I was hoping one of you may be able to help Vintage Indie reader Patti M. with her vintage tablecloth cleaning question.
image from Etsy shop extrasprinkles
Patti writes, " I was wondering if you might be able to offer some advice or suggestions to remove bleeding stains that occurred after washing a vintage tablecloth. This tablecloth is so precious to me and my sisters that I am very upset. My parents are both deceased. When going through "the hope chest" we discovered a beautiful silk (I think) embroidered tablecloth that we are pretty sure my father brought home from WWII . We had never seen this gorgeous piece of linen. I suspect my Mom thought it was too nice to use.
I decided we need to enjoy this piece so used it for our Thanksgiving meal . I washed it in cold water on delicate cycle only to have the wine color from the embroidery thread turn the beige background pink. I immediately ran it through the delicate cycle again with no detergent this time. No improvement noted on the bleeding. I hung it outside and am searching for a solution."
Thanks everyone, I hope we can help Patti!
I should have read a little more into this, it was fabric bleeding!