(Closed) Can a Belgian lace veil tea-dyed in the early 90s be turned white again?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The best I can think of is to try to clean it with oxy clean, but I can’t imagine it would get to pure white again. Good luck!

Post # 4
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try rubbing a small area with white vinegar. If that doesn’t work you can try soaking it overnight in a dish soap solution of 1 tsp of dishsoap (colorless) in a cup of water. Then launder it as usual. If that doesn’t work try OxyClean.

Or take it into a professional cleaner and have them take a look at it. NEVER use bleach though (I’ve learned that the hard way).

Post # 5
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can probably get it whiter, although getting it pure white is probably not possible. My mom successfully restored several antique doll clothes using a method recommended to her by an antique dealer. Mix up some warm water and a heaping scoop of enzyme laundry detergent (check the box to make sure it says it contains enzymes) and some oxy-clean in a plastic bucket. Soak the veil overnight, stirring every few hours to make sure it is completely immersed. The next day, rinse very well in warm water and lay flat to dry.

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