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lindydiva
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lindydiva

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PostSubject: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeFri Jan 18, 2008 10:41 am

I like to use real napkins and tablecloths, but modern laundries don't have a clue; they set the stains right in, and don't know from starch. Rolling Eyes

So...every few months I have a hand laundry marathon, as follows:

*mend
*pre-treat
*soak similar colors/fabrics together
*keep scrubbing at stains, etc.
*rinse well with plain water, then vinegar water, then scented water
*wring out
*dip into a solution of starch, wring out, and hang to dry (this in the bathroom, we are in a 3rd floor walk-up)

When dry, I sprinkle with a mixture of rosewater & plain water, roll tightly, and put into plastic bags. The bags go into the fridge for at least an hour, usually a day.

Next: ironing. Lots of it, using one of my vintage irons & a spray bottle. They're hung folded, hung to dry & cool completely, and put away.
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SusieQT
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeSat Jan 19, 2008 6:48 pm

Sounds familiar! I have a fair amount of printed cotton tablecloths and napkins that just make me smile everytime I get them out. I haven't used my good tableclothes and napkins much these days, tho, with a toddler. I find that they stay clean for about 20 minutes, or until we sit down to eat. Very Happy I've been thinking about other ways to display them, like draped on the shelves of my china cabinet. I have tons of vintage bed linens also- those are a little easier to maintain.
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Kittenwithawhip
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeMon Jan 21, 2008 2:19 am

Why do you put them in the fridge?
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeMon Jan 21, 2008 8:16 am

Another way to display them is to set up a "clothesline" and hang them with clothes pegs!

I've seen this in a few magazines and can't believe how cute it really looks. I was surprised.
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeMon Jan 21, 2008 9:58 am

Kittenwithawhip wrote:
Why do you put them in the fridge?

It keeps them from getting mildewed, if I have to wait a day or two before they're ironed.
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeMon Jan 21, 2008 11:12 am

OH! Okay, that's reasonable.
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeMon Jan 21, 2008 6:31 pm

I also do that, or if I won't get to iron them for more than a few days I put them in a zippered plastic bag (the kind that comes with a comforter) and put them in the freezer. Obviously you have to let them thaw before you iron, or you could literally break the fabric.
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Linens   Vintage Linens Icon_minitimeWed Apr 29, 2009 2:40 am

This is all easier now, that we've got the house, and a washer.

The vintage stuff I air dry, and the new ones go into the dryer.
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