One of my favorite things to do is to finish a vintage quilt top. There is something satisfying about taking a quilt top that was carefully pieced long ago and giving it life as a quilt. However, quilts that have been stored away often end up with stains, discoloration, and yellowing from years of being stored. But there is a way to save them, and it's actually quite simple. OxyClean.
OxyClean is a magical stain remover that is safe to use on vintage quilts, or any other washable fabrics that you may need to clean. However, you must follow a process to allow it to really work.
I first tried this on my son's baby clothes. My son was the king of spit up and drool. All of his baby clothes had stains on them. Formula stains. Baby food stains. And if you've ever tried to get those stains out, you know that those two types of stains are some of the strongest stains out there. I had some favorite outfits I saved. They were washed and dried and put in storage. Stains and all. So, when testing a process to remove stains from vintage quilts, I decided to pull out those clothes and see what I could do. They had been stored for 13 years. I wondered. Would OxyClean make a difference in the stains? Would it be safe to use on older fabric? Would it damage the colors? What I found was that this OxyClean process works like magic.
Here is what you do:
You'll need a large tub or your bathtub and a tub of OxyClean.
And that's it. You will now have a quilt that has the stains removed, the color brightened, and the whites whitened. Ready to use and enjoy.
My name is Amy Martin and I am a quilter. I am actually an odd combination of professional quilt finisher and beginning quilter. I began my quilting journey from the end of the quilting process, by finishing quilts with my longarm machine. I then began piecing for customers, and discovered that I love the entire quilting process. Join me on this journey of quiting.
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