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Thread: Mold in the quilt

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    I recently inherited an older quilt that has little mold spots showing. Does anybody happen to know of a way to remove them?? Thank you!

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    I never had any success removing old mold spots, and I tried a lot of different things -- many of which could prove damaging to an older quilt.

    Could you possibly cover the spots with some coordinating fabrics? Old quilts are often mended that way -- by hand appliqueing a coordinating fabric over a weak spot.

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    You could try soaking in in BIZ -- it's a stain remover/laundry detergent type product that's amazing.

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    Somebody had a post on here recently about baking soda and vinegar. I don't know if it would work on mold but it shouldn't be harmful, I wouldn't think. I'll look for the post.

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    I found a post dealing with stains. Actually, if you go up to serch then type in stains, several post from this forum come up.

    This is a quote from sy on one of the posts.

    Hi, A friend of mine deals in old quilts. She put Biz in cold water in a bathtub. Lets it soak over night then wrings them out by hand . Lets it dry naturally..then if the stain are not gone . She will try it one more time. if it will come out it usually does then .

    Hope this helps. :-) :-)

    Sorry, it's not the one about baking soda and vinegar.

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    Mould and mildew can often be removed by dabbing the spot with pure lemon juice and putting in sunlight (not on scorching days for hours) then rinse and put a little bi-carb in the rinse water.

    I would probably seek the advice of a fabric conservator at a museum or gallery if the quilt was exeptionally old or valuable. Good luck.

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    Hydrogen peroxide might work

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    Hydrogen peroxide might work
    I wouldn't, just in case it ruins it. Hydrogen Peroxide can bleach out your hair, I can't imagine what it would do to fabric dye on a quilt.

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    The reason I suggest Hydrogen peroxide is that I use it on stains on colored clothes that I can't use bleach on. If it stayed on a long time it might bleach it too much, but it has worked for me, safely.

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