How to Wash Antique Lace: A Comprehensive Guide


Antique lace is a valuable possession that requires special care during cleaning to prevent damage and ensure its longevity. This guide provides a step-by-step process on how to wash antique lace effectively and safely.

Materials Needed:

  • Large basin or sink
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Cold water (not hot)
  • Clean sponge or cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Tarnished silver jewelry to remove before washing
  • Other accessories, such as buttons or hooks.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Remove any jewelry or accessories attached to the lace. If there are tarnished silver pieces, use a soft cloth to gently scrub them off and then rinse with cold water before moving on to the next step.
  2. Fill the basin with cold water and add a small amount of mild laundry detergent. Stir the mixture well and submerge the antique lace into the water.
  3. Gently agitate the lace using your hands or a soft-bristled brush, avoiding hard chemicals that may damage the fabric. Rinse thoroughly with cold water until it no longer smells soapy.
  4. Remove the antique lace from the basin and lay it flat on a towel to dry naturally. Avoid using a dryer or ironing immediately after cleaning.
  5. Once completely dry, iron lightly with a pressing cloth, being careful not to apply too much heat or pressure that may cause shrinkage or wrinkles.


Follow these simple steps to wash antique lace effectively and safely. Remember to handle the lace with care, as patience is key when cleaning delicate fabrics. With proper maintenance, your antique lace will continue to be a cherished family heirloom for generations.

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