A few weeks ago when Flea Market Style Magazine was promoting the release of its second issue, they sponsored several giveaways. I was fortunate enough to win my first and only blog giveaway, 2 bags of Vintage Textile Soak.
I was immediately drawn to the packaging. The soak itself was sealed in a plastic ziptop-type bag which had been slipped into a cloth bag made of sweet vintage-inspired material. The VTS label/instructions were tied onto the cloth bag with a pretty piece of matching ribbon.
I was very excited to win this particular giveaway for two reasons. I sell vintage linens in my booth and could use it to wash the linens before offering them for sale and if the product was indeed good, I could also sell the product itself.
I decided to try the soak on a vintage dresser scarf that had been in my booth for a while but had not sold because of an unsightly stain. I have no idea what type of stain this was because this scarf had been in a box lot of linens I had won at an auction.
Following the instructions on the label, I dissolved 3 tablespoons of soak in a gallon of tepid (lukewarm) water. It said to soak the linens for 4-24 hours.
Here’s what it looked like after soaking for 45 minutes:
After 4 hours:
After 24 hours:
After drying and pressing:
I’ve tried it on several linens since then and, though it doesn’t take out every single discoloration, I can say that it noticeably whitened yellowed linens and definitely improved any stain. I also found that it was not as harsh on my hands as another brand of fabric soak that I once tried.
I was impressed enough to place an order with the company and it is now available in my booth. In full disclosure, I was not paid to promote this item, but I wanted to tell you my results since you will see the Vintage Textile Soak ads on various blogs.
Here again is the before
And here’s the after
Maybe now I can sell the scarf!
I’ll be linking up to the following parties:
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Whassup Wednesday At Elements Interiors