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      I would like ideas on how to get brown spots out of OLD material–like tablecloths, linens, antique samplers, ring-bearer pillow from 32 years ago, etc.


        Brown spots on old fabric is usually caused by it coming in contact with paper or wood, which is acidic.  As a quilter, I have heard that spots can be successfully removed from washable fabric by soaking in Oxyclean.  A good way to store fabric items is in a pillowcase, never in plastic bags or in a gift box or cedar chest.  Hope this helps.


          I found that oxiclean took the stains out of some vintage pillow cases I had stored in a closet.  Because I was concerned about the age of the fabric and the handmade lace I was careful to not use really warm water. Everything came out really well.


            Before you use Oxyclean be sure to test the material first on an inconspicuous spot.  I ruined some fabric last year with Oxyclean because I didn’t test it first.

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