I have some Hardanger pieces that I made about 30 years ago that somehow got soiled.  (No telling what got on them--I had them in plastic bags.)  In addition, I put masking tape around the edges to keep the aida cloth from raveling during stitching, and that has also left a residue.  (I could cut that part off if I have to.)  They are made with pearl cotton on cotton aida.  Any recommendations on cleaning them?

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never store lace pieces in plastic, you have to store them covered with yarn fabric, preferably vegetable, linen for example. It has to be a dry place, that is not too hot or cold or hot. To wash it, I advise you to wash it with water only and then stretch it well and let it dry in the sun. Here we usually call it a bath in the sun. You leave it in the sun for two hours and then you wet it again with water, stretch it well and let it dry permanently in the sun. It stays very very white.

Orvus is a soap (paste) that is used to clean sheep as well as quilts and embroidery.  The paste is dissolved in water and then the item can be soaked.  Rinse all of the soap out until the rinse water is "so clean you could drink it".  You can soak for long periods of time.  You can repeat the soaking process 

I would cut off as much masking tape residue as possible.  

There are traditional methods that can be used to remove stains if you know the type of fabric and stain.  A friend had a large piece of needlework that was flooded when it was nearly done.  She was able to wash the flood water out of the piece, but there were spots of rust where the needlework was tacked to stretcher bars that did not come out.  I applied lemon juice to the spots and gave it a "bath in the sun" and then washed it again and was able to "bleach" nearly all of the rust out so that the friend could finish and enjoy her needlework.  

Archival boxes are available for storing lace, needlework, ....  Items can be wrapped in acid free tissue paper.  

I know better now not to put them in plastic, but I didn't then.  I was just trying to keep them clean and dry.  Just today I found a source for acid-free tissue paper.  I will be using that and archival boxes from now on.

Sally, I will look for that Orvus paste.  The lemon juice is another good idea.  Thankfully, the masking tape "border" is only about 1/4" wide (I folded the tape in half over the edges).

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