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Jess
Posted 2010-06-24 1:23 PM (#46354)
Subject: HELP! Mildew!



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Hi ladies,

I just spoke to Mom and she is devastated. She properly stored 8 of her beloved quilts in a closet. Rolled, in a pillowcase, etc. She just discovered that there was a leak in the closet (she has no idea when) and that the quilts are wet and have bad mildew stains.

Please help. I am googling right now to find a solution. Have any of you successfully removed mildew stains from colored fabrics without distorting the colors?

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Gerda
Posted 2010-06-24 2:23 PM (#46355 - in reply to #46354)
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Oh, NOOO!! How terrible!

I havent' had the problem, but am Googling, too.

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/07/07jul16a.cfm
http://quilting.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_remove_stains_from_...
http://www.ehow.com/how_6246759_remove-mildew-stains-cotton-quilts....
Hopefully, someone has an answer.

Oh, what about asking/phoning a museum or university fabrics department?? They should know.

Gerda
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Jess
Posted 2010-06-25 1:37 PM (#46395 - in reply to #46355)
Subject: Re: HELP! Mildew!



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Gerda - I passed your info and others I got from facebook, on to Mom. This is what she said:

Thank you ladies for your ideas and your concerns. I'm working on the quilts one at a time and so far I have washed one quilt three times with Oxyclean and it still has stains. I soaked it overnight with vinegar and am waiting for the rinse cycle to see how it came out. Some of the quilts were not damaged very much. The worse one is of course one of my favs - my orange, blue, and purple Myan mystery quilt. It has lots of creme fabric and lots more mildew than the other quilts. Keep a good thought for my quilts and for ME!
2 hours ago · Had to add that Sammy Joe called me yest and said, "Granny your quilts are broked and you are sad, but we will fix them and you will be happy again!!! Priceless!!!!
-Connie
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-06-25 1:59 PM (#46398 - in reply to #46354)
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(((((Connie)))))) so sorry to hear about your quilts..... You might also try some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.... as with all solutions.... try some on a few of your scraps to test for color fastness.....

vinegar may also help.....
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Short Not Sassy
Posted 2010-06-25 4:55 PM (#46399 - in reply to #46354)
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Nikki gave me a recipe that she got from a lady here in town that taught her sewing class. She used it on some baby stuff that was stained horribly and she praised it completely! You would just have to mix it in a larger quantity.

1/4 c Clorox 2

1/4 c Ivory liquid soap

1 c warm water

soak for 8 hours no substitutes no generics!

Test your fabrics but Nikki said she soaked a black and white diaper bag that had a watermelon slice aplliqued on it and Allie's name monogramed and she said it looks brand new!

Good luck!

Hope something works for you!

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Jami
Posted 2010-07-21 11:01 PM (#47535 - in reply to #46399)
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Connie-
Was just wondering how this has all turned out. Did you get the mildew out?
Jami
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Jess
Posted 2010-07-22 10:32 PM (#47556 - in reply to #47535)
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Update - The last time I spoke to Mom she was making progress. Some of the quilts were clean, and some still in progress. I think she is using vinegar to soak them, then oxiclean to wash them. Her original Mayan Mystery is the worst, and I think she may have to put a paste of oxiclean on it to get it there.
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Dorian
Posted 2010-07-23 8:51 AM (#47569 - in reply to #46354)
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I was just reading about stains and lemon juice.  Squeeze lemons onto the stain and let them sit in the sun for a few hours, then wash...supposed to work pretty good.

I'm glad Connie has had some luck with some of her quilts.

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MsMeow
Posted 2010-07-23 9:11 AM (#47570 - in reply to #46354)
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I'd be afraid to use lemon juice & sun...that used to be a favorite hair lightening technique when I was in high school!
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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-07-23 2:30 PM (#47578 - in reply to #47570)
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i'd be afraid to try that sun & lemon juice trick too, donna!
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Dorian
Posted 2010-07-23 2:44 PM (#47580 - in reply to #46354)
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Yes, a great hairlighting trick...apparently this person (I forgot where I read it!) uses it on stains on clothes/etc, and it's worked great FOR HER.
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MsMeow
Posted 2010-07-23 4:32 PM (#47584 - in reply to #46354)
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LOL, maybe she only has white clothes!
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Jami
Posted 2010-07-26 11:01 PM (#47721 - in reply to #46354)
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Only use lemon juice on whites...It will bleach out the color. I had a boat load of towels that got mildew on them years ago (stored in a cupboard on the back porch). I had blothcy towels for a LONG time!!!

Jami
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Jess
Posted 2010-07-28 5:33 PM (#47804 - in reply to #47721)
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I saw one solution that was a paste of oxiclean and lemon juice together... but no sun. It was used on colors I think, but it was just one person's testimony. I keep forgetting to ask Mom about them again!
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NorthernDeb
Posted 2010-07-28 6:18 PM (#47821 - in reply to #46354)
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Boy, Donna, you brought back some memories... lemon juice on my hair and baby oil all over me... then into the sun for HOURS! What were we THINKING?! LOL

Jess, I have pretty good luck with Oxiclean. I usually have to make a paste and put it on a wet item... then roll it up and let it sit for quite a few hours. Gets out MOST natural stains... even got out blueberry stains from Al's shorts. Just don't use any other product before the Oxiclean (says that on the container).

Hope your favorite comes clean, Connie
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