help for old crocheted bedspread

help for old crocheted bedspread

Post by juli » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 12:31:14



Hi all,
I inherited a massive crocheted bedspread from my late aunt. It seems to be
a very heavy cotton yarn and the pattern is just exquisite. I have no idea
how long it took my aunt to do it, but it must have been months. The big
problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
believed was the original color (not white). Is there any hope for this
thing? I have tried using that OxyClean stuff, which brightened it a little
(sort of evened out some of the worst of the yellow) but there are still
many dingy patches. Has anyone used that Rit stuff for whitening? At this
point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).
Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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Post by Madd » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 14:13:49


Hi Julia...

I have the same problem with a table cloth, even though its not so many
years old and not hand made it is crochet... and it has some staining on
it..its white..and OXY clean did nothing for it... bleach worked some
what..even though i would not recommend you using bleach being its cream
color..someone told me to dye the cloth..but in order to dye it..i have to
use my washing machine...

If you find any answers please share  :o)

Thanks
Maddy

Quote:
> Hi all,
> I inherited a massive crocheted bedspread from my late aunt. It seems to
be
> a very heavy cotton yarn and the pattern is just exquisite. I have no idea
> how long it took my aunt to do it, but it must have been months. The big
> problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
> old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
> believed was the original color (not white). Is there any hope for this
> thing? I have tried using that OxyClean stuff, which brightened it a
little
> (sort of evened out some of the worst of the yellow) but there are still
> many dingy patches. Has anyone used that Rit stuff for whitening? At this
> point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
> damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).
> Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

> --
> -j
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Post by Robby » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 14:18:10


Quote:
> I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
>damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).

I used to bleach crochet and knit trimmed linens that I'd gotten at
the consignment shop.  Like yours, many of them had been stashed for
years and had yellowed - especially at the folds.

If the yarn is in good shape (check it ALL over very carefully) and if
you're sure it's all cotton (sounds like it from your description of
the weight) a mild bleach solution shouldn't do it any harm.

It didn't always do the trick, but it worked often enough so that it
was worth trying.

What about the bleach for colors like Cl**x II?  That's supposed to be
kinder to material than the chlorine stuff.  Would that work, do you
think?

Robbyn

 
 
 

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Post by Madd » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 14:33:36


Do you really think that might work..if the bleach didnt??

Just asking <S>


Quote:
> > I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
> >damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a
ton).

> I used to bleach crochet and knit trimmed linens that I'd gotten at
> the consignment shop.  Like yours, many of them had been stashed for
> years and had yellowed - especially at the folds.

> If the yarn is in good shape (check it ALL over very carefully) and if
> you're sure it's all cotton (sounds like it from your description of
> the weight) a mild bleach solution shouldn't do it any harm.

> It didn't always do the trick, but it worked often enough so that it
> was worth trying.

> What about the bleach for colors like Cl**x II?  That's supposed to be
> kinder to material than the chlorine stuff.  Would that work, do you
> think?

> Robbyn

 
 
 

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Post by Richard En » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 16:31:18



Quote:

>> I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
>>damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).

>I used to bleach crochet and knit trimmed linens that I'd gotten at
>the consignment shop.  Like yours, many of them had been stashed for
>years and had yellowed - especially at the folds.

>If the yarn is in good shape (check it ALL over very carefully) and if
>you're sure it's all cotton (sounds like it from your description of
>the weight) a mild bleach solution shouldn't do it any harm.

My mother used to bleach old cottons and linens using the methods in very
old how-to-clean books - I think lemon juice and baking soda and letting
it sit outdoors in bright sunlight for hours was one of them.  If nothing
else, the methods were harmless and they often worked just fine.

=Tamar

 
 
 

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Post by Sarah Gra » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 18:36:36


Quote:

>My mother used to bleach old cottons and linens using the methods in very
>old how-to-clean books - I think lemon juice and baking soda and letting
>it sit outdoors in bright sunlight for hours was one of them.

Dear Julia and Maddy

If it were i with the table cloth/bedspread i wouldn't use a manufactured
bleach as that may weaken the fibres and cause holes.  Tamar's suggestion rang
a bell, and i seem to remember seeing yellowed lace cleaned using bicarbonate
of soda or baking powder.  

If the pieces are pretty important to you both and you are willing to spend a
bit of time cleaning them, then i would recommend doing a google search about
restoring yellowed items.

