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How to Remove Mildew Stains and Odor from Quilt

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By Melanie

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After detecting a funky odor in my bathroom I realized it was a quilt that my grandmother made for my daughter (she's 7). She was putting her laundry in the washer the other day and tried putting in the quilt but there wasn't enough room, so she took it out but part of it had gotten wet (unbeknownst to me) and consequently it mildewed. This is a precious gift that was lovingly handmade for her, and I'm so upset! The mildew is tiny pink spots. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it? I can send a pic if it helps but I'd have to take one and the quilt is currently in the washing machine. Thank you.

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After detecting a funky odor in my bathroom I realized it was a quilt that my grandmother made for my daughter (she's 7). She was putting her laundry in the washer the other day and tried putting in the quilt but there wasn't enough room, so she took it out but part of it had gotten wet (unbeknownst to me) and consequently it mildewed. This is a precious gift that was lovingly handmade for her, and I'm so upset! The mildew is tiny pink spots. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it? I can send a pic if it helps but I'd have to take one and the quilt is currently in the washing machine. Thank you.

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After detecting a funky odor in my bathroom I realized it was a quilt that my grandmother made for my daughter (she's 7). She was putting her laundry in the washer the other day and tried putting in the quilt but there wasn't enough room, so she took it out but part of it had gotten wet (unbeknownst to me) and consequently it mildewed. This is a precious gift that was lovingly handmade for her, and I'm so upset! The mildew is tiny pink spots. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it? I can send a pic if it helps but I'd have to take one and the quilt is currently in the washing machine. Thank you.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Cotton only I presume? And fabric pieces.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I know how much you love the quilt. I still have the crib quilt my grandmother made for me. With a bit of effort, you should be able to take care of the problem.

Pretreat the stains with a heavy-duty liquid detergent. Allow to work for at least 15 minutes. Then launder the fabric in the hottest water suitable for the material. There are also products that can help with the odor or you can add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Check the quilt before allowing it to dry. If the stains remain, mix a solution of hot water and oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach ) and allow the quilt to soak for 24 hours. Repeat the wash cycle.

Good luck!

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