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Cleaning Your Vintage / Antique Quilt

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I am currently researching "How to clean an antique or vintage crochet coverlet or tablecloth". I came across this forum on cleaning.

http://forums.marthapullen.com/read.php?f=17&i=1706&t=1706

The information you provide will come in handy for some of those quilts of mine. I know Oxyclean has ruined many things of mine with elastic.

There was a question as to what I actually bought. They sold it as a tablecloth. I thought it looked like an antique crochet coverlet. The lady felt it would clean up nice with lemon juice and water. Have you ever heard that before?


I temporarily placed it on the bed for pictures. Still needs a good cleaning. Very heavy piece!

Permalink Reply by Oralei/Artorable on March 13, 2009 at 1:08amDelete

Does anyone know what this pattern is called?

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on March 14, 2009 at 5:25pmDelete

Hi Oralei! I haven't been online for a bit. Your bedspread is really lovely! It reminds me of a pinwheel pattern. I also have one I need to soak. Wash it by hand, as a washing machine would catch or tear the stitches. I would use Ivory Snow, baby detergent to soak it in for quite a few hours, checking it once in a while, and moving it a bit. Then you need to rinse it until the water comes clear, and dry it flat, on terry towels on a table. It should come out nice! :O)

Permalink Reply by Oralei/Artorable on March 17, 2009 at 4:12amDelete

Thanks for the pointers. No table big enough, much of this piece hung over on the floor on opposite side of picture. :) Large and heavy! I can't imagine how long it must have taken for a single person to create these. Thanks again

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on March 17, 2009 at 11:07amDelete

Hi Oralei! If your table isn't big enough, fold the cover in half and lay it on towels on top of your table. Then flip it over once in a while. It will dry, especially as it has alot of open areas with the crochet.
I do this all the time with vintage sheets or blankets that don't have enough time to dry outside. I keep refolding them to let different sides dry open to air. Sometimes you have to improvise! LOL

Permalink Reply by Oralei/Artorable on April 3, 2009 at 12:51amDelete

Forgot to click on "Follow" Thanks for the tips...I'm use to improvising I will do as you suggest. this is so heavy dry, I can't imagine when it is wet.

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on April 6, 2009 at 11:45amDelete

Oralei, I was hoping for a warm day today, as I'm off work tonight, and it's chilly and cool outside! Always on my day off! :O( I have so many things I'd luv to clean, and lay on the table outside in the sunshine on a warm day...I'm still waiting! I may try in the am tomorrow! Good luck with your bedspread! :O)

Permalink Reply by Oralei/Artorable on April 6, 2009 at 12:07pmDelete

It is clean and dry. Thank You. There is one spot that will need some extra care.

In the Florida sunshine we have to be extra carefull leaving fabric outside for long, That sunhine plays havoc on fabric. :)

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on April 6, 2009 at 12:12pmDelete

Vintage tablecloths could easily fade here in south Texas too. In the summer especially, I make sure I spritz a tablecloth quite often to keep it damp, when I'm suncrofting.

Permalink Reply by Oralei/Artorable on April 6, 2009 at 12:24pmDelete

and do I need to mention the "birds"? Depending what they've eaten you could have a freshly colored bedspread. :)

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on April 16, 2009 at 5:07pmDelete

Hi! Are you talking about the quilt you posted pictures of with the bears / woodland scene on it? Is it new? Could it be washed in an oversized front loading machine on a delicate cycle? I have a reallly good Whirlpool front loading washer, that I can clean things on delicate, that I want to be careful with. Then I hang them on the line outside, or lay them on a table outside.
Is your quilt dry cleanable, or washable? And...you always run the risk sending anything to a dry cleaners, and also cleaning it yourself. There's the double whammy...so to speak...but if yours is newer it may be safe in a front loader. I wash all my vintage chenille bedspreads in my front loader and it is safe. The dry cleaners would be very expensive also!

Permalink Reply by Luv2LuvAntiques on April 17, 2009 at 5:07amDelete

Good luck to you! I think it's bad enough working with wet, heavy full sized bedspreads and quilts!

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