How to Remove Age Spots From Antique Linens

by Jennifer Habersham

An age spot on antique linen often resembles a splotchy spot that is yellow or brown in color. If you recently purchased the linen from an antique store or were given one as an heirloom gift, don’t be surprised if you find these spots. Even when the best care is given, antique linens often become stained with these age spots. If left alone, the linen will start to corrode and you will be left with an item that is covered with holes.

Items you will need

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Linen cleaner
  • Long handled spoon
  • Vinegar
Step 1

Fill the 5 gallon bucket with hot water. If your linens are quite large or you have many, use several buckets or your bathtub.

Step 2

Add your linen cleaner according to package directions. Mix the ingredients well. The end result will be a water that looks cloudy or resembles skim milk.

Step 3

Add the antique linens to the bucket and swish the fabric around with your long-handled spoon. Leave the linens in the mixture for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Remove the linens and rinse out the bucket. Refill the bucket with warm water and add 1 cup of vinegar.

Step 5

Add the antique linens to the vinegar mixture. Let them set for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the linens from the water and rinse with hot water. Gently wring out any excess moisture and air dry. If you find that you still have age spots, repeat the process.

Tips

  • Use cleaner that is meant for linen and doilies.

Photo Credits

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