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    Whats the best way to clean all of the fabric I own? Story of why I need to do it is below.


    Okay the room set aside for quilting is being cleaned but it is taking a while. We had an infestation of mice this winter(sarcastically wonders why to himself as if he didnt know....... thanks to the unclean roomie we have who I will be getting rid of as soon as I get a full time job) and they pretty much destroyed a bunch of my fabric and patterns, one of bookshelves, one of my quilting hoops and left a mess all over the quilting room behind and under the shelves etc. It's going to take a few more days to clean.

    I had to throw out a bunch of the fabric that were on the bottom shelves of the bookcases and almost all of my batting had to be thrown out.

    I am upset. Also how do you throw a friend out of your house but save the friendship?????? She is a nice person, just very unclean and I cant take it anymore.

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    Henry, dear, Henry.

    make very sure it's her fault before you accuse her. my house usually looks like a bomb went off - in every room - but i don't have mice. how old is your house? are you sure they didn't find lots of inviting openings they can use to come in from the cold?

    maybe it's the house. but, if it's been checked over by professionals and they've confirmed it's the roomie, toss her out. she's not a friend if she risks your health rather than pick up her mess.

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    I agree with Patrice, Henry. I have had mice come into a couple of places where I have lived...and it was not because of unclean conditions, it was getting cold and they managed to find a way in. We even had an issue in one place with rats in the garage...but we did live out in the country and they found it to be a nice warm place to nest.
    I am so sorry that you have lost so much of your stash... :( :( :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Henry, dear, Henry.

    make very sure it's her fault before you accuse her. my house usually looks like a bomb went off - in every room - but i don't have mice. how old is your house? are you sure they didn't find lots of inviting openings they can use to come in from the cold?

    maybe it's the house. but, if it's been checked over by professionals and they've confirmed it's the roomie, toss her out. she's not a friend if she risks your health rather than pick up her mess.
    The house was built in the 1970's. We have never had a mouse problem before this winter. I had a professional come out and look the house over and he said that room was an invitation to them to come in because of the dog food that is all over her room. ( Her dog doesn't eat from a doggie dish)

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    So do I need to Clorox bleach the ones that are white/light colors ? Use some special kind of detergent on the darker colors or what? I want to make sure that the fabrics are clean and germ free from whatever mice can leave behind.

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    Oh Henry ~ I'm so sorry you have lost some of your stash and going through this delima. Since you have had the house checked by professionals, if I can give my 2 cents -

    Sit your friend down and explain if she is to continue to live there some rules must be followed.

    #1 Your room - your space - - - MY house - MY rules

    #2 Keep your room CLEAN

    #3 If dog is allowed to stay in house, he/she can no longer eat off floor in bedroom. Must eat in different room of house that IS NOT considered living area; ie utility or laundry room.

    #4 If these rules cannot be followed, in order to keep our friendship in tact, maybe we need to dissolve this living arrangement. (Give her 30 days to find somewhere else to live)

    That's just my 2 cents worth :wink:

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    I have had a mouse problem, too. They can get in the house via the tiniest opening. I feed the birds sunflower seeds so the mice have lots to eat. I finds piles of sunflower shells in the garage. I had to throw out fabric, as well. I felt bad about that, so know how you feel..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piedmont Quilter
    Oh Henry ~ I'm so sorry you have lost some of your stash and going through this delima. Since you have had the house checked by professionals, if I can give my 2 cents -

    Sit your friend down and explain if she is to continue to live there some rules must be followed.

    #1 Your room - your space - - - MY house - MY rules

    #2 Keep your room CLEAN

    #3 If dog is allowed to stay in house, he/she can no longer eat off floor in bedroom. Must eat in different room of house that IS NOT considered living area; ie utility or laundry room.

    #4 If these rules cannot be followed, in order to keep our friendship in tact, maybe we need to dissolve this living arrangement. (Give her 30 days to find somewhere else to live)

    That's just my 2 cents worth :wink:
    Thanks I have explained that to her about an hour or so ago. We shall see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I'd go with Colorsafe bleach. Its better for the fibers of your fabric.
    Thanks Loretta!!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    So do I need to Clorox bleach the ones that are white/light colors ? Use some special kind of detergent on the darker colors or what? I want to make sure that the fabrics are clean and germ free from whatever mice can leave behind.
    You will need to find some kind of disinfectant to use as you wash them. I would call a disaster cleaning complany (that cleans up after fires, floods, etc..) I have bought cleaners from them in the past for various reasons and they may have something that will disinfect without further damaging your fabrics :wink:

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    thanks Amma

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    OK, we get lots of mice in our basement in the fall and winter. Little critters are looking for a nice, warm place out of the weather. Of course, then my kitty has fun chasing them down and around and bringing them to mom when she's asleep in the middle of the night :? :? I just can't bring myself to kill anything so when I catch them (and I do -- using old towels which immediately go into the wash with hot water and Tide), I put them outside as far away as I can get them before they manage to escape captivity. They probably beat me back into the house :oops: :oops:

    I think those little varmits can get into a crack the size of a needle!


