How to remove stains from lace

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How to remove stains from lace
Lace needs gentle cleaning. (lace image by sparkia from

Lace stains need removed quickly. Stains stick to the fibres of the lace permanently if the stain is left untreated for too long or washed and dried before treatment. Lace stiffened with starch or sugar discolours over time, according to the Victoria and Albert Museum website. Professional cleaners remove the starching chemicals to remove the stain. Washing some lace articles, like wedding veils, can damage the lace. Because the fibres in lace are so small, it's important to scrub at the stain gently.

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Things you need

  • Plastic tub
  • Washing powder
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Pour three to four drops of washing powder into a plastic tub.

  2. 2

    Fill the plastic tub halfway with lukewarm water.

  3. 3

    Hold the lace under running cold water to wet it. Locate the stain. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain.

  4. 4

    Use your fingertips to gently rub the baking soda into the stain. Do not apply too much pressure.

  5. 5

    Let the baking soda sit on the garment for five minutes. Rinse out the baking soda. It doesn't need to be completely rinsed.

  6. 6

    Put the lace in the tub. Hand wash the lace. Rinse clean with water. If the stain still persists, repeat use of the baking soda.

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