cleaning vintage linens, cleaning tips, An antique linen dealer shared her secret with me over 25 years ago for cleaning vintage linens The first step was soaking in Biz a powdered detergent I soaked this crocheted tablecloth overnight in Biz Directions are on the box http://www.hometalk.com/2856409/cleaning-vintage-linens?utm_source=all&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=featured
Patina Everything! vinegar, white or apple cider salt, just regular old salt out of my shaker. For small items. I fill a quart yogurt container half full of vinegar, and sprinkle in some salt. (not measured, but guess 1 tsp.??) dump your keys, clips, hinges, watch parts, locks... any metal you want to 'age'. I leave them over night, just 'cause it is convenient. Seal if you touch items a lot
Naturally Repair Wood With Vinegar and Canola Oil. So, for a super cheap, use 3/4 cup of oil, add 1/4 cup vinegar. white or apple cider vinegar, mix it in a jar, then rub it into the wood. You don’t need to wipe it off; the wood just soaks it in.
ONLY use this and it leaves floor spotless. (Heavy duty floor cleaner recipe: ¼ cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap ¼ cup baking soda 2 gallons tap water, very warm.) It leaves everything smelling amazing.
How to clean hardware - Boil them for twenty minutes in solution of water, 1 cup vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. This treatment will get rid of any old crud on them and remove all those years of greasy fingerprints. (thank you Martha Stewart for this trick- If you try it, you will NEVER want to touch an old door knob again. They are NASTY). These guys went from black and sticky to shiny and sterile.
"Rub N’ Buff is a waxy metallic finish that comes in several golden shades such as Gold Leaf (depicted), but also look for Antique Gold and European Gold. Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ is the best metallic gold spray paint I’ve found to date to mimic brass or give you a warm golden glow on your hardware." - info on cleaning brass with brasso, lemon/salt