How many items can I bleach with one container of Mama's Miracle?
It's hard to say, but this product goes a very long way. All you need is enough solution to cover the items completely, so small items such as collars, gloves, or baby clothes take less than large items such as tablecloths or sheets. Using 1 tablespoon of the powder for every 2 quarts of water, you should be able to bleach as many as 50 small loads with the 16 oz. jar. Also, when you remove items from the solution, you may add other items to replace them.
Why must I use boiling water?
The heat of boiling water activates Mama's Miracle Linen Soak so it can do its work. Stir the powder into boiling water until it dissolves [See Instructions in How To Use], letting the solution cool slightly before adding your fabric. If you need a large container, measure out enough water to cover the fabric but boil only a portion of that water; dissolving enough powder for the whole amount in it before mixing the two portions together.
Why didn't all of the stains come out?
Old stains on textiles are often a mystery. What is the stain? Is it oil-based or water-based? How long has it been there? Has someone already tried another product to remove it? Has someone set the stain by putting the item in the dryer? Who knows! If the problem is still there after soaking for a day or two, you can always repeat the process with fresh solution. Although Mama's Miracle Linen Soak does eliminate the vast majority of stains, some may never come out. When the fabric dries, they will usually be far less noticeable. And finally, if the linens mean a lot to you for sentimental reasons, try to accept that they are showing their age and love them anyway!
Is Mama's Miracle safe for heirloom baby clothes?
As long as the fabric is intact, then christening gowns, baby blankets, and other heirloom garments may be safely soaked. Mama's Miracle removes even old stains and discoloration, eliminating the dingy color and musty smell that stored clothing sometimes develops. Soaking often restores fine batiste, linen, organdy, and cotton to its original whiteness. Silk garments are especially delicate. For washable silk, it may be best to use a weaker solution and soak longer; try using 1 tablespoon of powder per gallon of water. If that doesn't work in about 24 hours, add another tablespoon.
Will this product also work on newer fabrics?
Yes, Mama's Miracle Linen Soak is gentle enough to use on any water-washable fabric, including high thread-count sheets, table linens, lingerie, clothing, or anything else requiring special care. Simply follow the instructions in How To Use to remove stains, and then wash as directed on the product tag.
What if my fabric is torn or frayed?
Delicate-looking lace and other trims, surprisingly, hold up better than fabric. Changing temperatures, humidity, or exposure to the sun can weaken textile fibers over time. Dry rot caused by poor storage conditions even causes fabric to shred. Thin cotton batiste (left, in an Edwardian dress) and silk are especially prone to this damage. Tiny holes (right) usually won't enlarge if you leave them alone, but larger tears or holes indicate that the fibers are very weak. Do not try to remove stains from badly damaged fabric—it rarely has a good outcome. If the trim is still intact, then cut it off of the damaged item, remove stains if necessary, and use it to trim something else. "Cutter" is the term applied to items that are already damaged, meaning that some parts are salvageable but must be cut off from the damaged portion in order to be used.
What is the difference between this product and commercial stain removers or bleaches?
Unlike commercial bleaches and powdered oxygen-type stain removers, Mama's Miracle Linen Soak is gentle enough for treasured heirlooms. Those stronger products may remove discoloration but they will also damage the fibers and eventually ruin the fabric. Soaking in Mama's Miracle does take more time, but your fine linens will stay in good shape—so you can enjoy them and then pass along to another generation.
Where can I buy this locally?
Although it is a time-tested formula, Mama's Miracle Linen Soak is a new product that has only recently been offered to the public. It will take a while to develop an extensive network of stores that carry it, but we invite your suggestions. In the meantime, you can buy it on this website using our easy Shopping Cart feature.
How can I find out more about my own vintage linens?
We are adding a feature called Ask the Expert to our Blog. Every so often we will talk with someone who knows a lot about linens. We're hoping to find collectors, antiques dealers, and museum curators willing to share their special tips, such as identifying types of lace, determining age, repairing damage, and taking care of fine textiles. If you'd like to recommend someone, please let us know.
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