How To Clean a Vintage/Antique Quilt Top
I’m a little particular about the smells and condition of the quilt tops I work on, for myself and customers. I have a terrible mold/mildew allergy, so there is no tolerance for them in a quilt top! I have found a few things that work well for me. Here we go…..
AMMONIA, is the secret to removing mold and mildew. I soak 1 part ammonia to 7 parts water in the bathtub, overnight. Every now and then I go in and give it a good stir and a squish.
The next day I gently squeeze out water, rinse, repeat, at least 3 or 4 times. You will find the water is so dirty and smelly that once or twice is just not enough! I rinse until there is no more brown in the water. I squeeze out all the water I can without twisting or wringing. Then I lay it out on the grass for most of the day. Depending on the fabric and the stitching, I might air fluff it in my dryer for about 20 minutes.
This quilt had a lot of “tea” stained areas due to age, so it got a second soak for the staining AFTER it was quilted with a product called Retro Clean. It comes in powder form and I also mix it in the bathtub and let it soak overnight. Same process, squish out all the water and then lay outside for a good sun soak. I definitely give it some time in the dryer for a softening.
This quilt came out looking brand new when it was finished! It’s initial bargain price of $10 took a little work to get to the finish, but all worth it at the end!
I used an all over sunflower pattern for the quilting.
I love the vintage fabrics and especially how white and bright it became!
Need a vintage quilt, quilted, and wonder what it would cost? This top was 80″ x 90″, which is 7,200 sq inches. I charge 2 cents per sq in for an edge to edge design, totaling $144 for the quilting. Add in 3 yds of batting at $10/yd and the total is $174. Shipping both ways will also run about $20-$30, depending on the size of your quilt. That’s it in a nutshell! Email for a quote and time frame!