How To Remove Yellow From Old Polyester Curtains
Old polyester tends to yellow with age and repeated laundering. There’s a simple way to remove the yellow from your old polyester curtains and it doesn’t involve any scrubbing or hard work. Follow the simple instructions below and your old yellowed curtains will soon look fresh and new.
Things You Will Need
- Laundry tub or other large container
- Electric dish washing detergent
- Empty bucket
- Laundry soap
Fill a laundry tub or other container with about 4 to 5 gallons of hot water.
Dissolve ½ cup of electric dish washing detergent into the hot water. Stir well until dissolved.
Place curtains into the mixture, pushing down so that they are completely submerged. Allow them to soak for 8 to 24 hours, depending on how yellow they are.
Remove the curtains to an empty bucket. It is not necessary to wring them out. Bring the bucket to the laundry room.
Fill your washing machine with hot water, adding laundry detergent and chlorine bleach according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Add the curtains to the machine and launder as usual.
Do not use products containing ammonia with chlorine bleach; the combination produces a toxic gas that can cause permanent lung damage.
- Do not use products containing ammonia with chlorine bleach; the combination produces a toxic gas that can cause permanent lung damage.
Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.