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Old 03-14-2018, 12:00 AM
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Default How to Clean a Pennant?

I recently purchased the pennant below which is quite dirty. How would I go about cleaning it? Thanks guys!
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Dry cleaner?
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:45 AM
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Lots of info on bleaching as an option in this thread around post # 1019 and after.

http://www.net54baseball.com/showthr...Bleach&page=13

I'd love to hear your process. I have some white pennants from the late 60's and early 70's that I want to clean up.

“Been experimenting with OxiClean (of Billy Mays fame) and thus far the results have been humorous. If you want to know how to turn a 1950's travel pennant into a completely blank pennant PM me. “

Hoping to have some time over the long weekend to experiment some more.
I use painters tape to tape off the colored border. Spray with straight bleach from a spray bottle. The pennant will be white in a matter of minutes. Then spray copiously with straight water. The one with the batter and ball also looked like hell when I got it.”
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Lots of info on bleaching as an option in this thread around post # 1019 and after.


I use painters tape to tape off the colored border. Spray with straight bleach from a spray bottle. The pennant will be white in a matter of minutes. Then spray copiously with straight water. The one with the batter and ball also looked like hell when I got it.”
Thst may have been me that was quoted. I was always a huge proponent of bleaching and had many successes......until I totally ruined a pretty valuable pennant . The ruined pennant had red ink/paint that bled into everything. I will for sure never bleach another pennant that has red ink and my bad experience may have scared me off for good.
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Ive used SHOUT, a tooth brush, and warm water and its worked like wonders

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I'd love to hear more stories about cleaning pennants and the do's and don'ts as I have an old Saginaw Gears pennant that is filthy. I'd really like to clean it up if there are good ways to do it without harming the thing. It's supposed to be white by the way.

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I may actually try the Shout, warm water & Toothbrush method & see if it works on one of my pennants.

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The experiment here has started.

1) Started with oxyclean and some light rubbing. Absolutely no results.

2) Moved to shout and the toothbrush - no bueno either!

3) Onto a bleach/water solution in the sink. The pennant has been sitting for about an hour and so far, so good. No color bleed and the results are terrific. I'm probably going to let it sit for another hour or 2 before taking it out to lay flat and dry.

Only mistake I've made so far is that I did not snap a good before photo. Needless to say, the pennant was MUCH worse than the picture above showed. In fact, it was so bad, I decided that I'd give the bleach a try because I viewed the pennant as being a lost cause in its condition anyway.
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The experiment here has started.

1) Started with oxyclean and some light rubbing. Absolutely no results.

2) Moved to shout and the toothbrush - no bueno either!

3) Onto a bleach/water solution in the sink. The pennant has been sitting for about an hour and so far, so good. No color bleed and the results are terrific. I'm probably going to let it sit for another hour or 2 before taking it out to lay flat and dry.

Only mistake I've made so far is that I did not snap a good before photo. Needless to say, the pennant was MUCH worse than the picture above showed. In fact, it was so bad, I decided that I'd give the bleach a try because I viewed the pennant as being a lost cause in its condition anyway.
Awesome! As I said, I've had great results with bleach.....right up until I had a disaster.
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Bleach has been hit or miss for me depending on the age of the pennant. I experimented with a beat, white mid-70's Redskins pennant and it pretty much destroyed it without whitening it at all. Some older pennants have come out fantastic. All depends on the material....and I would avoid bleaching pre-1965 pennants with red paint.

The pennant pictured is modern enough that I don't think the red will be an issue. It would be more an issue of how the material responds to the bleach.

Let's see the after shot.
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