cross stitch cleaning

msdobbsieJune 26, 2010

I have an antique footstool with a cross stich nailed onto it. There is also some sort of thick padding under the cross stitch. I don't think I can remove the nails to work on the cross stitch alone to clean it. Do you think I can try to lightly wash it as is or will it get mildewy because of the padding under the cross stitch? If I were to put it in the sun to dry could that prevent the mildew issue? Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions

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I wouldn't try to wash it. You may end up with a worse mess than you have now. Dirt from the padding may work up into the cover.

Use the link to find out how to dry clean it with just soap suds. Try it on a inconspicuous place first if there is such a thing on a footstool. If the embroidery threads are old it may not be color fast. They may also be delicate.

If it were me I would just leave it alone. You might even lower the value of this antique by fooling with the cross stitch

Here is a link that might be useful: dry cleaning upholstry

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 2:42PM
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leaving it alone is certainly an easier option :)) Hadn't thought of the value--thanks for bringing that up.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 3:54PM
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Rub cornstarch in to the fabric and vacuum it out....very gently! Don't rub with the vacuum just suck out the cornstarch.
A lot of the soil will come out with the cornstarch.
Are you sure it's cross stitch and not needlepoint?

Linda c

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 8:24PM
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I know very little about this sort of thing, but I think you are correct. As I look at the little stitches, they are not x's. The cornstarch idea might be worth a try on the side or back first to see if it helps (the needlepoint seat part pops out of the wooden footstool). At least cornstarch is dry and might not risk getting mildewy with a liquid. thanks

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 7:41PM
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Just a thought here that could be a totally bad idea, so maybe others will advise--what about foam upholstery cleaner? Seems to me it would clean the surface without too much wetting.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 11:05AM
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