Lace stains need removed quickly. Stains stick to the fibers of the lace permanently if the stain is left untreated for too long or washed and dried before treatment. Lace stiffened with starch or sugar discolors over time, according to the Victoria and Albert Museum website. Professional cleaners remove the starching chemicals to remove the stain. Washing some lace articles, like wedding veils, can damage the lace. Because the fibers in lace are so small, it's important to scrub at the stain gently.
Pour three to four drops of laundry detergent into a plastic tub.
Fill the plastic tub halfway with lukewarm water.
Hold the lace under running cold water to wet it. Locate the stain. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain.
Use your fingertips to gently rub the baking soda into the stain. Do not apply too much pressure.
Let the baking soda sit on the garment for five minutes. Rinse out the baking soda. It doesn't need to be completely rinsed.
Put the lace in the tub. Hand wash the lace. Rinse clean with water. If the stain still persists, repeat use of the baking soda.