:
- Mix a little bleach into a basin of hot water.
- Be sure not to add so much that it is harsh.
- If stains persist, let linens soak in formula over several days.
- Mix in a bit of dishwasher detergent for really stubborn stains.
- Soak large vintage quilts or blankets in a bathtub rather than a washing machine.
DISPLAYING VINTAGE LINENS:
- Start by pressing vintage linens with an iron for a clean, crisp look.
- Avoid using starch. Instead, iron vintage linens when they are slightly damp.
- Incorporate the texture of linens to soften hard furniture.
- Decorate the top of a dresser or vanity with embroidered scarves.
- Layer doilies or crocheted linens under china and glassware.
- Use a quilt instead of a tablecloth to give it a cozy look.