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Title: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Marga - Sewing Chanel-Style on June 07, 2019, 05:46:42 AM
I recently bought vintage fabric for a Chanel Inspired jacket but it was a big dissappointed.  Instead of being very happy with my treasure  :fabric:, the smell is killing me.  :S
Anybody tips to get the 'old, dirty, dust, deprecated and stuffy' smell out of it?  Intensive washing is not an option.  The bouclĂ© woolen fabrics, I mostly use, are very delicate.

Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Iminei on June 07, 2019, 06:30:56 AM
I was given some old quilting fabric (by my (ex) mil) which had that old musty smell ...
I found that it simply being out in warm air got rid of it after a while ... Dont know if this will help you but ???
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: snoozi soozi on June 07, 2019, 08:03:58 AM
Eeuww, stinky fabric. I would suggest a good airing in fresh air, or perhaps dry-cleaning? Surely even the most delicate of fabrics can be dry-cleaned.....
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: SewRuthieSews on June 07, 2019, 08:13:59 AM
I was going to suggest fresh air as well. Perhaps peg it to an airer and put that in the garden.
If you've got a way to protect it (car port, gazebo, sunshade) maybe leave it out for several days

I've heard that wrapping/stuffing with newspaper can help, as can drier sheets but they didn't make any difference to a leather handbag I had which smelled of cigarette smoke. I gave it away in the end as I couldn't bear the smell.
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: wrenkins on June 07, 2019, 08:38:56 AM
If you can obtain some activated charcoal which is often used as a food additive/food supplement it can be used to cleanse and de-smell anything! (It's also used for drug overdoses because it absorbs everything).
It can be expensive because it's trendy at the moment but if you can find a source to get it cheap it might be worth it. Ask your pharmacist if he/she could order you some low grade stuff.
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Greybird on June 07, 2019, 08:44:04 AM
I've found that although fresh air helps, it doesn't get rid of deeply ingrained mustiness. Washing or dry cleaning is the only option. That said, if the smell is of mothballs, even dry cleaning doesn't work. I haven't found a way round that one yet. If the fabric is too fragile even for dry cleaning, it isn't going to be practical to use it.
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Holly Berry on June 07, 2019, 13:32:01 PM
My friend who used to make curtains professionally, says that curtains should never be washed, but instead hung out on a frosty day.

Perhaps try putting in a freezer for a while then hang out to try and replicate the frosty day. Worth a try.
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Catllar on June 07, 2019, 23:23:45 PM
I keep my fridge smelling nice with a small bowl of bicarb, so wondering if locking your fabric in a bag with a good sprinkle of bicarb  for a few days might help?
Title: Re: The smell of vintage fabric... tips please
Post by: Roger on June 08, 2019, 11:15:18 AM
Dancers often spritz costumes with vodka to remove unpleasant smells form performing environments - smoke, sweat etc.
Envii Kit fresh - I was very surprised by this one - I used it on a jacket I like to run in but cant wash, and it slayed all the wiffs!

Good luck :)