Good luck!
Regards
Sarah

 
 
 

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Post by Martin Eccle » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 19:42:24


Yes, I thought that household chlorine bleach would rot the fibres too, and
hence isn't such a good idea.

I don't know what's in Oxy: it may well be hydrogen peroxide, which bleaches
without rotting. If it isn't, then you might try using hydrogen peroxide.

I'd try lemon juice and baking soda first though, as Tamar suggests.

Cheers, Martin


Quote:

> >My mother used to bleach old cottons and linens using the methods in very
> >old how-to-clean books - I think lemon juice and baking soda and letting
> >it sit outdoors in bright sunlight for hours was one of them.

> Dear Julia and Maddy

> If it were i with the table cloth/bedspread i wouldn't use a manufactured
> bleach as that may weaken the fibres and cause holes.  Tamar's suggestion
rang
> a bell, and i seem to remember seeing yellowed lace cleaned using
bicarbonate
> of soda or baking powder.

> If the pieces are pretty important to you both and you are willing to
spend a
> bit of time cleaning them, then i would recommend doing a google search
about
> restoring yellowed items.

> Good luck!
> Regards
> Sarah

 
 
 

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Post by Mlowe » Sat, 02 Nov 2002 23:48:36


Quote:
> The big
>problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
>old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
>believed was the original color (not white).
> At this
>point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
>damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).

DON'T USE BLEACH!  That will damage the yarn badly!  You might try a second,
and perhaps even a third and fourth, round with OxyClean, which sometimes needs
more than once-through for most effectiveness.  If all else fails, talk to a
drycleaner, or just decide to keep the thing slightly yellowed and consider it
the same as wrinkles on the face of a very old and very beautiful lady!  
 
 
 

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Post by juli » Sun, 03 Nov 2002 11:24:12


Yes, the consensus seems to be no bleach. I will definitely not try it. I am
going to try the oxyclean again, this time soak it a bit more. I did find a
few tips on some websites, but asked here as most stain removal tips seem to
be about fabric, not necessarily something knit (or crochet in this case), I
thought I'd ask here. Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it.

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Quote:
> > The big
> >problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
> >old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
> >believed was the original color (not white).

> > At this
> >point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
> >damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a
ton).

> DON'T USE BLEACH!  That will damage the yarn badly!  You might try a
second,
> and perhaps even a third and fourth, round with OxyClean, which sometimes
needs
> more than once-through for most effectiveness.  If all else fails, talk to
a
> drycleaner, or just decide to keep the thing slightly yellowed and
consider it
> the same as wrinkles on the face of a very old and very beautiful lady!

 
 
 

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Post by Mom100 » Fri, 08 Nov 2002 22:30:22


Hi Julia,

Your question made me remember this line from Anne of Green Gables:

"I'm going to give Anne two of my cotton warp spreads,"  ............
.....I must see about getting them bleached. I've had them sewed up
in cotton bags ever since Thomas died, and no doubt they're an  awful
color. But there's a month yet, and dew-bleaching will work wonders."
--Anne's House of Dreams
Chapter 2

With a little research I found that dew bleaching was used before
bleaching liquids were commercially available.  Spread your piece
overnight on the ground or over a clothes line (whichever way will let
the bedspread soak up the dew) and let the sun dry it the next day.  I
imagine you could or may have to repeat this process a number of
times.  

I have no clue how wells this works or how often you'd have to do it
to be effective but it seems Mrs. Rachel thought it would work
wonders!

--Joyce

Quote:

>Hi all,
>I inherited a massive crocheted bedspread from my late aunt. It seems to be
>a very heavy cotton yarn and the pattern is just exquisite. I have no idea
>how long it took my aunt to do it, but it must have been months. The big
>problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
>old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
>believed was the original color (not white). Is there any hope for this
>thing? I have tried using that OxyClean stuff, which brightened it a little
>(sort of evened out some of the worst of the yellow) but there are still
>many dingy patches. Has anyone used that Rit stuff for whitening? At this
>point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
>damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).
>Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!
>--
>-j
>remove 'spamno' to reply
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Post by elsj » Sat, 09 Nov 2002 03:56:34



Quote:

> Hi Julia,

> Your question made me remember this line from Anne of Green Gables:

> "I'm going to give Anne two of my cotton warp spreads,"  ............
> .....I must see about getting them bleached. I've had them sewed up
> in cotton bags ever since Thomas died, and no doubt they're an  awful
> color. But there's a month yet, and dew-bleaching will work wonders."
> --Anne's House of Dreams
> Chapter 2

> With a little research I found that dew bleaching was used before
> bleaching liquids were commercially available.  Spread your piece
> overnight on the ground or over a clothes line (whichever way will let
> the bedspread soak up the dew) and let the sun dry it the next day.  I
> imagine you could or may have to repeat this process a number of
> times.  

