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Thread: Fabric stash damaged

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    I had several of my tubs of fabric stored in our basement and the basement flooded. Some of the fabric became wet inside the tubs and I didn't realize it. Now some of it is molded and mildewed. Any suggestions for salvaging it. Thanks!

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    Oh no! :cry: Try washing with oxiclean. Sorry, don't know what else to tell you. I hope you can save it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Oh no! :cry: Try washing with oxiclean. Sorry, don't know what else to tell you. I hope you can save it.
    someone wrote on here a few days ago about the same issue, they said, to try the oxiclean for the 1st wash and then normal wash for the 2nd. good luck

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    Here are some good hints for removing mold

    http://moldblogger.com/how-to-remove...from-clothing/

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    :cry: I feel your sadness. About the only thing you can do is send it all through the wash machine and see if it comes clean. Maybe you might have to cut out the mold/mildew part that did not come out in the wash. :cry:

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    Oh, no! I have used amonia for mildew, works great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trkrsyf
    I had several of my tubs of fabric stored in our basement and the basement flooded. Some of the fabric became wet inside the tubs and I didn't realize it. Now some of it is molded and mildewed. Any suggestions for salvaging it. Thanks!
    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll keep you posted!

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    Oh I can feel your pain! Good luck with all the washing.

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    Oh no!!! Hope you find a way to clean them....bummer!

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    ooooo that is awful...good luck with the other suggestions!

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    I found a great stash several weeks ago that was terribly mildewed

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-120833-1.htm

    I found washing with detergent, white vinegar and a heavy solution of baking soda and water, and then a very hot dry was the trick. It still smells when coming out of washer but the hot dry solved the problem. I have just finished pressing this huge stash.

    Good luck with your reviving your stash.

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    ^^^I was gonna say when you make cheese and the rind gets mouldy, you wash it with a vinegar solution, so perhaps try that?

    I've been washing funky-smelling fabric all morning that I got in a batch. I don't think it got wet, but OMG it's stinky! Blech.

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    I wouldn't hesitate to use bleach on stuff that is ruined otherwise, that is if you've tried the other stuff and it doesn't work I'd give the bleach a shot. If it slightly changes the color I would rather that then throw it out, but that's me, you may feel differently. Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trkrsyf
    I had several of my tubs of fabric stored in our basement and the basement flooded. Some of the fabric became wet inside the tubs and I didn't realize it. Now some of it is molded and mildewed. Any suggestions for salvaging it. Thanks!
    For one thing to get the Smell out get your self a Gal. of White Vinagar and wash using Borax in the washing and vinagar in the rinceing. As for removing the stains of the mold try Treating them with 'Dawn' dish soap and a brush let set before you wash its worked for me on alot of stains?

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    quote=bisseau]I found a great stash several weeks ago that was terribly mildewed

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-120833-1.htm

    I found washing with detergent, white vinegar and a heavy solution of baking soda and water, and then a very hot dry was the trick. It still smells when coming out of washer but the hot dry solved the problem. I have just finished pressing this huge stash.

    Good luck with your reviving your stash.[/quote]

    That's what I would try. Also if you can hang it out in the sunshine that helps for the odor too.

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    Sorry about your situation. Good luck on the salvage. You can do it.

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