Cleaning Linen : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread


We recently were given quite a bit of antique linen that has yellowed from storage.

Anyone have any tips on cleaning (whitening) this ?

Thanks for your help.


-- j (, April 03, 2000


Sorry I don't have an answer for you, but you might try

-- Cindy (, April 03, 2000.

If I remember correctly, laying or hanging it in direct sun will whiten linen.

-- Jean (, April 04, 2000.

Well, I started this thing and now I've got some answers to share...

These two have lots of stain removal tips:

And the second one will show's you how to fold fancy napkins, to boot !

Thanks for the pointers.


-- j (, April 04, 2000.

Try "Grandma's Old Fashioned Bluing". You might be able to find it in a store. If not, the "Vermont Country Store" has it. They have a website

I think I've seen it in a few other catalogs, and it will be cheaper if you can find it in a store. It is meant for cleaning up the yellowing of white fabrics. Haven't tried it. My Mom used RIT fabric whitener. It can be found with the Rit dyes in just about any store that carries Rit dye. I have used it, and it does work. You might want to read the package for warnings about specific fabrics though. I've never had to clean up linen before. Just cottons and cotton blends.

Good Luck! :o)

-- Bentpennyranch (, April 07, 2000.

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