Things You'll Need:
- 1 fresh lemon
- Table salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- Commercial stain remover
- Liquid laundry detergent
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1 cup white vinegar
You had planned on using your grandmother's lace tablecloth for the family gathering. But when you pulled it out, you found a large yellow stain. Instead of placing it back in storage, there are several methods of removing yellow from fabric that you can consider. When deciding how to approach stain removal, it is wise to think about the age and condition of the lace. Any approach to stain removal on lace will pose a certain strain on it, but if the process is done gently and not performed on a consistent basis, the stress on the lace should be minimal.
Combine the juice of one fresh lemon and 1/4 cup room-temperature tap water in a small container and saturate the stain with the solution. Sprinkle the damp stain with table salt, gently work the salt and lemon juice into lace, then dry the lace in sunlight to enhance the lemon's bleaching power. Rinse the lace in cool running tap water and allow to dry.
Fill a sink with room-temperature tap water and stir in 1 cup of baking soda until dissolved. Place the lace in the solution and let it soak for a minimum of 40 minutes. Remove the lace from the baking soda mixture, rinse in cool running tap water and lay it out to dry.
Soak the lace in a commercial product made for removing stains. These products are available in supermarkets and often work well, but the condition of the lace must be considered before selecting the product. Read the manufacturer's package instructions before proceeding.
Fill a sink with room-temperature water and add 1/2 cup of borax and a several drops of liquid laundry detergent. Gently work the solution into the stain on the lace, then allow it to soak for 40 minutes. Remove the lace from the solution, rinse in cool running tap water and lay it out to dry.
Combine 4 cups of warm water with 1 cup of white vinegar. Gently work a small amount of the solution into the lace stain and let it soak for up to two hours. Remove the lace from the vinegar mixture, rinse with cool tap water and lay it out to dry.
Take your stained lace to a professional dry cleaner who specializes in delicate garments such as wedding dresses. Discuss the method of cleaning with the dry cleaner and make a determination based on the age and condition of the lace.
Karen Curinga has been writing published articles since 2003 and is the author of multiple books. Her articles have appeared in "UTHeath," "Catalyst" and more. Curinga is a freelance writer and certified coach/consultant who has worked with hundreds of clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology.