Firstly, If your vintage clothing is stained with MILDEW, you are out of luck – there is no way to remove it and therefore, it is best to leave it alone or try to conceal it depending on its position by layering over it. For instance, you can accessorize with a scarf to cover stains around the neck line of your vintage dress. Also, if your vintage clothing is made of silk and linen and is stained with SWEAT, you are out of luck – it is always permanent.
Natural methods and products are gentler on clothes, particularly vintage and should be the first line before trying the chemical alternatives, which are harsher. Here are some common types of stains and natural remedies:
Grease: You can usually remove it by soaking the cloth in sufficient cold to warm running water without detergent.
Rust: As of last post, you shouldn’t be hanging your clothes on coat hangers, particularly wire hangers for this reason – they rust. For rust stains, submerge the clothing in boiling water and then sprinkle with lemon juice before rinsing. Do this several times until you are satisfied.
Sweat: The armpit area is prone to sweat stains. Prepare a paste from a mixture of water, salt and baking soda and rub into the stain and leave it for at 20 minutes and then rinse away. Alternatively, you can try lemon juice or white vinegar.
Blood: Use a smear of plain or whte toothpaste and rub it on the affected area before rinsing. Avoid toothpaste with gels and coloring.
Last advice: Try not to over wash, but taking measures to avoid getting stains on them in the first place, as frequent washing will have a negative impact on its life span.
Happy Washing XX