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Getting stains out of old tablecloths..
I just purchased a 'lot' of tablecloths and napkins at an auction. They all seem to be either linen or cotton or a blend of those two fibers. As expected some of them have old stains on them - has to be food and wine stains. Does anyone have any advice of how to try to remove the stains - either what to try or what not to try? Everything is white and I suppose I can try to bleach them but I generally don't use bleach because I think it destroys fabric and since these are old I'm really reluctant to use bleach.
Any advice would be appreciated.