Sparkly Clean: How To

You’ve found an rare vintage find at a flea market. And it’s dirty. And kind of gross. How do you clean these fragile items without ruining anything?

Here are a few of my go-to’s:

For suitcases:
I use only a cloth with hot water and a bit of dish soap. This usually takes off all the streaks on the outside. The fabric is the tricky part. I don’t recommend using anything any harsher than this, so just take your time and practice your patience.

Once that’s done, leave the suitcase open to air out and then add a lavender sack (I made mine out of nylon) to give it a fresh scent.

For wood:
Lemon oil & a very fine steel wool. Use the steel wool to very gently dust away any dirt or grime. From there use a clean, smooth cloth to oil the piece. You’ll be so pleased with the results!

For rust:
Depending on how bad the damage, you could use steel wool. If it’s a colored piece, rustoleum paint does a wonderful job at covering rust. But if it’s not something that can be painted, the rust removal will completely depend on how rusted the piece actually is. Surface rust can be removed with baking soda and water… and a little elbow strength. But if it’s really ingrained in the piece you  may need to use a grinder or simply let it be.

For old windows:
Be very careful when cleaning these old windows! For one, the paint that’s chipping is going to continue to chip regularly… so you’ll want to only go over the areas that really need it with a clean, dry cloth. Really tiny, light strokes should work great.

For the actual glass, use a cloth and windex like you would at home. Just make sure not to apply too much pressure. The glass may have marks that just won’t budge – but that’s all part of it’s charm! You’ll also want to be careful with leaded glass. If you break one piece, the whole window will have to be replaced.

I hope that helps! If you have any questions on a particular piece you would like to clean, just ask

Go Team Vintage!