Deana asked: I have some crocheted doilies that have discolored areas. I don’t know what the spots are from. They were stored in a box under the bed. I think they are 100% cotton crocheted thread. Most are white, and some are pink or white with colored trim. Any help would be much appreciated. Some were made by my grandmother, and I want to keep them as long as possible.
If your doilies are in good, strong shape, a regular hand washing with mild detergent should do the trick. If they’re really old or the threads are weak, try this smart solution for ultra-gentle cleaning that should remove spots without destroying your lace.
You Will Need:
- Wide mouth, screw top jar
- Detergent for delicate fabrics
- Warm water
- Clean white towel
Steps to Remove the Spots:
- Fill the jar ¾ full of warm water.
- Add a small amount of detergent made for delicate fabrics, such as Woolite.
- Put the lid on the jar and shake it to mix the detergent with the water.
- Remove the lid, insert one doily and replace the lid.
- Wash the doily by rolling the jar around. The agitation will gently clean the doily without putting pressure on the cotton strands.
- When the doily is clean, remove it from the jar. Empty the jar, rinse it out and refill with clean water.
- Put the doily back in the jar, replace the lid, and repeat the agitation process to rinse.
- Take the doily out of the jar and lay it on a clean white towel. Roll it up, jelly roll style, with some pressure to help it dry.
- Wait a few hours or until the doily is almost dry. Unroll the cloth and cover the doily with muslin.
- Iron with a warm iron through the muslin to press the doily into shape.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Treat stubborn stains before you dry the doily with a non-bleach cleaner, such as OxiClean. Avoid using harsh chemicals (like bleach) on delicate or aged fabrics, as it can damage or weaken the fabric beyond repair.