Post # 1
Anybody have experience washing a vintage veil?
My mom showed me my great-grand mother’s veil which is 10 feet long.
Our chuppah is 8ftx8ft and this veil will be a perfect covering.
I took it out of the bag, my mom and I weren’t sure of the condition. But with the exception of smelling like moth balls, feeling a little grimy, and being yellow, it is in perfect condition.
Also, if it turns out that is it ivory and not white, do you think that will look funny in pictures with my dress being white?
Post # 3
I used my mom’s veil that was about 30 years old and it totally had that same mothball smell when we first looked at it! LOL. I didn’t want to risk damaging it so I just soaked in in the bathtub a few times to get some of the grime and dirt off of it, then I steamed it. The smell went away and it was pretty much clean. Although in my case my dress was ivory and the veil was more white so I was ok with it not being 100% clean and stark white.
ETA: The difference in colour between my veil and dress didn’t look bad at all, it actually helped the veil to stand out a bit and not blend into the back of my dress too much (which would have hidden some of the pretty details on it)
Post # 4
@Pink Asawa: good to know.
i am estimating that the veil is at least 100 years old.
i am not wearing it, we are using it at the chuppah covering.
Post # 5
@ajillity81: oops I must have read over that part about it being used on the chuppah, sorry!
In that case it really doesn’t matter if the colour is off from your dress a bit, and you probably wouldn’t even have to steam it to get the wrinkles out as I doubt it will be noticeable from the way you hang it. Even at 100 years old, I would think just putting it in some lukewarm water to get some grime off should be ok.
Post # 6
I used to soak vintage dresses in warm water and oxy clean. Gentle, but effective in removing smells and yellow-ness.
Post # 7
@Pink Asawa: i didn’t want the white and ivory to contrast too much in pictures but hopefully it will look ok. as you say, you will barely see it.
@vorpalette: thanks. i will try a small corner first. before i do the whole thing.