Everything Old Is New Again

Since vintage clothes are one of a kind pieces, is important to know how to take care of them, repair them, and alter them to fit properly so that you get the most out of your treasures.  Part of caring for vintage will probably entail some stain and/ or odor removal at some point. The stain or scent may be your own or a left over memory from its past life and past owner(s). In either case, great care should be taken in removing stains. There are many gentle, DIY methods of removing stains that will not inflict the same amount of damage as a modern chemical based stain remover might. Not only are at home stain removal methods friendly to your vintage and the environment, they are friendly to your wallet too.  Since vintage clothing will most likely not have a “Dry clean only” tag or any care instructions attached like our clothes do today, you will have to use your digression when deciding how to clean your treasured vintage. Some pieces may be washed at home depending on their fiber content, age, structure and detailing using a very mild detergent, there are ones designed for baby clothes. For certain types of fabric or especially valuable piece, a professional cleaner may be necessary.  A general rule of thumb is if the item is made from two different types of fabric (e.g., a lining or facing), it should most likely be dry-cleaned.  Proper care will result in years of wear and ownership of your vintage treasures.

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