Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. I had another [mostly] shopping free three days. My sweet daughter attended her Junior-Senior Banquet on Friday, so we spent part of the day getting ready. (Look for a sneak peak in a photo at the end of the post.) Saturday I drove out to my antique booth and conducted a major overhaul. I moved in a large metal-topped, vintage table and that required a lot of rearranging in my relatively small space. But today I’m going to share a little secret about how to remove scorch marks from fabric, especially old fabric, which often seems to scorch very easily.
I know many people now-a-days don’t do much ironing. In fact, when we remodeled our master bath, I considered taking out our ironing board altogether, but in the end, we built it into the wall, so it would at least take up less space.
Linens are not one of my biggest sellers, but I still buy them fairly frequently if they’re priced low and in good shape. I try to avoid ironing them if at all possible, because I’ve been known to scorch them
on occasion pretty regularly. I think vintage linens, especially fine ones, cannot withstand high temps like modern fabrics can. For this post, I purposely scorched a piece of a vintage towel that I had cut up for rags because of its poor condition. So, are you ready for the secret to fixing a scorch? Drumroll please…
Simple, household hydrogen peroxide. Crazy right?
Pour a little directly onto the scorch mark, being sure to douse the brown “stain” entirely.
Then iron over it, back and forth, carefully, until the peroxide has dried completely and your scorch is gone–like magic!
It can even remove, or at least partially remove, old scorch marks you might find on some pieces that you pick up at sales. See the brown mark on this vintage apron? I had no way of knowing if it was actually a scorch mark, but I thought I’d give it the peroxide treatment and see if that might help.
And while the mark didn’t disappear, it has been lightened to the point that when wearing the apron, you don’t notice the spot at all. Give it a try next time you find (or happen to create) a scorch mark and let me know how it goes–
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Here’s the photo I promised. My sweet daughter is in the green dress. Beautiful, right?
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