Tools: Restoration for a Handmade Tablecloth

In honor of Halloween, I have a scary story to tell about a ghoulishly stained tablecloth.  Deep in a dark corner of the basement (where there was recently spotted a very large black snake and is a well-known haunt of the abhorrent jumping camel cricket, are you scared yet?) I found this once beautiful tablecloth.  Brought back from a long ago trip to Venice, it's cream colored linen and handmade lace was stained and mottled with black and green mold.

The horror!
Bone-chillingly horrendous stains!
But, I heard of a product called Restoration that claims to extract stains from vintage textiles.  It was a bit pricey for what I thought was merely a gentle laundry detergent.  What I found out is that this powder has supernatural powers. I followed the directions on the container and had to repeat the application of my precious powder twice, but, at the risk of sounding like an info-mercial, the results were astounding.

It's a miracle!

 There is still one tiny ghost of a stain left from the large patch of black mold, but it's so small that I can only see it when it's inches from my face.

 I can't wait to use this to revive more of my stained treasures.


  1. Hi

    It is worth every penny you spent on that restoration, it is so beautiful tablecloth.

  2. I'm so happy it worked! I did repeat the experiment with a newer checked tablecloth that had an orange-juice spill turned to mildew stain (husband and kid left alone for a week - 'nuff said!), and the results were not that spectacular. Thankfully, I have quite a table-cloth collection!