newbie in need of help

newbie in need of help

Post by tess » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 06:59:46



Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
Thank you for any help you offer.
 
 
 

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Post by mary » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 07:15:42


Wash it in mild soap in a front loading washer.  The tumbling is easier on
the fabric that an agitator.  Let us know how it comes out.

--
Mary
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Quote:
> Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
> year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
> quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
> 98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
> stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
> collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
> heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
> beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
> don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
> will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
> Thank you for any help you offer.


 
 
 

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Post by Tari » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 09:25:25


I'd give it a good soak in Biz before washing it.
Taria
Quote:

> Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
> year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
> quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
> 98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
> stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
> collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
> heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
> beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
> don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
> will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
> Thank you for any help you offer.

 
 
 

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Post by Julia Altshule » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 09:35:57


For the mildew, it needs a good wash in a washing machine followed by a
nice sunbath with a little lemon juice on the worst of the black spots.
  That might take care of the greasy kerosene too, but if it doesn't,
look for a product that says it particularly takes care of grease stains.

--Lia

Quote:

> Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
> year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
> quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
> 98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
> stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
> collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
> heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
> beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
> don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
> will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
> Thank you for any help you offer.

 
 
 

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Post by A& » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 13:17:15


I don't know about the mildew but for the oil.... I would use Carbona stain
devils # 5 for fat, grease and oil.

Good luck. I hope you get it clean.

Tricia

 
 
 

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Post by Beck » Sun, 19 Sep 2004 23:33:15


I have a good friend who swears by OxyClean.  She and her husband are heavy
smoker's, and when it takes her several years to finish a quilt, they often
develop really horrible stains from smoke deposits. The OxyClean gets them
looking like new.

Becky


Quote:
> Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
> year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
> quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
> 98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
> stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
> collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
> heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
> beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
> don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
> will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
> Thank you for any help you offer.

 
 
 

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Post by Debr » Mon, 20 Sep 2004 00:28:46



Quote:
>Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
>year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
>quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
>98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
>stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
>collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
>heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
>beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
>don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
>will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
>Thank you for any help you offer.

If the quilt still has an odor after washing and airing in the sun try
a second washing with your ordinary laundry soap plus 20 Mule Team
Borax.  The addition of borax to the wash has removed musty "been in
storage for years at grandma's house" odor and moth ball odor for me.
Borax doesn't cost a fortune, and it can be used to clean a lot of
things.  You will probably find it on the very top or the very bottom
of the shelves in your grocery store's laundry stain remover and
additives section.  

Borax has been around, unchanged, for a long time, your great grand
mother probably used it in her wash, but since it's not "new and
improved" and not heavily advertized on TV it is often overlooked.
Many people assume it won't work as well as the more modern laundry
additives.  

Debra in VA

 
 
 

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Post by Boca Ja » Mon, 20 Sep 2004 04:11:43


OxyClean is not a bleach but an enzyme cleaner. It does not fade the colors.
It is important to NOT add bleach and OxyClean together.  I use it for all
my colored clothes along with my regular detergent.

Boca Jan


Quote:


> > I have a good friend who swears by OxyClean.  She and her husband are
> > heavy smoker's, and when it takes her several years to finish a quilt,
> > they often develop really horrible stains from smoke deposits. The
> > OxyClean gets them looking like new.

> > Becky

> I'm always fascinated everytime I see an OxyClean (or similar product).
> Does it fad the other colors?

 
 
 

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Post by Tari » Mon, 20 Sep 2004 10:17:19


Oxyclean seems to get different stuff out then Biz. I use both but
choose Biz first.  I have found
with the hard water at this house I add water softener to loads
of light stuff that are yellowed or greyed and it helps a lot too.
Taria
Quote:

> OxyClean is not a bleach but an enzyme cleaner. It does not fade the colors.
> It is important to NOT add bleach and OxyClean together.  I use it for all
> my colored clothes along with my regular detergent.

> Boca Jan





>>>I have a good friend who swears by OxyClean.  She and her husband are
>>>heavy smoker's, and when it takes her several years to finish a quilt,
>>>they often develop really horrible stains from smoke deposits. The
>>>OxyClean gets them looking like new.

>>>Becky

>>I'm always fascinated everytime I see an OxyClean (or similar product).
>>Does it fad the other colors?

 
 
 

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Post by geor » Mon, 20 Sep 2004 21:49:16


Quote:

> If the quilt still has an odor after washing and airing in the sun try
> a second washing with your ordinary laundry soap plus 20 Mule Team
> Borax.  The addition of borax to the wash has removed musty "been in
> storage for years at grandma's house" odor and moth ball odor for me.
> Borax doesn't cost a fortune, and it can be used to clean a lot of
> things.  You will probably find it on the very top or the very bottom
> of the shelves in your grocery store's laundry stain remover and
> additives section.  

Actually, I wash with a mix of Borax and washing soda. I dont use other
detergent any more.

For spots, I either us H2O2, or soak in vinegar before washing.

-georg

 
 
 

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Post by Maureen Woznia » Wed, 22 Sep 2004 21:33:48


I'd first try washing it on the gentle cycle of your machine with a mild
soap.  Then hang it outside in a protected area.  Its amazing what fresh
air and a little sunshine can do.

Maureen

Quote:

> Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
> year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
> quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
> 98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
> stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
> collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
> heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
> beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
> don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
> will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
> Thank you for any help you offer.

 
 
 

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Post by Maureen Woznia » Wed, 22 Sep 2004 21:36:29


I agree.  I love OxyClean.  DBF is not the tidiest person and no matter
how I try to keep up with it, the floors here are usually not kind to
white socks (or bare feet).  OxyClean has gotten out every stain I've
ever tried it on.

It even got out hair dye that DBF sat in last time he got his hair
cut--yes its a weird story.  One of the stylist didn't clean it up
throughly, it was on the back of the chair, and voila!

Quote:

> I have a good friend who swears by OxyClean.  She and her husband are heavy
> smoker's, and when it takes her several years to finish a quilt, they often
> develop really horrible stains from smoke deposits. The OxyClean gets them
> looking like new.

> Becky



>>Hi.  I am new here and in need of emergency help!  I was given a 30+
>>year old quilt made by a neighbor of mine.  The lady who made the
>>quilt passed away 20 or so years ago and her dear husband who is now
>>98 years young gave me one of her quilts.  The bad news is that he had
>>stored this beautiful cotton quilt in his mildewy ba***t where it
>>collected soot from his fireplace and a greasy kerosene film from his
>>heater.  Now my first thought was to forget it, but it is or was a
>>beautiful thing.  Is it hopeless?  Does anyone have suggetions? I
>>don't want to invest a fortune in cleaning it.  But, time and effort I
>>will invest.  By the way the odor is not good, not good at all.
>>Thank you for any help you offer.