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Thread: HELP!!! Stain on my quilt!

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    HELP!!! Stain on my quilt!

    I have been working for months on my mom's quilt. I had my machine serviced and just began using it again for quilting. I now have 4 separate areas on the quilt with black grease. I called the shop where it was serviced and they suggested I use Dawn. I did, and while the spot is lighter, I now have a huge, brownish edged spot on the white cotton. I really didn't want to wash the quilt prior to giving it to my mom (and would probably suggest she NOT machine wash it due to extensive embroidery work on it). Do any of you wonderful people have ANY idea how I can salvage all these months of work. I don't have the time, material or heart to begin it all over again..... I am devastated....

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    I did a search and what you are doing is the right thing. http://www.ehow.com/how_5070617_remo...se-cotton.html

    It was interesting to note that they suggest washing it again if the stain didn't come all the way out. I would think since you have already washed it that it is too late for the cornstarch. I have had success using Formula 409. Some of the Orange Cleaners are good degreasers.

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    take a deep breath. you can get this mark out. just don't panic

    so much easier said than done though...

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    Try dawn mixed with oxy...they seem to work magic together!

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    How about a search on the internet suggesting what remedy will work for that particular type of stain. May sound strange and test first, but lestoil floor cleaner can remove grease. Test first and don't pour it on use a q tip and use sparingly. Good luck Don't forget to test it first. I would put some grease on a piece of scrap fabric and test that first.
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    What colour is the backing? Will rinsing it through make it worse? Can you put the spot over a bowl, put a drop of clear dawn on the spot, rub it a bit to loosen the grease and then pour clean warm water through the spot and into the bowl until it is clean? I would then blot out the extra moisture with a clean white towel the move to the next spot. I would then drape the quilt over furniture until the spots dry.

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    Years ago I worked at a company that made knitwear. The garments would occasionally get black grease on them from the knitting machines. We used a spray that you spray on, let dry, then brush off.

    You can purchase this spray at Hancock's Fabrics. I use it often and it works great.

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Sulliv...VVviewprod.htm

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    I would think to get all of the cleaner and grease out, it would have to be washed. Sometimes stains don't come out until it is washed. Just my thoughts on it.
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    I have'nt seen anything "shout" could'nt take out, but I know Dawn is the great de-greaser. They use dawn to get the oil off of animals in oil spills.

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    I would certainly try this first. But if you do it the other ways like with the Q-tips and you rinse, reverse the quilt so the grease stain rinse away from the rest of the fabric. That way any of the stain will not penetrate through the back. As long as you have not tried to wash the quilt already you should be ok. Hopefully the stain didn't go all the way through the back.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Years ago I worked at a company that made knitwear. The garments would occasionally get black grease on them from the knitting machines. We used a spray that you spray on, let dry, then brush off.

    You can purchase this spray at Hancock's Fabrics. I use it often and it works great.

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Sulliv...VVviewprod.htm

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    Believe it or not, lighter fluid will take out black grease. DH brought some in on his feet and tracked all the way across the carpet. Got every bit of it out. Today, I took some black grease that got my my tan pants that came from the car door latch. Put a few drops of lighter fluid on the grease, rubbed it with an old wash cloth, added a drop of dish soap just to be sure and laundered as usual. I've never had the lighter fluid leave a mark but you might try it in a corner just to be sure.

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    Acetone also will work as long as its an ALL COTTON quilt no man made fiber. Hubby told me about this and it does work but it will melt polyester and rayon. But acetone, dab or blot but the acetone will dissolve the grease. Of course without saying do this is well vented area and no smoking while doing this. Good Luck

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