How is an antique cotton crochet bedspread cleaned?

How is an antique cotton crochet bedspread cleaned?

Post by Morgan de Tarr and Ed Nol » Thu, 06 Jul 1995 04:00:00



Can anyone tell me how to clean an antique bedspread?  I don't want to put it
in the machine.  What kind of cleaning compound should I use?  I believe the
thread used was a cotton.

Thank You

 
 
 

How is an antique cotton crochet bedspread cleaned?

Post by Johnsto » Wed, 12 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>>Can anyone tell me how to clean an antique bedspread?  I don't want to
>>put it in the machine.
>Water is always safe for cotton, but you don't want to lift the wet
>spread it without some kind of support, because it will weigh a ton,
>and potentially damage it.  
>More important than what soap to use is handling it.  Treat it gently,
>the way you would any aging grandparent.  Don't put any stress on it,
>and be especially careful handling it when it's wet.

One trick I learned from my mother, who collected and wrote books about
antique coverlets, many of which were up to 200 years old, was to wash
them in the bathtub, with a plain bedsheet underneath.  When you have
drained the water off, you can just lift the whole thing out by the
corners of the sheet, and take to somewhere to dry, and can even spread
it out on the sheet to dry.  This avoids that terrible weight of the wet
fabric*** on old deteriorating threads of your piece.
  Janet

 
 
 

How is an antique cotton crochet bedspread cleaned?

Post by Darry E Stocksti » Fri, 14 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>>>Can anyone tell me how to clean an antique bedspread?  I don't want to
>>>put it in the machine.

>>Water is always safe for cotton, but you don't want to lift the wet
>>spread it without some kind of support, because it will weigh a ton,
>>and potentially damage it.  
>>More important than what soap to use is handling it.  Treat it gently,
>>the way you would any aging grandparent.  Don't put any stress on it,
>>and be especially careful handling it when it's wet.

>One trick I learned from my mother, who collected and wrote books about
>antique coverlets, many of which were up to 200 years old, was to wash
>them in the bathtub, with a plain bedsheet underneath.  When you have
>drained the water off, you can just lift the whole thing out by the
>corners of the sheet, and take to somewhere to dry, and can even spread
>it out on the sheet to dry.  This avoids that terrible weight of the wet
>fabric*** on old deteriorating threads of your piece.
>  Janet

Really neat trick, Janet!!!  Thank your mother for us.  I have an old quilt
my great grandmother made for me.  I was wondering how to clean it.

Darcy