Help with Stain

I have a stained quilt. I’m not sure how it happened, but it happened. I’m not really upset about it because this quilt isn’t very important to me, but I still want to try to fix it.

I washed this quilt. I didn’t pre-wash any of the print fabrics because they came in fat eighths. I don’t think I washed the white, but it could’ve happened. I’m also not sure if I washed the backing fabric, but that also could’ve happened.

Anyway, I washed the quilt in cold water with quilt soap. I used two of the color catchers. Then I dried it. Here’s what I ended up with…

Stain

 

Stain

 

Stain

 

Those are all different spots on the quilt. Is that from the fabric or is that from my washer? I have a front loading washer. I clean it pretty regularly.

How do I get it out? I could bleach it, but I’m scared of bleach. I’ve thought about Oxyclean. I also have a stain remover bar, but I’ve used it on white fabric before and it’s made it kind of yellow, so I don’t want to use it either. I’ve also considered Tide to Go or Simple Green or some other spot removing spray. What are your suggestions? I’m leaning toward Oxyclean because it seems like a quick and simple fix, but maybe I’m wrong…

  1. Jan’s avatar

    Oh no! Even if it is not a treasure, it is scary to think that the same thing could happen to any quilt! I am not an expert, but I have used oxyclean on vintage fabric with good results. Also I have used Rit dye remover one clothing that has sat in the washer and had color transferred from darks to lighter things.

    Good luck!

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    1. Lesley’s avatar

      Thanks for your help! I bought some Oxyclean this weekend and I’m going to give that a shot.

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    2. Dawn’s avatar

      A friend had something similiar happen to a white quilt, it came from the batting. She had used the natural color batting from Joann’s, can’t think of the name but the one on the big roll. It had little bits of brown flecks in it and they all came through when it got wet. I don’t have a solution but maybe this could explain where it came from.

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      1. Lesley’s avatar

        Was it Warm and Natural? Because that’s what I use. Thanks for the info!!!!

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      2. Lisa’s avatar

        try oxiclean by itself. Make a paste with water, use a tooth brush and wash. If this doesn’t work be more drastic with this next idea. Since I am an art teacher I get stuff on my clothes all of the time. Use oxiclean but mix it with shout. there is a chemical reaction that takes place – it gets warm/hot. Rub it on the stain and immediately put it in the washer. I have done this numerous times with my clothing and stained fabric in quilts. If you let it sit on the fabric for more than 5-7 minutes it might start taking the color of the fabric away. It will work – just be careful

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        1. Lesley’s avatar

          That is awesome! Thank you!! I will definitely try that!

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