Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spot On. Spot Off!



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

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info - I've always wondered about this product since I still resort to the oxi-clean or biz soak. I think it's time for me to try something new!

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  2. Pretty good! I think that can make all the difference in the world esp for tablecloths etc!

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  3. Wasn't that 'win' a good one for you?! I love that it really did work well on that old stain and that you're now able to sell it!

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  4. Good results. I use oxi-clean too.

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  5. This is some serious stuff! I love vintage linens and them in my handmade pillows. I need to get some of this!
    Thanks for introducing it at my first Treasure Hunt Thursday.
    Hope to see you back.
    Rhonda

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  6. Thanx gal pal for the advice...looks like I might be making an investment in that soak...thanx for sharing...Tiff

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  7. How great! I need to get some and try it on some stubborn stains! ♥

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  8. This is indeed a great product, thanks for the review.

    Margo

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  9. That worked wonderful! and congratulations on winning it. BUT it was a WIN for the company too to receive new customers. LOVE the way they packaged it for you! Is it my imagination or did the colors in the threads of your scarf lighten in the soaking?
    Thank you for sharing,
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  10. Wow! What a difference. I've always wanted to try that product but never have. Now I will! ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Have a great weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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