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Thread: Let's See if the QB Ladies Can Handle This One - Odor in a New Bedspread??

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    Let's See if the QB Ladies Can Handle This One - Odor in a New Bedspread??

    I just bought a new throw-type summer bedspread. It came in one of those zippered plastic bags all folded up.

    After being unwrapped from the package, I found that it has a horrific odor. It appears that it was the corrugated cardboard that the bedspread was wrapped around that the odor came from ... it must have seeped into the bedspread somehow. (I figured that out because I bought a matching pillow sham, and that doesn't have any odor, so I knew it wasn't the fabric. By the way, the fabric is 80% poly/20% cotton.)

    So far I have washed and dried the bedspread twice with lots of nice, fragrant detergent and fabric softener, and it STILL SMELLS! It's pretty bad.

    Okay ladies, what should I do - chalk it up to experience, pack up the bedspread and return it to the store, or do you have any other ideas for getting rid of this horrid odor? One thing that I cannot do is hang it outside - I live in a condo and clotheslines are not allowed. So that idea is forbidden, but anything else I'm willing to try, because I love the bedspread!

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    I would try soaking it for a couple of hours in baking soda and water then put it through a regular wash with the soda water rinse well and dry. If baking soda does not work I have no idea what else would. Good luck with what ever you try.

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    Charcoal will remove odors. You would need to enclose the bedspread in a plastic bag with the charcoal. A non-messy way to do this is to purchase OdorEaters shoe insoles with charcoal; however, I'm thinking you'd need half a dozen for a bedspread. One of them inside my featherweight case was enough to completely rid it of moldy odor.

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    I had a piece of flannel like fabric - I think it had polyester in it - and it smelled of mothballs -

    I did everything I could think of to get rid of that smell - got it tamed down a little bit - but after about ten washes and ten days of airing out - I gave it to the neighbors to throw over their plants when we got freeze warnings. Told them to bag it and store it UNDER their shed.

    Good luck! I think I would take it back.

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    I would take it back to the store. It you still have the cardboard, take it back with the bedspread to help reinforce your claim.

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    I put vinegar in the wash and it has never failed me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    I put vinegar in the wash and it has never failed me.
    It failed to remove the moth ball scent from that flannel I had.

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    Okay PatriceJ, you're killing me!!

    Sadiemae, how much vinegar are we talking about? I wouldn't want to end up with a bedspread that smells like french fries! LOL!

    I thought of the baking soda, too. Guess that would be pretty inexpensive to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    unless the package boasts of "200% more stank than the average comforter", take it back.

    Dittooooooooo!

    No matter how much you wash it or "think" the smell is gone ... you'll always be sure the smell is still there!

    Return it, along with all the accessories you bought to go with it.
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    I got one from Sam's Club once that never lost its smell either...needless to say it is no longer in my house!

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    Take it back the store needs to know!! I hope u still have the cardboard!!

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    Enough is enough. Take it back.

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    you should've returned it as soon as you opened the package
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    Hang it outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
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    I'd return it, and see if the other ones they have smell like that.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    I would return it, by the time you keep doing this, it will be an old look new bedspread, and who knows what is in it even if the smell goes away
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    Thanks ladies for all your help. I think I will go back to the store today, and sniff another bedspread. (Don't think I have ever written such a strange sentence in all my life!! LOL) If it smells the same, I'll return the one I already have. Patski is correct, I might end up with a bedspread that looks "used" and then they won't take it back anyway.

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    I would return it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Dittooooooooo!

    No matter how much you wash it or "think" the smell is gone ... you'll always be sure the smell is still there!

    Return it, along with all the accessories you bought to go with it.
    Agreed. On a damp day, or after a few days of not having windows open or a/c running to keep the air circulating, betcha the smell will come back. I'd take it all back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC View Post
    Thanks ladies for all your help. I think I will go back to the store today, and sniff another bedspread. (Don't think I have ever written such a strange sentence in all my life!! LOL) If it smells the same, I'll return the one I already have. Patski is correct, I might end up with a bedspread that looks "used" and then they won't take it back anyway.

    Who cares about the other ones in the store?

    All that matters is that the one you have STINKS! .... Take it back!!! and don't accept another as an option. Money back is the only option.

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    Sorry, what I meant was, if I can find another one of the same bedspread that does NOT smell, I will buy that one, and then take the original one back. I didn't actually say what I meant on the other post and that was confusing. I'm taking the smelly one back in any case... !!

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    I would try vinegar as well. Maybe Odorzout would help also. Or, call your hospital laundry to see what they use to remove odors from fabrics. Good luck.

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    Why waste ur time .??? .. Take it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    unless the package boasts of "200% more stank than the average comforter", take it back.
    HA HA HA HA!

    I needed that laugh Patrice!
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