If you have any Vintage (not using word OLD) fabrics that might be little yellow and stained, don’t worry. In most cases the problem can be solved. The very first tip you need to know is don’t use your washing machine or dryer. Vintage fabrics are just too fragile.
First try soaking your items in cool water with a mild soap. I like to let my items soak over night. Rinse everything three or four times in cool water. Don’t wring out the water. Squeeze gently and use towels to soak and pat your item dry.
Dry flat on a towel. Don’t lay them out in the sun.
If your item is still stained here are a few other ways to make them clean. The powdered Oxi Clean dissolved in hot water and before adding your fabric add some cool water. Swish everything around. Let soak overnight. and repeat with gently squeezing and drying with a towel.
If your fabric is extremely stained and yellowed you can simmer the fabric in a large pot full of water for two hours. Just prepare your water using Oxi Clean as instructed above. Don’t boil, simmer the water.
If you are cleaning pillowcases, tablecloths and napkins go ahead and hang them outside in the sun to dry.
Now you know how to clean all those great vintage fabrics. ENJOY!