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Old 08-29-2012, 07:08 AM
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I have seen where people show stains on their quilts from fabric bleeding. I want to pass on a tip I learned 32 years ago. I use to work in the laundry dept at our local nursing home. So we washed many different items. Including patients personal quilts, clothes and etc. We also had different size washers and dryers. The very first thing that was taught to me..and I have used since then is... a household washer should NOT be used for anything bigger then towels. Most household washers can only handle up to 21 pounds of fabric. That is 21 pounds wet.. not dry. So no quilts, blankets or covers of any kind ever went into the regular washers. They showed me a test to prove why..To test this, place safety pins on the quilt, place that part into your washer first. When it is done, take it out..are the pins still on the bottom? If so....it didn't really wash...just got wet. The other thing I was taught, was if the load is to big for a washer, the stain we are trying to get out, can end up pressed against a clean area and stain that area also. As to heavy of items can not move freely inside. To this day, I take all mine to the laundromat...and I have never used a color catcher ever and have never had an issue with staining. Even on the red and white quilt I made. The backing was all white..and still is. So test your washer and see how the safety pins do!!! They taught me to try this when washing a load of towels at home also....if the first towel in..is still at the bottom... are they really clean??
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:23 AM
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Good advice!
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:29 AM
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thanks for sharing this great advice
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:32 AM
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Makes sense to me! Thank you.

It's worth the $$$ to use the really big washers.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:36 AM
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Wow! I never knew, thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:48 AM
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I'm about to wash a king-sized black & white so I'm really glad I read your tip! What water temp do you use? Warm? Thanks for the post.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:29 AM
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Now you have freaked me out! LOL I will not rest until I try this test. Thank you for the tip!
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for that great tip!
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:38 PM
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I've still got a top-loader washer and wonder how often I've over loaded it. Thanks.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:47 PM
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Some of the newer home washers have special settings, for bulky bedding. The tubs are also larger.
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