Vintage Sunday: Help me save this tablecloth!

Vintage Tablecloth - Stained but salvageable?

Here is another treasure I saved from the trash at the charity shop – a stunning tablecloth made of, I’m not sure, some kind of rayon? There’s no fiber content on the German tag, but it’s all slinky and shimmery – definitely not even a little bit of cotton in there. Only some of it visible in this photo, but this tablecloth is very, very badly stained – there’s large yellow stains, little pink ones all over – it’s a mess. But I absolutely have to at least try and save it – it’s so beautiful (those bright colors, they kill me!), I’d love to be able to use it as a tablecloth for special occasions.

So – this is an open call for help! Any washing / stain-budging advice to share? Any experience with saving vintage textiles that might help me out? Pretty please, shout it out!

5 Comments on Vintage Sunday: Help me save this tablecloth!

  1. Holly
    November 10, 2013 at 10:19 (5 years ago)

    I have something that may help that Dad uses on rugs that come in for cleaning. Gets greasy marks and stains out quite well, I can bring some to the pub on Thursday if you want?

  2. Tammy
    November 10, 2013 at 14:14 (5 years ago)

    Well wonder if you could over dye the whole thing in tea or coffee to turn it all the same color and then all the stains would be blended in although it might would change all the colors. Hmm…Did you try soaking it in like Bakeing soda water?

  3. Chrissie
    November 10, 2013 at 19:12 (5 years ago)

    Try Vanish Oxy, it works for all my kiddie-related stains…or I have a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen my mom sent from the States, I could check if it’s safe for those fibres and pass it along…Cx

  4. Hannapat
    November 11, 2013 at 14:00 (5 years ago)

    I would personally just use vanish oxy powder in with your normal detergent and I would definitely wash it at 60 degrees. It is gorgeous, I really hope you can clean it! Good luck! xo

  5. Barbara
    April 6, 2016 at 04:25 (2 years ago)

    This was such a while ago but I’m interested in the outcome. What did you try? How did it work?


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