#CAVlaundrydays Talking about correcting color bleed today! I used to think it was impossible to fix until I came across Rit Color Run Remover. What’s more, I used it to SPOT TREAT color bleed in skirt. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty proud of my victory when that attempt worked 🙌🏻
A lot of vintage fabrics from the 1970s and older are not color stable, especially those with bold colors, as in this case with this 70s skirt with bright red floral appliqués. Despite my best efforts in cleaning this one (and even a successful first soak!), I ended up with color bleed after the second soak. So I mixed 1 teaspoon of remover in 1 cup of boiling hot water and carefully ladled it just on the areas of color bleed careful to avoid the appliqués. Color run remover will remove any non stable dye, so if an item has bled onto itself, you cannot put this product on the areas prone to bleeding. I then rinsed the area. •
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This shot doesn’t show the size perspective, but these are those large #vintagelaundry pins they used in commercial businesses. I sold all of these, but I always thought three or more would be super cool framed and hung in a laundry room. 🧦
#CAVlaundrydays I was very excited recently to find my local craft store carries synthrapol. Synthrapol has multiple uses, but most importantly, it holds dye in suspension as an item is being soaked preventing color bleed. A lot of older dyes are not very stable when immersed in water, so if you need to clean an item that is likely to bleed, synthrapol is your best bet. •
Synthropol states that it works best in warm water for silk and wool, and hot water for other fabrics. I’m not as experienced in using this product as other sellers are, but I’ve just used warm or luke warm water for the items I’ve cleaned with it and it’s done well. I mix about 1/2 tablespoon in running water and let the item soak about 20 minutes or more. Synthrapol is a fabric detergent, so you don’t need to add any other products. I have not tried an overnight soak with this product and I probably won’t with older items. Even though synthrapol will prevent dye bleeding back onto the item, it’s still possible to get dye fade because of the instability of some dyes. •
One last note of caution, it is always a risk when you soak older items, especially those with bold or rich colors and those made of rayon, crepe, or other fabrics prone to shrinking. Unless an item has stains or smells, it’s easier and safer to just have it dry cleaned. And always do your own research and know what fabric you have before you attempt cleaning. •
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#CAVlaundrydays . Yep, vodka has some fabulous vintage cleaning potential!
Believe or not, cheap vodka is AMAZING at getting musty smells out of vintage clothing. I spray the garment until it’s damp and then let it air dry. The vodka kills odor causing bacteria and then completely evaporates, leaving no hint of its own smell. This is great for cleaning your delicate items that may not withstand a washing, or for getting smells out that a good soak wasn’t able. •
Tag a friend that could use this info. Works on modern clothing too! Great for getting the funk out of clothes you left in the washer too long (I’m looking at you @justanotherjustin27 😂).
Vintage Laundry Room. So many unique items. The antique cabinet belonged to my Husband’s Grandmother. Many goodies found or collected over the years. Shout out to @b_beachvintage ; Julie!! I absolutely love the dish scrubber still in the original box, never used!! It’s really cool GF! ☀️👌🙌 Vintage Ball canning jars with lids in perfect vintage condition filled with vintage clothes pins is such a neat idea from @vintage.haus ! Clothes pins were her Grandmother’s. I just love all the history in this little area and if only we knew all the stories!! #happymail#vintage#vintagestyle#vintagelaundryroom#vintagelaundry
Check out some of my favorite IG Vintage Shops : @rustic.valley.vintage @b_beachvintage @vintage.haus
Just to name a few!
You will not be disappointed!! Happy Day to everyone! ☀️😎👌💫✨
#CAVlaundrydays Last week I shared my go to for yellowing and stains in cotton and other sturdy fabrics. But for silks, rayons, and other fine or delicate fabrics, I have to use a gentler approach. Fels-Naptha has been around forever, and has worked wonders for me on practically every fabric type. If I can’t use Oxyclean, this is my next approach. I’ve had it lift stains that even oxy didn’t work on. •
In the warmest water appropriate for the garment (I default to cold if I’m not sure or worried about color bleed), grate about 2 tablespoons of Fels-Naptha and add about 1-2 teaspoons of gentle detergent. Use only enough water to cover the garment. Allow to soak for at least a couple hours, but for some really set in stains, I’ve had success letting it set for a week. •
Be careful if you let it soak for more than overnight, because the soap tends to harden in any fabric that is sticking out of the water. I try to gently flip the garment twice a day if I’m letting it soak for an extended period of time. (Next Monday I’ll share how to get detergent residue out of clothing, which works on Fels-Naptha if you do get residue spots!)
This 1950s raw silk dress had perspiration stains around the collar and Fels-Naptha got them out completely. For tough stains, you can also pretreat by wetting the bar and rubbing it on the stain a few minutes before you stick it in to soak. •
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