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Experience with Retro Clean? Brightening yellowed quilts?

Experience with Retro Clean? Brightening yellowed quilts?

Old 04-28-2012, 07:29 PM
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Default Experience with Retro Clean? Brightening yellowed quilts?

I was blessed enough to acquire a lovely, vintage double wedding ring quilt this week. It is in great condition other than overall yellowing of the white background fabric and one brownish blotch on the back. Has anyone had any experience using Retro Clean or another method to brighten/whiten an old quilt? Thanks in advance for your advice and help!
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:14 PM
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I haven't, but I have seen nothing but positive reviews of RetroClean on the board. You might try to use the search feature to find some of the old posts about RetroClean.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by rosemary128 View Post
I was blessed enough to acquire a lovely, vintage double wedding ring quilt this week. It is in great condition other than overall yellowing of the white background fabric and one brownish blotch on the back. Has anyone had any experience using Retro Clean or another method to brighten/whiten an old quilt? Thanks in advance for your advice and help!
Oxy-clean does a great job in my experience
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:10 AM
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I haven't yet tried Retro Clean but I don't deal with vintage quilts often.

I was given a quilt with embroidered blocks that had been sitting around collecting dust and dirt for years. It had brown and yellow stains/discoloration all over the white background.
Best we could tell, it was least 40 years old (this was 10 years ago).
The setting wasn't anything interesting so I took the quilt apart to reset the blocks in a new quilt.

I first soaked them in a plastic tub with BIZ (powder detergent available from the supermarket - very inexpensive).
Just left them in overnight and they came out looking SPECTACULAR.
I couldn't believe the difference.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:06 PM
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies! I think I will try the Retro Clean, then follow up with the other two remedies if need be. I love this forum!!!
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I was told by Pam Clarke to soak my quilt in OxiClean in the washing machine overnight for some rust stains and brightening...
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I was told by Pam Clarke to soak my quilt in OxiClean in the washing machine overnight for some rust stains and brightening...
And the result?? I basically love that product!
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