How to Remove Yellow From an Aged Christening Dress
By Sarah Emerald, eHow Contributor
Using a solution of hydrogen peroxide to rinse your vintage christening dress will help remove the yellowing without damaging the fabric. Yellowing weakens fabric, so handle your dress with care and avoid placing in the washing machine or dry-cleaning it. Once the yellow is gone, prevent it from returning by storing the dress in a dark, dry area away from daily sunlight or moisture. Wrap the dress in acid-free tissue paper to further protect it and keep it safe until the next generation is ready to use it.
1 Fill the kitchen sink with warm water. Add 2 cups hydrogen peroxide. You can find peroxide at a drugstore.
2 Stir the water and peroxide with a wooden spoon to blend, and then immerse the dress in the sink.
3 Use the wooden spoon to press all portions of the dress under the water. Soak for a minimum of one hour.
4 Drain the sink. Press the dress gently against the side of the sink to remove as much water as possible.
5 Wrap the dress in a white towel to absorb more water. Hang the dress on a clothesline using clothespins. Hang the dress in direct, bright sunlight and leave it there to dry. Remove the dress and store or use as desired.
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