How to Remove Yellowing from Old Satin


Britt asked: How do I get the yellow color out of old satin? I’m trying to get the yellow color out of a satin baptism outfit. What is the best way? The outfit has no stains, but is yellow due to age.

Vintage fabrics tend to yellow with age, often due to exposure to oils in chests, drawers and other storage containers. Removing the yellow takes special care, as these older fabrics are often delicate and require hand washing. Fortunately, there’s a product made just for this purpose.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Fill a clean tub or bucket with water (enough to submerge the fabric).
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of Vintage Textile Soak per gallon of water. Stir gently to disburse.
  3. Place the garment in the mixture and allow it to soak for 4 to 24 hours.
  4. Remove the item and rinse it thoroughly with clean water.
  5. Press the excess water out with a dry towel or cloth.
  6. Lay the item flat on a dry towel, and allow it to air dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Before you attempt to remove the yellowing, make sure the satin in clean.
  • Check fabrics for colorfastness before soaking.
  • Vintage Textile Soak contains sodium perborate. Keep it away from children and pets.


  1. Sandy says:

    I have closets full of yellow clothes; cigarette smoke is responsible for most of it, I am sure. I stopped working years ago and live in Levi’s and sweatshirts, so the good clothes only get used occasionally. Any ideas of how to get these stains out? It is especially bad where it hangs on the hanger. I have silk blouses, cotton, mixed, jackets, pants dresses etc. I was ill for a couple of years and just didn’t have strength to keep them up, so I am so mad at myself for letting good clothes go to hell. I am talking four closets! Rarely throw away anything as I take care of them, and I’m relatively conservative. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd in styles of the year. I am ill again and will get rid of much of it, but not in this condition. I never see this question in any books so am asking you for help. Thank you.

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