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    Update on washing quilt

    Just an update on washing my "off-colored,age stained" quilt. I took my quilt to a laundramat and used one of the large washers. I used just a little Iron Hammer detergent. some Oxi-Clean, some non-chloring bleach in warm water. I threw in a couple of "color catchers" just in case there was some color wash out (which there was). It came out "BEAUTIFULLY" I was overjoyed at the results. I could only see all that hard work appliquing the poppies go down the drain, time wasted, but that was not the results. I brought it home, and line dried it. I now have it on the bed in my guest room.

    Thank everyone who took the time to help me solve my situation. As I said before "quilters are the friendliest and most sharing people I know"

    May God Bless All!

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    We are so glad it all worked out for you.

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    Before and after pictures???? Please!
    What a labor of love.

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    So happy that it came out! I would love to see pics as I'm sure everyone else would, too!

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    glad to hear of the great results
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    WOW. I try NOT to wash them because they are NOT the easiest thing to do. I always washin washing machine at home with no agitation!! Might try your way since it seems to work. THANKS for the update !!
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    Was it a front loading washer?

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    I have four vintage quilts that have been in the attic for 60 years. I have soaked each 5 times in the bathtub and the water is still tobacco brown. I'm going the laundromat/oxyclean route. Sounds like the way to go.

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    Congrats on an excellent outcome. Pictures would be nice to see!

    I use the laundromat for washing rag quilts. The lint builds up quickly and the drains and vents at a laundromat are industrial strength.

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    Glad this turned out well for you! What a relief!

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    I'm glad it worked out for you.
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    Hurray for you! Pix please?

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    I have used the color catchers for several years while dying fabric for my rag rug business and been amazed at what they can do. Oxyclean is also good. In my experience, you can't put too many color catchers in the washer.

    On another note, Bootsie and Mittens have cornered a mouse and had great fun catching it and letting it go. The last time they did that it got away. I helped them disable it this time. I have my boundries.

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    Would love to see pictures. Did you take before and after?

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    Would love to see photos. I am always leery of using washers at the Laundromat. have to definitely take a cloth with cleaner and wipe the washers out before use just to see if there is any residue from previous user. I have wiped mechanics oil residue and other stuff out of those washers. So just be careful when using those.

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    So glad you saved the quilt! Now that we are spoiled and have our own washer and dryer, I'm a bit leery of laundromat machines too. Like Tess said - you never know what has been put through them right before your load. Once in a while though we need those super big washers. So with something precious, we just run through a load of old dog bath towels first to clean up the machine.
    Last edited by BuzzinBumble; 04-29-2013 at 07:32 AM. Reason: can't type for beans!

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    Glad that worked out for you. Now I can tell my daughter how to get a few mildew stains out of the one and only hand quilted quilt that I made for her in grade school. Since she is unable to have children now, she wants to give it to her niece as a family heirloom.

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    I wasn't so lucky. My experience - stains did not disappear; some quilted sections now need requilted, binding frayed (not sure what shape it was before I washed and dried the quilt.) I did try washing the quilt first in the bathtub but it was too heavy for me to manipulate. It did hold together and is sitll beautiful though.
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    hooray, glad it worked for you. got me thinking i should check on my grandmas quilt from 1964 that has been packed away. I have been thinking I should repair it but haven't had a place here to lay it out to see if I can.It was made with a electric blanket with the wiring taken out for batting and all hand quilted. I think that will be quite a job to work on.

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    That is so great for you!!! Would love to see a picture!!!
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    Very glad that all came out well.

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    I wash my quilts all the time in ordinary liquid soap, the ones with no additives or scents. I have a large capacity washer as I have a lot of king size quilts. I line dry. The quilts come out wonderful, after all they are made out of that expensive fabric right? They should hold up to washing. I always use the gently cycle tho.

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    There is a product I use called...Retro Clean. I was trying to find the name so I didn't have to go downstairs to find mine...and while looking found this site...looks helpful. http://www.antique-linens.com/laundering.html

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