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    Henry,
    Mice are a menace of the woods, they will find their way in around the water pipes or the screens that are loose. BUT if your professional told you there are no ways for them to get in then you have to check around all the water pipes. They have to have an opening to get in to get to the dog food....but get the dog and the friend out! She's not a friend or she would not have allowed this to happen.

    Check with you dry cleaner for disenfectant and use colorsafe liquid bleach. White vinegar might work but you would have to immediately wash it again to get the acid from the vinegar out.

    Make her pay for your lost fabrics and batting. This was carelessness on her part that has cost you more than she's worth. Raise her rent to pay for the cleaning and get her to pay for a cleaning woman for the whole house.

    How much fabric did you lose and what colors would you like????
    Hugs,
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    Henry,
    Mice are a menace of the woods, they will find their way in around the water pipes or the screens that are loose. BUT if your professional told you there are no ways for them to get in then you have to check around all the water pipes. They have to have an opening to get in to get to the dog food....but get the dog and the friend out! She's not a friend or she would not have allowed this to happen.

    Check with you dry cleaner for disenfectant and use colorsafe liquid bleach. White vinegar might work but you would have to immediately wash it again to get the acid from the vinegar out.

    Make her pay for your lost fabrics and batting. This was carelessness on her part that has cost you more than she's worth. Raise her rent to pay for the cleaning and get her to pay for a cleaning woman for the whole house.

    How much fabric did you lose and what colors would you like????
    Hugs,
    Sharon
    Thanks Sharon. I lost a bunch of fabric. I had two trash bags of fabric I had to get rid of from all the poop and from what I am guessing is the mice giving birth on it, cause it was very discolored and yucky looking. Luckily I was able to wash my WIPS and they are okay.

    I am still taking "inventory" on what I lost. I'm going to see what all I have after I wash everything. Remember I was...well am...a fabric hoarder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    OK, we get lots of mice in our basement in the fall and winter. Little critters are looking for a nice, warm place out of the weather. Of course, then my kitty has fun chasing them down and around and bringing them to mom when she's asleep in the middle of the night :? :? I just can't bring myself to kill anything so when I catch them (and I do -- using old towels which immediately go into the wash with hot water and Tide), I put them outside as far away as I can get them before they manage to escape captivity. They probably beat me back into the house :oops: :oops:

    I think those little varmits can get into a crack the size of a needle!
    I felt bad at first...but after a week of being soft hearted... I started using glue traps and catching them. I felt bad seeing them trying to get off the glue but I just couldn't have them in my house and spreading who knows what diseases.

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    If you had bunches of mice, I don't blame you!! Nasty things!! Our house is so old (built in 1907) that it would be just impossible to keep them out of here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    If you had bunches of mice, I don't blame you!! Nasty things!! Our house is so old (built in 1907) that it would be just impossible to keep them out of here.
    We caught 35 mice in the traps. The last 15 or so were babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    If you had bunches of mice, I don't blame you!! Nasty things!! Our house is so old (built in 1907) that it would be just impossible to keep them out of here.
    We caught 35 mice in the traps. The last 15 or so were babies.
    Oh, GROSS!!

    Emile (kitty) only brought me 4 all winter! AND, they didn't get into anything as far as I know...and believe me, I looked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    If you had bunches of mice, I don't blame you!! Nasty things!! Our house is so old (built in 1907) that it would be just impossible to keep them out of here.
    We caught 35 mice in the traps. The last 15 or so were babies.
    Oh, GROSS!!

    Emile (kitty) only brought me 4 all winter! AND, they didn't get into anything as far as I know...and believe me, I looked!
    If I weren't allergic to cats, I'd have already gotten me one or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    If you had bunches of mice, I don't blame you!! Nasty things!! Our house is so old (built in 1907) that it would be just impossible to keep them out of here.
    We caught 35 mice in the traps. The last 15 or so were babies.
    Oh, GROSS!!

    Emile (kitty) only brought me 4 all winter! AND, they didn't get into anything as far as I know...and believe me, I looked!
    If I weren't allergic to cats, I'd have already gotten me one or two.
    You can always keep it outside. You would be surprised how it helps. We have lived in our home for 15 years - NEVER had a mouse inside (knock on wood). We have always had outdoor cats. And we live in the country with 3 fields around us.

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    Sounds like your doing the best you can, Henry. Sorry about your stash. I know I would sit down and cry. hugs.

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    PQ....

    Animals are not allowed to roam around outside in my neighborhood. They have to be fenced in if they are going to be outdoors.

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    So sorry to hear about your mousey problem! # 1 use Oxiclean for the fabrics...it is easy on the fabrics.
    #2 get a barn cat. Won't need to feed it much! Sounds like you are doing the right things.
    # 3 have 1 person outside the room with a strong flashlight and you inside that room or any others near it. Shine the light at the wall where it meets the foundation, at the window frames, etc. if you can see light thru into the house, plug the area with steel wool. A mouse can fit into a space the size of a pencil. ( my husband works in that field!)
    Good luck, Henry!!!

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    thanks tink's mom

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    What about one of those hairless wrinkly cats henry? i dont think they cause an allergic reaction. :)

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