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Apr 21, 2019 23:24:44   #
3rdcharmer
 
Hi. I knitted this baby dress 45 years ago (wool). It's now discoloured around the neck.

Can you give me advice on how I can remove the marks?

Thanks in advance


 
Apr 21, 2019 23:29:18   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Fibre? Different methods work for different fibres.

If not acrylic, it might be easier - for you and for the fabric - to dye it, thus camouflaging the discolouration at the neckline.
Apr 21, 2019 23:31:16   #
3rdcharmer
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
Fibre? Different methods work for different fibre.


It would be wool. I dont think acrylic was even available back then. LOL
Apr 21, 2019 23:35:23   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
3rdcharmer wrote:
It would be wool. I dont think acrylic was even available back then. LOL
45 years ago? At least in North America, acrylic was quite available.

Wool dyes well, except superwash wool, but I don't think superwash was available back then. Do you drink tea? If so, you could use your used teabags to dye it. Onion skins also work.

Can you tell that I'm not a great source for stain-removal guidance?
Apr 21, 2019 23:37:19   #
3rdcharmer
 
If i can't clean it im not sure what to do
Apr 21, 2019 23:46:12   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
3rdcharmer wrote:
It would be wool. I dont think acrylic was even available back then. LOL


Acrylic was formulated by Dupont in 1941. Availability to the public began around 1950 so yes it was available 45 years ago, which would have been 1974. I recall knitting with acrylic yarn in the 1960s.

A white acrylic sweater than my mother knit for my son in 1976 was packed away until 2002 when I dug it out for his daughter and discovered some staining on the collar. I got it out but darn if I can remember what I used. Whatever it was, came in a tube and said it was safe for all fabrics. It was a paste that I worked into the area with my fingers.

Though we haven't determined if this dress is made from acrylic yarn.
 
Apr 21, 2019 23:49:00   #
3rdcharmer
 
My daughter was born in 1973 so 46 years ago. She turns 46 in May.
Apr 21, 2019 23:49:32   #
CTSDSS5
 
Soak it in Oxyclean overnight or as long as it takes.
Apr 21, 2019 23:50:55   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
45 years ago? At least in North America, acrylic was quite available.

Wool dyes well, except superwash wool, but I don't think superwash was available back then. Do you drink tea? If so, you could use your used teabags to dye it. Onion skins also work.

Can you tell that I'm not a great source for stain-removal guidance?


Wait, wait the fiber needs to be identified first. Once that is done we can consult the carpet industry site for the best way to remove staining from that fiber. If it's wool, hydrogen peroxide works on most staind but the fiber needs to be determined first. Also there is a prescribed method for using hydrogen peroxide.

To the OP is there a cast on or cast off tail that can be accessed to snip off to do a burn test on?
Apr 22, 2019 00:03:12   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
 
I found this site on line on how to use vinegar for cleaning wool. I didn't watch the video, but scrolled down through the information. Here is the link. Hope it helps.

https://www.searchencrypt.com/search?eq=3ONze1O52Ilmn7mLbcbGk4Vx9frNl%2bXVlHrI%2fpgFyPQkGqAjfKf5oU3TrQlR92wN&ett=1
Apr 22, 2019 00:05:21   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
OK I'm back! Given the location of the stains and the color, it's likely baby formula stains. If the dress was never dried in a dryer, which would have set the stains then there is hope and no matter what the fiber is, these two methods have been suggested.

Soak in cold water for 30 minutes, then use a bit of heavy duty liquid laundry detergent with enough enzymes to break down the stains (Tide and Persil are considered heavy duty). Wash by hand, avoiding agatation in case the fiber is wool, rinse well, squeeze out excess water, roll in a towel then lay flat to dry...use only cold water, no heat. If the staining is still visible mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the baby items and allow them to soak for at least eight hours. Repeat the rinse process as outlined earlier. That should get rid of baby formula stains, no matter what the fiber content is.
 
Apr 22, 2019 01:38:41   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Lots of great advice, I'm not sure if we get those brands of products over here but have used "Napisan" to soak baby items as it's a none bleach formular it was safe on most fibers (please check) I saw an add for Oxi clean or something similar which shows it removes all sorts of stains (please check first)

I would try washing in the sink with a mild detergent first and see if that is enough, then try something else gradually

Good luck hope you find something that helps

Beautiful little dress, could you find the pattern and make a new dress if you can't remove the stain, I love these vintage patterns
Apr 22, 2019 02:44:48   #
Cookiecat (a regular here)
 
1974 or so? I started crocheting with acrylic back in 1969. Dazzleaire (loved that stuff!!) Stain removal, I'm no expert, but did use "Shout" to good effect on synthetics back then.
3rdcharmer wrote:
It would be wool. I dont think acrylic was even available back then. LOL
Apr 22, 2019 03:07:46   #
lexiemae (a regular here)
 
That is a beautiful dress & some good idea about stain removal.

Just a thought, could you knit a little collar or even buy one, to add to the neckline, depending on how far down the fron the stains run? something like these:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-collar
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-collar

Hope you succeed as , I for one, would love to see all of the dress!!
Apr 22, 2019 03:44:00   #
Nina Weddle Tullis (a regular here)
 
CTSDSS5 wrote:
Soak it in Oxyclean overnight or as long as it takes.
That is what I would do also. Do not put a color in with it. It may need a couple of days
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