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Got a cherished hand-me-down or op shop find you need to get up to scratch?

We’ve outline the rules of the game when it comes to cleaning antique clothing.

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The safest way to clean fragile garments
The safest way to clean fragile garments
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The safest way to clean fragile garments is to give them a sponge bath.

But before you start, fix any tears in the fabric – otherwise the stress of cleaning will make matters worse.

Then mix a squirt of mild detergent in 4 litres of water and dab the solution on gently with a sponge.

Rinse by sponging on clean water.

Try not to get the garment sopping wet.

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