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Old 12-31-2018, 06:37 AM
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I made this quilt for my son's girlfriend about 2 years ago. Last week she brought it to me saying she "doesn't know what happened" and she didn't spill anything on it. Well, looks to me like she (or somebody) spilled cola on it. The stains are on all 4 corners and down both long sides so it must have been folded when it happened. Her mom tried to spot clean it and some of the red from the backing bled into the quilt top. The backing was prewashed in warm water and didn't bleed then so it shouldn't have run now. I suspect chemicals in whatever her mom used on it caused the bleeding.
Do you have any thoughts on what I can wash it with to make it better? The only saving grace is that the background is Moda Grunge with a bit of brown running though it. So if I can get some of the stains out, it may not be quite so noticeable.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:49 AM
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So disappointing! Whatever you use to remove the brown will probably fade the fabric. I can’t think of anything that will take out stains once they are washed and dried. If you can find Retroclean, which removes stains from antique fabric, it might help?
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:06 AM
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Try soaking it in Oxyclean.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:13 AM
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yes, Oxyclean or Retroclean should work well. good luck.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:33 AM
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What about soaking it in Dawn and hydrogen peroxide? As an old cleaning lady for the altar guild at church, I had success using these for wine stains. Wishing you well!
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I agree something was spilled on it and may have set for awhile. The oxyclean may help. I hope you can at least get most of it out.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:40 AM
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Oh that is such a shame!
I hope you are able to remove those nasty stains - please let us know how you get on.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:53 AM
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I would use dawn and a soft brush to work it in on all spots, let it sit for a few hours than wash. I’ve had great results using dawn on stains, even ones that have been thru the wash. Your quilt is beautiful, I will be doing that pattern this coming year for a Christmas gift for my daughter .
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yikes. something left those stains.


i have started to soak all my fabrics for a couple of hours in hot water before washing them now.

i had a dark burgundy that i used for sashing that i had given a quick lukewarm dip for a washing - it bled when i washed the wuult. of course, the fact that i did not dry the wet quult immediatrly after washing did not help.
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I'd use a stain stick on the damaged areas rather than soak the whole thing. I wouldn't worry about the red on the back - let it be a reminder to be more careful in the future. OxyClean has a new gel stain stick - it soaks into the stain better than a hard one.
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