You're being paranoid...the softened water is *MUCH* less likely to
stain your pieces than unsoftened water...especially with the iron &
manganese you mention (Fe and Mn are what cause most water staining).
Bottled water, unless you use distilled, is probably of a lower
quality than your tap water.
I use Synthrapol to wash my pieces if they're grubby...otherwise I
just rinse them to get the wrinkles out. Other people in the group
use Orvus (quilt/horse) soap.
Along the lines of cleaning cross stitch/needlepoint pieces, I'm appealing
to the collective widsom of this group to offer advice to me re: cleaning
old xst pieces which have been hanging for years. The pieces in question
were my mothers - and were hung either framed, but with no glass - or
alone, as in bellpulls.
The *one* I've tried to clean was extremely difficult to unattach from the
foamcore/blocking medium - and the accumulated dirt and dust remains, no
matter what I do. The fabric, which was once a light cream color is *now*
the color of strong tea - but definitely a dirty, dingy color.
The bellpulls aren't nearly as bad - but hung against nearly white walls
they, too, look dingy.
Any suggestions, please - for cleaning, as well as for future maintenance
of the bellpulls? TIA
>Ty soaking the piece in warm water with a little wool lite.
NEVER, NERVER, NEVER use Woolite. Might as well use bleach! Use Orvus
wash to wash your needlework with. Others will agree, I'm usre.
JoAnn (she who's not quite awake yet)
Love is all you need.
Jancie Love recommends Orvus for washing most of your needlework.... In
her book, Linen and Lace, she also recommends the following recipe for
badly stained items and attributes it to the Valentine Museum (Richmond,
VA) via Marion Scoular.
2T Ivory Snow ® and 1T Snowy Bleach ®. Add to 1 gal tepid water. May be
soaked in this solution for up to 3 weeks.
I have not tried this with pieces that have been stitched with colored
threads/yarns other than ecru or white. The ecru pieces that I washed in
this manner remained ecru - they did not "bleach" out to white.
Perhaps others may have tried this recipe and can share some thoughts?
Dancing Needle Designs
"When she told me I was average, she was just being mean."
I'm sure you'll hear this from lots of folks, but my advice is:
try soaking them in Orvus. If this doesn't help, an old remedy
for whitening linens is to rinse in lemon juice and set in the sun
to bleach. (Never tried it, don't know if it would harm fabric,
but "old wives" used to do it). Don't know what to say about
maintenance of bellpulls. I just hang mine on the wall.
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