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Thread: how do I wash these?

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    Super Member Celeste's Avatar
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    I have two small unbound quilts - about doll size, that I had put in our storage area and somehow they ended up on the floor where mice have trampled on them. I know because of the droppings that were on them. I shook all that off and they look fine otherwise, but they should be cleaned before I bind them.

    Also, they've bitten into some bags of batting. Tiny spots that are dirty. I guess I'll just have to wash them. I do like them shrinking after quilting, but there you are.

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    I am so sorry!!! :(:(:(
    I would let them soak and be very careful handling them while rinsing. Lay them out flat to dry. You also may want to block them.
    I wonder if you should use an antibacterial soap on them, as mice droppings are pretty unsanitary.

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    I nice long soak was what I was thinking too. Maybe agitate gently with your hands.

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    Just for insurance, I'd zigzag the outer edges of the quilt tops before washing. Had you started quilting them before putting away?

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    Oh yes, definitely do a zig-zag around the tops before you wash. I've never washed batting before using so I don't have any advice about them....I know on some bags of batting, they do have pre-wash instructions...

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    Geez I HATE when that happens!!! and stains from rodent "leavings" are almost impossible to get out. Don't ask how I know. Next time you have to store that stuff, scatter dryer sheets around with it.. mice and bugs HATE those.

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    Thanks all for your help and sympathy!

    Yes, it's already (hand) quilted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Maybe agitate gently with your hands.
    I knew I had to get my hands involved! (yuck) Good thing there are such things as rubber gloves. :lol:

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    If it's are already quilted, why don't you add the binding and then soak the whole quilty in a Woolite or the quilt-specific soap water? You'll have to rinse and repeat anyway, so it won't matter if you finish it first.

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    That sounds like the best suggestion yet!!! :D:D:D

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