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.
>>>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.