How to Clean Antique Lace Curtains

What You'll Need
White towels
Non-chlorine bleach
White thread and needle
Bleached muslin
Ivory flakes

After searching for antique lace curtains, there is nothing worse than finding they are dirty or stained. Follow the simple steps below to effectively clean them.

Step 1: Protect the Lace

Place the curtains between two layers of muslin. Keep it all together by running a stitch around the edges.

Step 2: Soak your Muslin Package

Prepare the soap solution. Fill a basin with warm water and dissolve 1 cup of ivory flakes in it. Place the muslin in the water and push it into the water a few times to allow the solution to flow through the curtains. Turn the packet and repeat. Soak for at least a full day.

Step 3: Rinse Muslin

Invert a colander, and then lay your muslin packet over it. Rinse the lace curtains until the water runs clear.

Step 4: Remove and Dry

Remove the stitching and remove the lace. Look at the fibers to be sure they have not been damaged. If not damaged, continue. Lay out your curtains on a towel and let dry. If there are stains and the curtains are strong, soak in a bleach and water solution for several hours.

Step 5: Soak in Salt Bath

Dissolve 1 cup of salt in warm water and submerge lace curtains. Remove and dry on a towel without rinsing. Gently steam iron curtains and you are set.