How to Eliminate Discoloration From a Vintage Quilt

Vintage quilts provide a cozy feel to your house, whether you hang them on the wall or use them on a bed. However, based on your own quilt has been used or saved, it might be discolored. A few common causes of stains contain spills, skin oils and improper storage. Antique fabrics like quilts are usually very fragile, therefore removing stains needs careful cleaning. It might be required to repeat the cleaning process five to seven times for complete stain removal.

Cut a piece of fiberglass window screen to fit over the end of the upholstery tube of a vacuum cleaner with a 3-inch overlap. Secure the overlap to the tubing with duct or masking tape, leaving no exposed edges that can snag the quilt.

Lay the quilt apartment on a floor that is clean and vacuum it with the screen-covered tubing.

Blot oily stains with dry-cleaning wax or white vinegar using a cotton ball, a little piece of sponge or cotton swab, by pushing down and up on the stain. After removing the stain, then proceed with shampoo cleansing.

Mix 1 tbsp baby shampoo with 1 tbsp water.

Put on the baby shampoo mixture to the discolored spot with a cotton ball, a little piece of sponge or cotton swab, by pushing up and down on the stain. If the discoloration does not come out immediately, permit the shampoo to soak into the stain for 15 to half an hour.

Lay a white towel or fabric under the stain. Flush the shampoo off by pouring a small amount of cool water on the spot you washed.


Line a clean bathtub with a horizontal white sheet if the stain doesn’t come out. Lay the quilt on the sheet and fill the tub with enough water to cover it.

Add 2 tbsp of unscented, dye-free laundry detergent to the water and permit the quilt to cook overnight.

Drain the water, refill the tub with clean water and gently squeeze the quilt in sections to get out the soap.

Lay out bathroom towels on a tidy, non-carpeted floor. Use as many towels as you need to equal the size of the quilt.

Expand the quilt apartment on the towels and lay another layer of towels on top of the quilt.

Press the top layer of towels with your hands to absorb as much of the water in the quilt as possible.

Expand a dry sheet outside on the ground in a shady location. Use a sheet that is at least one size bigger than the quilt. Lay the quilt on the sheet to air dry.

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