Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Tips for washing quilts...

  1. #1
    Senior Member mythreesuns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    716

    Tips for washing quilts...

    I have seen where people show stains on their quilts from fabric bleeding. I want to pass on a tip I learned 32 years ago. I use to work in the laundry dept at our local nursing home. So we washed many different items. Including patients personal quilts, clothes and etc. We also had different size washers and dryers. The very first thing that was taught to me..and I have used since then is... a household washer should NOT be used for anything bigger then towels. Most household washers can only handle up to 21 pounds of fabric. That is 21 pounds wet.. not dry. So no quilts, blankets or covers of any kind ever went into the regular washers. They showed me a test to prove why..To test this, place safety pins on the quilt, place that part into your washer first. When it is done, take it out..are the pins still on the bottom? If so....it didn't really wash...just got wet. The other thing I was taught, was if the load is to big for a washer, the stain we are trying to get out, can end up pressed against a clean area and stain that area also. As to heavy of items can not move freely inside. To this day, I take all mine to the laundromat...and I have never used a color catcher ever and have never had an issue with staining. Even on the red and white quilt I made. The backing was all white..and still is. So test your washer and see how the safety pins do!!! They taught me to try this when washing a load of towels at home also....if the first towel in..is still at the bottom... are they really clean??
    Faye

  2. #2
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,679
    Blog Entries
    5
    Good advice!

  3. #3
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    33,672
    Blog Entries
    18
    thanks for sharing this great advice
    Nancy in western NY

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,484
    Makes sense to me! Thank you.

    It's worth the $$$ to use the really big washers.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    664
    Blog Entries
    9
    Wow! I never knew, thanks for sharing!

  6. #6
    Super Member Kitsie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Ridgefield WA
    Posts
    4,957
    Blog Entries
    41
    I'm about to wash a king-sized black & white so I'm really glad I read your tip! What water temp do you use? Warm? Thanks for the post.
    http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh485/KitsieH/
    Never regret growing older, its a privilege denied to many.
    Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

    Kitsie

  7. #7
    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    798
    Now you have freaked me out! LOL I will not rest until I try this test. Thank you for the tip!

  8. #8
    Senior Member teddysmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Stanley NC
    Posts
    934
    Thanks for that great tip!

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    309
    I've still got a top-loader washer and wonder how often I've over loaded it. Thanks.

  10. #10
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,616
    Some of the newer home washers have special settings, for bulky bedding. The tubs are also larger.
    Neesie


    By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
    ~Richard Dawkins

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.