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If you are like me and love vintage, you'll agree that we take so much time finding our treasures that we want to keep them nice once we get them home!

How you clean them largely depends on what material they are made of. Here are some tips on caring for some of your much loved vintage items.

Step 1- Brush hats with a hat brush (available at most hat stores). To remove blemishes from a felt hat, hold it over a steaming teakettle and brush the areas you wish to clean.

Step 2- Dry clean silk scarves or hand-wash in warm water with a mild detergent.

Step 3- Clean all leather accessories (such as purses and belts) with a leather cleaner and conditioner. Use a suede cleaner for suede, not a leather cleaner.

Step 4- Tapestry and petit point purses should be cleaned with dry suds only. Put 1/8 cup mild detergent in two cups of water and beat with a whisk or beater until suds form. Using a toothbrush or clean sponge, spread suds only onto purse. Wipe with a damp sponge.

Step 5- Fabric purses should be blotted clean with a clean cloth and cold water. Blot, do not rub.

Step 6- Hand wash gloves in a mild detergent such as Woolite in cool water.

Step 7- To whiten vintage lace collars, put them in a solution of 2/3 cup white vinegar to two cups cool water and soak for about an hour. Rinse in cool water and lay flat to dry, preferably in a sunny area.

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