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    need extreme help!!!!!

    today while in class, someone's coffee spilled on my quilt blocks. the blocks were immediately rinse in cold water. but the stains were still left. i was told to soak them in oxyclean. i have soak them for a hour and with it. to my dismay, the stain are still present. do anyone know any other way to remove coffee stains. i am working with limited and out of print daiwabo fabrics.

    desperate seeking solution............

    tea :cry:

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    I use Awesome Cleaner for taking out coffee stains all of the time. I get it at the Dollar Tree stores..I have seen it at other discount stores, too. It works great on lots of different stains and is only $1 for a quart sized bottle.

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    thanks amma. i heard of awesome cleaner but never use it. i guess there no time like the present. i'll go out 2morrow to purchase some and give it a try. let you know how it works.

    tea

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    I had some stains on my blocks and I remembered reading something about white vinegar and baking soda. So I put cold water in the kitchen sink and added vinegar and baking soda and let them soak. After I drained that I just soaked them in cold water. I then wrung out the water and ironed them dry. I t got out the stains. Hopefully it will work with your coffee stains.

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    how much vinegar and baking sode per gallon of cold water i use?

    tea

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    My mom uses one of those cheapie cleaners from the Dollar Store like Amma suggested. Mom swears by it for her T-shirts.

    Here are a couple ideas I found on the net. I don't know if they will do anything for you or not, but at this point I guess you have nothing to loose.


    Stretch the stained area over a bowl and secure with a rubber band.
    Pour boiling water through the stain from a height of 2 to 3 feet. Stand back to avoid splatters.
    Although cotton and linen can stand boiling water, some of the finishes and colors used on the fabrics might be damaged by such harsh treatment.
    Be sure to test on an inconspicuous corner first.



    Vinegar

    You can lift out many water-soluble stains-including beer, orange and other fruit juices, black coffee or tea, and vomit-from your cotton-blend clothing by patting the spot with a cloth or towel moistened with undiluted white vinegar just before placing it in the wash. For large stains, you may want to soak the garment overnight in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before washing.

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    Maybe you need to give the soaking longer to work. I once had a waitress spill a large quantity of greasy, tomato-bassed buffalo chicken sauce on my lap and down my leg, all over a new pair of light kahki-colored pants. I soaked in Oxy Clean for several hours and it didn't help. I nearly pitched them out but decided I had nothing to lose be trying again. I soaked them for 3 days, changing the water and rubbing the stain every day. The stain disappeared and I had my pants back.

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    I have used Greased Lightning to take out iron stains from clothing back when we had well water and before the water conditioner. I don't know if this could damage your fabric or not, but I used it. It's available at dollar stores and hardware stores around here. I wear rubber gloves when I use it because it is rough on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbible
    how much vinegar and baking sode per gallon of cold water i use?

    tea
    I didn't measure. I put a 2 or 3 gallons of cold water and then about 1 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda. Something like that. Just whatever feels right really. Sorry I can't give exact measurements.

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    I guess that's a good reason to only allow water in a classroom area - or one's own area, for that matter.

    Hope you get the stains out. Hope the other classmate at least apologized to you.

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    A dry cleaner that specializes in drapes and linens can almost always get the coffee stain out. I have taken all kinds of things to a specialty cleaner. Tennis shoes, thread crochet items, stuffed animals and even a lamp shade. One thing I learned when something like this has happened. It's only fabric. A guild member by accident, cut off a big chunk of a quilt top I just finished sewing together. She was beside herself and was crying. I told her I was stunned but not angry, but if she hadn't been upset about it then I would have been upset. She punished herself by feeling so bad and that made me feel bad. We ended up in a laughing fit over it by the class end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I guess that's a good reason to only allow water in a classroom area.

    Hope you get the stains out. Hope the other classmate at least apologized to you.
    That's what I think too. In my own area, I use that rule when I have anyone else's items.

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    Just wanted to add she sent me a beautiful basket of fat quarters a few weeks later. Quilters make the best friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Just wanted to add she sent me a beautiful basket of fat quarters a few weeks later. Quilters make the best friends!
    BellaBoo, that was very sweet of her. You know she felt really bad now.

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    Silly question: does the design lend itself to coffee die (like tea die)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Silly question: does the design lend itself to coffee die (like tea die)?
    That's not a silly question...some quilt blocks could be "enhanceed" by that, depending on their design and fabric. It could be the last ditch effort to still use them if none of the stain removal works. Nothing to lose by trying at that point!

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    Interesting idea madquilter. I wouldn't have ever thought of that, but it could be an answer.

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    thank you all for all your suggestions. i have been away from home most of the day. i'm going to try vinegar and baking soda now. will let you know how it come go.

    tea

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    I swear by vinegar and baking soda....I never measure, I just kinda go by the size of the stain and the type. Also depending on same for the length of time I soak it for. I have left some really soiled things for up to 3 days and it has never failed! It is also very inexpensive and ecologically friendly too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisyboo9
    I swear by vinegar and baking soda....I never measure, I just kinda go by the size of the stain and the type. Also depending on same for the length of time I soak it for. I have left some really soiled things for up to 3 days and it has never failed! It is also very inexpensive and ecologically friendly too.
    I don't measure either, just wanted to give her something to go by being it is her first time. It got my stains out. And you're right, so inexpensive.

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    I use Biz on all of my stains and I live in red mud country. I do soak them overnight. You might test on a small corner but I have not had any problems
    Good luck!

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    Let it set in the Oxyclean overnight....I have done this many times to even fine linen tablecloths. Remember to use hot water when you mix it...it improves the effect of the stain removal. Good luck!!

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    I have had the best luck getting stains out with Dawn dish soap.

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    I have not seen Awesome where do you get it?

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    I buy Awesome from the Dollar Tree stores, I have seen it in other dollars stores, discount stores and such. I buy 2 or 3 bottles at a time and I spray stains before the clothes go into the hamper...when my grands are around I go through a lot of it LOL I have used it on all types of fabrics and so far it has worked on them all. It doesn't hurt if it stays on the fabric for a week or so either... sometimes it takes me a week or so to get to the laundry mat. :wink:
    Regular Dawn dish soap is what I use on oil or grease stains...I put a few drops on the stain, rub it in well and throw it in the hamper too :wink:

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