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Old 11-19-2020, 08:12 PM
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Recently my dear aunt tested positive for the Coronavirus. She has worked diligently to provide quilts for family, friends, and many others. While her symptoms are mild, she is still receiving treatment during her two week quarantine. What does she need to to do to prevent virus transmission to others as she still would like to gift her lovely quilts? Does a machine wash in laundry detergent followed by drying them thoroughly suffice? What do professional quilt makers recommend to their customers?
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:23 PM
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Our local library quarantines books for 4 days and health department says that is enough. Non-perishable groceries spend a few days in the trunk of the car before coming in my house. Masks are washed and spend a day in the sun.
Suggest your aunt bag finished quilts and let them sit for a few days (away from her), before a non-positive person sends or delivers them.
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:27 PM
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thank you. This does put things in a better and more reasonable perspective

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Old 11-19-2020, 09:46 PM
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The chart I saved said Covid can live on cloth 2 days. I would suggest getting the huge zip lock bags that can hold a quilt or the huge zip totes from the $store and put the finished quilts in for a week or so. Put a note on the outside when they were sealed in so others can see they have been quarantined for the required time.
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Old 11-20-2020, 03:46 AM
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Good question. I make a large number of donation quilts and have wondered about the safety of donating to families that may be vulnerable already. I am not Covid positive but it is good to know that there is a guideline for our books, quilts and so on.
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Old 11-20-2020, 03:58 AM
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My local Linus Project is still accepting donations, and asking that they be put in large, sealed bags which they then leave sit for a couple of days before opening. So sounds like a 2 day in a sealed bag would be ok.
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:30 AM
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Wash and dry the quilts. Most of us repeatedly lick our fingers to slide and line up pieces of fabric. Detergent and heated dry should take care of it for COVID, as should be done with any completed quilt otherwise for exactly this sanitary reason.
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:32 AM
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This is very good information. Though I am not COVID positive one never knows when things can change in a heartbeat. I have been housebound since March and have to remain so because of an autoimmune disease. The disease is all around me in friends and family, work and play. I am glad I am so isolated. Know this is very important to all of us. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:01 AM
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I would wash them in the washer on regular cycle with detergent and then place in dryer...then I would put it in a bag.....I would then gift it and tell the receiver of the quilt to open the bag, not shake out the quilt, and place it in her own washer and run through a regular wash cycle with detergent and then in the dryer. I would think this would work as the officials washing clothes in washer with detergant kills the virus
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:39 PM
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The info I read earlier, was to not put things like our masks in plastic bags, as the virus would have a nice warm place to go forth and multiply!

For masks, they suggested a clean paper bag was a better storage location than plastic.

Thus for quilts, I would think the same concept ..... Launder in as hot as water as possible. Likewise, as hot as possible in the dryer.




Maybe the best advice for your Aunt would be to ask those treating her and giving her the medical advice as to the best procedures for her personal laundry and items such as her quilts.

Good health to your Aunt, yourself and your family.



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