How to get a stain out of a vintage dress?
April 28, 2014 11:16 AM Subscribe
I am the proud new owner of this
vintage picnic-checked pink gingham maxi dress, which I picked up for a song! Unfortunately, the dress has a stain on the bust that I need to remove (see the fifth picture in the link), and I am looking for advice about the best method(s) to try without ruining the dress. The dress is missing a tag indicating fabric, and the brand label has been cut out of it. I don't know much about the dress or the stain, but here are a few things I do know:
posted by ClaireBear to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- The washing instructions read: "Machine wash, warm: delicate cycle; tumble dry, low; use cool iron".
- The fabric has a sort of seersucker stripe running through it (the white stripe), and the pink one is smooth. The fabric has a matte woven-cottony feel, but I think it may be a blend (not sure). The second and sixth pictures in the link to the auction page show fabric close-ups.
- The stain appears to me to be possibly slightly greasy, and a light yellowy-orangey color, with a hint of brown. It shows up in a few spots on the front - one large spot (maybe 1cm radius), and then a few smaller spots (see fifth picture in link).
- The rest of the dress appears slightly dirty (especially the ric rac trim), and I would also like to remove this dirt if possible.
- I'm guessing that the dress is from the 1960s or 1970s (late 1960s?).
I use OxiClean on stains in my normal (non-vintage) clothing. I have heard that Biz gets stains better out of vintage clothing? I have seen cocktails online for removing stains from vintage clothing with Biz and OxiClean, or Biz/OxiClean/dish detergent, etc. I'd love to hear first of all what luck people have had with different mixtures versus others, and exactly what you did (powder/liquid, what mixtures, what concentration, how long you soaked for, etc.). How gentle do I need to be with this dress to avoid ruining it? I'd also love to hear if people have any specific recommendations about what to do (or what not to do!) for my dress and its stain, based on the information I've given. Thanks so much!