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Thread: Help! Hairball Horror!!

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    Last weekend, I was MQ my niece's black and white wedding quilt when my daughter fell ill enough to go to the hospital. During that time, our cat yacked all over the pieced top! She did a good job of it too. Of course, the 5 day stay means the whites are likely to be stained.

    What do I do? The squares are all hand quilted (quilt-shop hop top) to highlight the pattern with machine stitching in the black sashing to make it sturdy. I can vacuum up the big chunks but can't wash it...

    Suggestions? I just wanted to cry after the discovery.

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    Maybe you can take it to the dry cleaners and ask the experts how to get the stains out.
    What a disaster. I am so sorry to hear what happened.

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    Can you use something like the "Tide to Go" pens or a bleach pen (controlling the bleach movement)? Or some kind of spot remover - like a carpet or furniture spot remover?

    That's assuming you don't ever plan to machine wash the quilt.

    If it were me, I would use the spot remover, then grab the Woolite and hand wash the quilt in the bathtub and lay it on a tablecloth to dry flat, if your washing machine and dryer can't handle that size quilt.

    Let us know how it turns out, either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    Last weekend, I was MQ my niece's black and white wedding quilt when my daughter fell ill enough to go to the hospital. During that time, our cat yacked all over the pieced top! She did a good job of it too. Of course, the 5 day stay means the whites are likely to be stained.

    What do I do? The squares are all hand quilted (quilt-shop hop top) to highlight the pattern with machine stitching in the black sashing to make it sturdy. I can vacuum up the big chunks but can't wash it...

    Suggestions? I just wanted to cry after the discovery.
    I think you're going to have to vacuum up the chunks, finish the quilt and then wash it. May have to pretreat it with something to get the stains out. I'm praying for you though, some pet food stains just don't come out. Keep me posted. We just love our furbabies don't we?

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    Amma has been recommending something called Awesome on a few threads recently.
    http://www.awesome-cleaner.com/
    But she said it's also available at the Dollar store. I haven't yet tried it but a few here have for other disasters and raved about the results.

    Note to self: Stop at Dollar Tree tomorrow

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    remove the pieces of whatever and then try Goo begone. It has taken out alot of stuff on our clothes. We live on a dairy farm and don't have many stains. !

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    That's exactly what my husband said! I think it's my only option because washing it the usual way is a no-go. My Pet-Oxy will be getting a work-out once it's done. Pray no stains stay!

    And yes, we do love all of our furballs. My daughter's cat, Edgar, was so happy to see her he didn't leave her side at all last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Amma has been recommending something called Awesome on a few threads recently.
    http://www.awesome-cleaner.com/
    But she said it's also available at the Dollar store. I haven't yet tried it but a few here have for other disasters and raved about the results.

    Note to self: Stop at Dollar Tree tomorrow
    My cat recently stained my carpet. I used AWESOME. Need to let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. Has taken many stains off of my clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    That's exactly what my husband said! I think it's my only option because washing it the usual way is a no-go. My Pet-Oxy will be getting a work-out once it's done. Pray no stains stay!

    And yes, we do love all of our furballs. My daughter's cat, Edgar, was so happy to see her he didn't leave her side at all last night.
    hope all goes well.

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    My cat yacked all over the baby quilt I was hand quilting for my first daughter (which I had started four years before even concieving) I cleaned the big bits off, but haven't had the nerve to do anything else because it too is not completely quilted. I will try some of these recommendations myself...and silently send out a prayer for your quilt while I am at it!!!!

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