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Thread: My quilt needs to be washed?

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    I would use cold water, gentle cycle, dye catcher(stops fabric from bleeding) and you can purchase special cleaning
    solution for quilts at most of your quilting supply stores.
    Hope this helps you. The design and color of your quilt is beautiful. Dye catcher can be purchased at Hancocks Fabric Stores. Betty lEE

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Use a shout color catcher or maybe a couple of them in cold water on the gentle cycle.
    Ditto here! They really do work wonderfully!
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    What is a color catcher?

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    soaking will clean most quilts, agitation is what is bad. so soak, spin out, fill tub and soak again and spin out.

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    Beautiful quilt Marta, you got good advise on washing....

    You are close to me, I'm in Concord....

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    I am a newbie too, what are color catchers?

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    I think you should send it to me to wash and keep!! It's so very pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martapr
    The sashing on my quilt is a purplish/pink batik and it needs to be cleaned. I attached a pic. What do you recommend?
    I agree with the color grabber, but I take mine to the newer laundromat and use their front loader, and wash it on cold, with ivory or a mild detergent. Then I brig it home and dry it outside with a sheet over it to protect it from the over head bird droppings and the sun.

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    I wash in cold water, and use color catchers on a gentle cycle. I was amazed at what the color catchers did catch. And sure was glad I used them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann O
    I am a newbie too, what are color catchers?
    Color catchers are a laundry product that "catches" bleeding dye in the washer so it does not redeposit itself.

    Here is Shout's site about their product -- http://www.shoutitout.com/preserve-colors.aspx

    They are available at most places that sells laundry stuff in the stain removal section(grocery stores/big box stores/etc.)

    Hope this explanation helps.

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    If it were my quilt I would have it dry cleaned. Just a thought.
    Lucy

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    The color cathchers. I have had great luck with them. The lady that told me about them said she did not prewash her fabric and so when she finished a quilt she washed it first with one or two color catchers. She said she never had a problem. I am back to prewashing after the thread that talked about the dyes and chemicals in the new fabric. I fold the fabric to store it and when I am ready to use it, I iron it with startch.

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    The quilt is beautiful. I would be affraid to wash it without doing a spot check on the sashing with cold water and a clean white wash cloth to see if the color will run. It it doesn't then I would use a gentle detergent with cold water in a gentle cycle but I would also stay at the machine during the 1st cycle incase you see bleeding and need to immediately remove the quilt. A suggestion is to always prewash your material with like colors or on their own if you think they may run that way you will know ahead of time if it will have color runs after the quilt is made and washed.

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    So beautiful! Great job! I agree with all who said cold water and color catchers with mild detergent.

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    I would REALLY discourage using Oxyclean on this quilt. It can ruin colors especially pinks and purples. It would also be using too much "fire power" if there are no stains you dont need the big guns. I agree that you should find some scraps and put them in a bowl of cold water with a small amount of Woolite (sp?) one at a time and see how they react. If there is no change in the water color especially with the darker colors the purple/fusche, it will be okay.if there is try the color catcher and see what it does. I've never used them so I don't know how good they work. It is usually best, if your quilt is going to be used, to wash all the fabric once with a very small amount of detergent and no fabric softner. Then you know it will be ok. Good luck.

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    Professional cleaners

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    beautiful quilt

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    Your first quilt!! Oh my, You did a fantaastic job. I think you'll make it big in the quilting world! Its a knockout!

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    absolutely beautiful

    what are colorcatchers though - me being an aussie

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    I was told many years ago to not ask any dry cleaning business to dry clean a hand-made cotton based quilt. Some will not do it, I was told. Why would use of chemicals be preferred over gentle washing, following instructions given by many quilters in this forum. Our mothers and grandmothers washed theirs!

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    Nice quilt, nice colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy519
    If it bleeds dont dry it in a washer just keep washing with the color catchers
    I agree. I had a dark blue border on a scrap quilt. I washed it but it still bled when I washed the quilt. I just kept washing until all bleeding quit and now you would not know it had ever bled.

    I love your quilt. Beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy519
    If it bleeds dont dry it in a washer just keep washing with the color catchers
    I agree. I had a dark blue border on a scrap quilt. I washed it but it still bled when I washed the quilt. I just kept washing until all bleeding quit and now you would not know it had ever bled.

    I love your quilt. Beautiful.
    Sure is a whole lot of bleeding going on in my sentences.
    Gail

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    I would use about 3 color catches and wash in gental cycle and it will be fine....I also use quick cycle sometimes, and winkle free cycle...Don't let it sit in the washer once it's off, get it out fast....I don't prewash my fabric and I have washed all my quilts this way before giving them away..

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    Your quilt is absolutley beautiful!!!

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