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remove sweat stains from satin

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by steph1989, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. steph1989

    steph1989 Registered Guest

    i have bought a 50s tulle dress, the top has a white silk satin stripe, unfortunately covered with stains, especially in the armpit area.
    does everyone know how to remove the yellow stains? and also what's the best solution to wash in general the tulle?
    thank you all

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  2. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    Beautiful dress!
    Gosh thats a tough one, I wouldn't dare wash it even in cold water in case that pink took over the ivory. I might try a light steam or a specialist dry cleaners. I'm sure the experts may have more insight. There is also a thread on caring and cleaning your vintage garments made by the experts here somewhere.
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  3. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

  4. I have never been able to remove stains from satin without the fabric being damaged.
    I don't know what to suggest, except as the others say, do not launder.

    Years ago I did have a seamstress cut away underarm areas to be able to use the garment.
  5. Auntie Establishment

    Auntie Establishment Registered Guest

    I've had success washing satin. But yes, you need to make sure the red won't bleed. You can dip the hem of the dress in tepid water and let it rest on a white towel for about 20 minutes to see if it bleeds. After satin has been washed I steam it while damp so the wrinkles don't set. If you would rather not risk the whole dress, you can spot treat the armpits. I use a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit (its best to rinse and repeat rather than let it sit too long and have it lighten the fabric) a few minutes and rinse. Blot the wet areas with a towel and you can even blow dry to speed the drying process and make sure no color transfer happens. If you want to wash the whole dress and you have found it is colorfast, I would just use a mild detergent such as dawn dish soap or woolite. You can add some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to the water to boost effectiveness of the dress is really dirty. Rinse, roll in towels and hang to dry. Again, blow dry the strip of satin just in case! I'm always happy to answer questions about washing vintage if you need more answers!
  6. steph1989

    steph1989 Registered Guest

    thank you so much! i'll read the paragraph as indicated ;))
  7. wyomingvintage

    wyomingvintage VFG Member

    I have decent luck using vodka on pit stains. Hit and miss if it works

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