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Removing stains

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by acceber, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I have this ivory colored bedspread set from the 40. It’s made from some sort of satin. There is yellowing all over the whole set. Some of it looks as though the yellowing is right along the fold lines. Some of it, there is no pattern to it. It’s pretty extensive yellowing. I have no idea what the yellowing is from. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to get rid of it. Here are two poor photos of the yellowing. It’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 80s the next 3 days which gives me a lot of time to hang them in the sun, if that would work?

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  2. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    I usually soak similar stains in Restoration but it really depends on the fabric. It won’t be safe to use Restoration if they are silk. These kinds of stains are typically really stubborn if they come out at all.
  3. It looks like it got wet or was laundered previously and the stain bled. I am not sure it will come out without a lot of work.
  4. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

    The yellowing could be from a naughty animal. If it's the kind of bedroom set I *think* it is, it's probably a satin but a blend of silk SO I'd clean in the machine using the handwash cycle, with first a good soak. Restoration is good. Then I'd dry on the line on a sunny day.

    Also, I've pre-treated those kinds of stains with pretty good success from bridal gowns... I use a paste mix of hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/white vinegar and go at the stain with a gentle toothbrush scrubbing.

    But this is if a silk blend which I think it is but you'll know for sure.
  5. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Well I took the plunge and washed it in a commercial washer - twice! Honestly it smelled so heavily of mildew and with the yellowing too, I developed a “screw it, what’s the worst that can happen” mentality. The first time I washed it on a delicate cycle with oxiclean white revive. It involved some soaking. It came out whiter but still stained though the stains were lighter. I hung them out to dry in the sun. Then, reinforced by the lack of obvious damage from washing it once, I washed it again. This time I used regular oxiclean and a little bit of bleach on the delicate cycle. Just a smidgen of bleach. They look MUCH better. No obvious damage. All the pink trim is still pink. No mildew smell either. I think by the time it dries, the staining will be far less obvious. At least that is the plan.

    I have one more question. Does anyone have any information on this stamp? Would this label mean this bed set is from the 20s-40s? I thought it was from the 40s but I thought I would ask. I took a picture of the back of the label with a light behind it so I could see the writing under the stamp. The set includes one satin embroidered bedspread with a long glamorous skirt, two pairs of satin drapes with tie backs and valances. The valances have embroidery too. There are also numerous long and square dresser scarves.

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  6. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  7. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you! That picture of the bedspread, it was still wet. It’s a great transformation, dried and ironed. I do believe it’s some kind of silk/satin blend. Very shiny and soft. I only got around to ironing the drapes today. They have tie backs but I’m not sure if I’m going to use them. Here are the drapes I have hung up. The top of the valance has the same type of quilting and embroidery as the bedspread. I honestly didn’t think I would care for the look of them but I think I love them. I am hoping to get the other window done later when I get home from work and the bedspread done tomorrow. I will post pictures of how it comes out.

  8. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I don’t know how that little ironing guy showed up. lol
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  9. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    That came out very well...it is surprising what good work a washing machine with a delicate cycle can accomplish. The sun and air really help too!
    Glad to see you were able to salvage this lovely set.

    That stamp is interesting, looking forward to hearing info about that.
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  10. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    That’s a state revenue stamp. Some stamp collectors focus specifically on them. There is even a society that produces a catalogue of revenue stamps.

    This site has lots of info on them and suggests that New York had them between 1933-1942.

    However, on a stamp collectors site I saw the following which considering the source, I think is far more reliable: “printed 1933, 34, 36, 37, 40 - discontinued use in 1954“
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  11. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  12. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

    I LOVE this!!
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  13. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I had to come share the end result. This is a guest room, just done up in my crazy interest in vintage. lol I might bring up a dress form and doll it up in a matching 30s nightgown. I made the canopy out of a wrought iron hanging basket that’s supposed to be hung on a fence outside, flat on one side, using drapes from the 30s and some sheer panels from Walmart. I did discover the stamp on the tag on the bedspread is from 1937. All the furniture is 1930s waterfall, a bed, dresser, armoire, vanity, hope chest and two bedside tables. I wish that little ironing guy was around to help. This was exhausting. lol

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  14. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    That guest room is so lovely and romantic! You did a great job with everything.

  15. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    So pretty. It made me smile.
  16. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

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  19. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you! ❤️ There are a lot of little imperfections in the fabric throughout the entire set but I don’t care. I’m debating using pink sheers behind the drapes but I’m not sure. I don’t want to overdo the pink. I also decided against using the tie backs.
  20. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you for this interesting information! I did a lot of googling and found a site where someone was inquiring about the same stamp I have. Someone responded with this:


    I noticed that difference on the stamp on the page you posted. There is an obvious space between the L and the A in Labor on the stamp on that page:


    The L and the A are joined on my stamp, like the guy posted:


    Interesting stuff! Suffice to say this bedspread is old. lol
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