The windows decorated with snow-white tulle give a special lightness, freshness and elegance to the dwelling. But, like all white fabrics, synthetic tulle accumulates pollution and rather quickly loses its glare. The sun’s rays "burn out" the structure of the fabric, penetrating the street dust pollution, the particles of kitchen soot and burning over time change the whiteness of the tulle to a dull grayish-yellow shade, soaked with cigarette smoke, if there are smokers among the households.
The most radical and impatient housewives are beginning to think about changing tulle curtains. But let’s avoid hasty purchases. The shine of tulle will surely return if you follow the time-tested tips that will teach you how to properly whiten your favorite tulle at home with folk remedies at minimal financial costs.
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Reveal the secrets of whitening
When a critical mass of dirt and patience neat mistress reaches the limit, the curtains are sent to the wash. But paralyzed permanent washing with tulle does not help to save the situation, but leads to the opposite result. The whiteness of the fabric is not restored, but, on the contrary, stubbornly acquires a smoky shade.
Bleach the tulle will help us or the means of industrial household chemicals, or folk ways of our mothers and grandmothers.
Modern chemical industry offers a great variety of bleach with bleaching, and additionally with a stain-removing effect.
When bleaching, follow the instructions for the purchased product and follow the rules of chemical protection. But remember that the frequent use of chemicals destroys the fibers of the fabric before the formation of holes.
Chemical bleach is added together with detergent to the machine tray or tulle is soaked separately for 20-30 minutes in the bleach after washing. Rinse thoroughly.
Home Bleach and How to Use It
All bleaching products are usually available in any home on hand. They are inexpensive, the method of application is simple, even for beginner housewives, the effort is minimal, and the result is white and shining.
It is very important that homemade bleach does not lead to allergic effects.
The genius of simplicity is confirmed by ordinary table salt, which perfectly removes pollution, without being an allergen. To whiten the tulle we need 3 tbsp. spoons of coarse grinding of non-iodized salt, which we mix with 10 liters of water and half a cup (by eye) of laundry detergent. We leave tulle in this solution ideally for the whole night or for at least 3 hours. After the time we erase either manually or in a washing machine, and carefully rinse several times.
A funny combination of “whiten with green paint” … Nevertheless, we are not joking, because the result is such that the tulle will turn out to be really snow-white, and even for very yellowed curtains.
Stir in 200 ml of water pharmacy Zelenka (brilliant green) the amount of 10 drops. You can add to enhance the effect of 2 tbsp. spoons of salt with top. We look in a couple of minutes if a precipitate has formed. If yes, then mix until completely dissolved to avoid the formation of green stains during bleaching. Pour the finished concentrate into a basin filled with water and rinse the tulle curtain for the final time. You can hold it for 5 minutes in the pelvis, occasionally turning it over. Having pulled out the tulle, we do not squeeze it, but hang it up and let it flow, and then dry it out until it is straight.
Pre-washed tulle immerse the whitening tank in which one blue cap is dissolved in 10 liters of water. Check the solution for the absence of sedimentary lumps that can cause stains on the fabric. Rinse the tulle alternately in blue, then in the water. When washing in the machine, add a blue cap in the rinse tray.
Ammonia and hydrogen peroxide
Excellent folk remedy, how to whiten sensitive nylon tulle and organza – ammonia, mixed with hydrogen peroxide. They are available at every pharmacy and are inexpensive. Depending on the availability of time, choose different methods of bleaching.
Express method. In the water above 50 degrees pour 1 tbsp. spoon of ammonia and 2 tbsp. spoons of hydrogen peroxide. Mix well with a spoon. Soak in it bleached fabric for half an hour, occasionally turning over. Then thoroughly rinsed. Without squeezing, hang out straightened tulle to dry.
Night method. We maintain tulle for bleaching the whole night in a solution of water and a bubble of ammonia. In the morning thoroughly rinsed and hung out to dry.
Bleaching with washing in an automatic machine. Add 20 ml of hydrogen peroxide solution to the tray for washing powder along with it. Set the washing mode "delicate".
We pre-wash the pre-washed hands or in the machine for rinsing in a basin with a mixture of 200-300 grams of starch and 10 liters of water. Leave the curtains for 5 hours, then hang them up without push-ups to dry. The advantage of starch is not only in its whitening properties, but also in giving relief forms to tulle.
Rub on a large grater briquette soap and pour it into a metal container with water. Let the mixture boil and remove from the stove. Cool the soapy solution by diluting it with slightly cool water to get a warm mixture. Soak the tulle in it for the night. In the morning wash the tulle and rinse thoroughly.
Whitening nylon curtains
Nylon tulle with all its structural strength requires a careful approach when washing and bleaching. It is extremely sensitive to chemicals, so it can not be washed with bleach.
Make sure that the water temperature during washing does not exceed 30 degrees, and the machine wash mode is carried out at 400 revolutions.
If you have stopped during the general cleaning before the problem of how to whiten tulle, then the best choice for this is soaking in salt solutions (one cup per 10-liter volume of water) or rinsing in an aqueous solution of green or blue. Bleaching with a solution of potassium permanganate works in the same way, in everyday life – manganese. Dilute potassium permanganate grains in a three-liter jar of water to obtain a slightly pink tone. Add half the briquette planed soap and stir until smooth and foam. Put the tulle in the solution for half an hour. Then we erase in the machine-machine in the mode "Hand wash" or "Delicate wash".
Whitening organza curtains
Organza tulle is very delicate, and therefore requires a careful approach when washing and bleaching. Do not heat water above 40 degrees for both processes. Soaking in zelenka, blue, salt or hydrogen peroxide with ammonia is suitable for bleaching.
Starch bleaching is considered the best for organza, giving it relief relief and a radiant white color.
After rinsing the tulle without unscrewing immediately hangs.
Whitening old lace curtains
Over the old and heavily yellowed tulle curtains will have to work a little longer to bleach them to the initial whiteness. Here it is necessary to combine several successive techniques:
- first – wash in the machine;
- boil boiling in a strong solution of soap;
- bleach by soaking in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia;
- rinse in saline;
- rinse in starch solution – in the end.
Whitening in the washing machine
To minimize the effort and with a lack of time it is possible to whiten the tulle in the washing machine. For this you need:
- pre-wash the tulle manually;
- before using the machine, make sure that the drum is clean and that there is no colored linen that was forgotten after the last cycle in order to avoid accidental dyeing;
- place the tulle in a special mesh bag to prevent deformation of the fabric;
- washable in “delicate” mode with a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees and a speed of 400.
- removing the curtain, thoroughly shake out the tulle outside the house to maximize the removal of dust particles, so that they are not absorbed into the fabric fibers;
- very dirty curtains before washing soak overnight in water with powder;
- Wash tulle should be at a water temperature not higher than 40 degrees, so that the yellowness does not penetrate forever into the fabric fibers;
- always wash curtains before bleaching;
- during hand washing, do not rub the fabric, but only slightly squeeze it overturning;
- relatively new tulle can be washed with the addition of store bleach;
- bleached curtains should not be twisted and wrung out by hand, including the spinning program of the washing machine. After removing the tulle from the pelvis, hang it so as to let it flow, and then hang it on the cornice in a semi-wet state. The folds are straightened under the weight of their own weight of tulle;
- when ironing, we use a slightly heated iron, so that synthetics under the influence of high temperatures again does not acquire yellowness;
We hope that traditional technologies based on the well-known home remedies for a long time will help you to whiten tulle at home and breathe new, dazzling white life into it, giving you a feeling of lightness and aesthetic pleasure.