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Thread: Quilt Laundering

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    Junior Member ZTAgirlknits's Avatar
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    So I recently pulled out a quilt my Grandma made me in 1994 and put it on my bed but it has some stains on two spots!! It's all hand quilted so I'm a little scared to put it in the washing machine? As it's been in storage for the last 15 years or so I have no idea what the stains are and have no idea how it would have been washed previously.....any suggestions?

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    you will get lots of different recommendations for this-
    me- i would pre-treat the stains- then toss it into the washer- with detergent- and wash it- probably with warm water (unless its bright-dark-then i'd use cold)
    on a gentle cycle-
    then i would take it out- check to make sure the stains came out- and toss it into the dryer-
    that's how i wash all of my quilts- but that is me-
    lots of people treat them as if they are gauze that will disintegrate with such treatment- my daughter's quilt from 1976 is still together- and has been washed probably thousands of times.
    i would only be (more careful) if it were falling apart- which you did not say was an

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    Senior Member mmdquilts's Avatar
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    I would put it in the washer on gentle after treating the spots. In the summer I dry mine outside but in the dryer during winter with no problems. Every quilt I have made in 40 years of quilting have been put in the washer and dryer with no problems. The only ones I treat differently are the ones I have collected that are close to and over 100 years old and have fraying issues.

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    Treat the spots and wash, then dry on a low setting. I wash my quilts all the time and most of mine are hand quilted.
    As long as it's sturdy you shouldn't have any problems.

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    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    Just don't dry it until you are sure the sops are out!

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    Super Member Gramie bj's Avatar
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    I was told by a Quilt appriser to wash in cold gential cycle, for about 5 min. squeeze out water DO NOT spin, or wring, rinse the same way, do again if spots are still there, lay flat to dry use a product called quilt wash (only use 1/2 percribed amount) you can get at most LQS, my quilt is a circa 1940 hand pieced and quilted.

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    My clothes are all older than your quilt! Go with what ckcowl said. :lol:

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    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
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    Stitch you can soak it in oxyclean for days too. That should get the stains out. Then wash it on gentle in the washer. I have spun mine and they do ok on gentle. I guess you need to know your washer.

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