> I have no clue how wells this works or how often you'd have to do it
> to be effective but it seems Mrs. Rachel thought it would work
> wonders!

> --Joyce

Joyce....it was common practise to sun bleach all handwoven linens
hundreds of years ago.  Makes sense when you think about the term "colour
fastness and do not hang in direct sunlight sun etc"  

Els

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Post by Familie Nelle » Mon, 11 Nov 2002 08:02:52


But take care if you have any cats in the neighbourhood.  I tried dew-bleaching
once with a stained t-shirt, and the next morning I found only rags.  I am sure
cats had been playing with it during the night.
Ria
Quote:

> Hi Julia,

> Your question made me remember this line from Anne of Green Gables:

> "I'm going to give Anne two of my cotton warp spreads,"  ............
> .....I must see about getting them bleached. I've had them sewed up
> in cotton bags ever since Thomas died, and no doubt they're an  awful
> color. But there's a month yet, and dew-bleaching will work wonders."
> --Anne's House of Dreams
> Chapter 2

> With a little research I found that dew bleaching was used before
> bleaching liquids were commercially available.  Spread your piece
> overnight on the ground or over a clothes line (whichever way will let
> the bedspread soak up the dew) and let the sun dry it the next day.  I
> imagine you could or may have to repeat this process a number of
> times.

> I have no clue how wells this works or how often you'd have to do it
> to be effective but it seems Mrs. Rachel thought it would work
> wonders!

> --Joyce


> >Hi all,
> >I inherited a massive crocheted bedspread from my late aunt. It seems to be
> >a very heavy cotton yarn and the pattern is just exquisite. I have no idea
> >how long it took my aunt to do it, but it must have been months. The big
> >problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
> >old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
> >believed was the original color (not white). Is there any hope for this
> >thing? I have tried using that OxyClean stuff, which brightened it a little
> >(sort of evened out some of the worst of the yellow) but there are still
> >many dingy patches. Has anyone used that Rit stuff for whitening? At this
> >point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
> >damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).
> >Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

> >--
> >-j
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> >--

 
 
 

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Post by Martin Eccle » Thu, 14 Nov 2002 18:05:14


Have you seen my latest post dated 11/11 and discussing stain remover?
Nobody's responded to it but the stain remover I mention  is truly amazing.

Subject, "Removing stains"

Cheers, Martin


Quote:
> Hi all,
> I inherited a massive crocheted bedspread from my late aunt. It seems to
be
> a very heavy cotton yarn and the pattern is just exquisite. I have no idea
> how long it took my aunt to do it, but it must have been months. The big
> problem is, it has yellowed quite badly (it is at least 30 years
> old...possibly as much as 40). It is a (mostly) cream color, which I
> believed was the original color (not white). Is there any hope for this
> thing? I have tried using that OxyClean stuff, which brightened it a
little
> (sort of evened out some of the worst of the yellow) but there are still
> many dingy patches. Has anyone used that Rit stuff for whitening? At this
> point, I'm ready to soak it in a bleach solution, but I am afraid of
> damaging the yarn (though it appears to be lead-lined as it weighs a ton).
> Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

> --
> -j
> remove 'spamno' to reply
> --

 
 
 

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Post by Katherine Burges » Thu, 14 Nov 2002 20:00:05


I saw it, Martin, but, since I don't need any stains removed right now, I
just went right past it. <g>
Katherine
 
 
 

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Post by Martin Eccle » Thu, 14 Nov 2002 21:22:00



Quote:
> I saw it, Martin, but, since I don't need any stains removed right now, I
> just went right past it. <g>
> Katherine

Thanks Katherine. You've made it all worthwhile! I looked at what I wrote
and thought that it looked a bit like advertising, which may have put people
off. But I don't even know where my daughter bought the stuff - yet.

Cheers, Martin