Vintage clothing can’t be tossed in the washing machine or stuffed in a dryer. Those frail threads need some extra care if you don’t want to damage them. Clean vintage items carefully to preserve the details of your clothing. With some care, you can keep them perfectly preserved for wear for years to come.
Cleaning Vintage Clothing
The key to cleaning older pieces is careful attention to the cleaning supplies you use. Begin by filling a sink (or a tub, if it’s a larger item) with cool water. Wash the tub clean to remove any residual chemicals before you clean your item. Add in a cap full of gentle liquid detergent while the water is running. You don’t want a ton of suds though.
Now gently push the garment into the soapy water, swishing it in the water with your clean hands. Use a gentle hand but do not twist it, you could damage it. Allow the fabrics to soak overnight. Take the fabric out of the water and dump the dirty water out. Replace it with fresh water then put the garment in it. Swish the garment again.
With your hands, squeeze the water from the garment starting at one end and working it out a little at a time. Place the garment on a thick, thirsty towel. Roll the garment up from one end. Repeat the process with a second towel to remove more water. Place the garment on a flat surface to allow it to dry. Do not place the garment in the sun or in front of a heater. Blow drying the item isn’t a good way to dry it either.
If you have tough stains, add oxygen-based detergent in the water.
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