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 Post subject: Proper cleaning of 115 year old quilt?
Post Posted: Nov 11, 2017 9:50 am 
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Any antique experts out here know if it acceptable to clean an antique quilt? If it is possible, is there a proper method and solution in which to soak?


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Call the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. 303-277-0377 You need to be very careful. The fabric may not be colorfast.


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Thank you so very much. Your help is appreciated.


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Post Posted: Nov 12, 2017 8:18 am 
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Yes, do call the museum. I have always used a horse blanket soap on old quilts because it does not fade colors. Our modern laundry soaps have all kinds of special chemicals in them. Good luck.


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I would also tap into the knowledge of the members of the RMQM before attempting to clean/launder an antique quilt.

Personally, I've never done more than air one out (equally supporting the weight of the quilt to protect delicate/degraded fabric, seams & thread) or gently spot cleaning with a gentle soap. No scrubbing or saturating. If yours lives tucked away, you should take it out and refold it every few months. This prevents permanent creases from forming in the fabric. Using wads of acid-free tissue in those folds will help as well. Don't display in full sun. Sunlight will fade and damage exposed fabric.

The RMQM can teach you everything you need to know about the "care & feeding" of antique textiles. Enjoy it!

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I'm sure the RMQM cam help you.

We would love to see your quilt. Can you post a photo and maybe some history of the quilt?


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Good golly this is exciting! Meeting others interested in antique quilts is a dream I've had for years. I will indeed post pictures this week. One is from my family, made by women living on the Sioux Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota ( I have questions about the batting in this one) and the 2nd quilt is handed down in Louisiana (Baton Rouge) from my employers family. She (my boss) asked me to look into having it cleaned. I immediately thought of Pinecam because I've seen wise advise given on here. Thank you so much for your interest and guidance. Pictures coming soon.


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You may be interested in having your quilts "documented" by the Colorado Quilt Council.
https://0383ee6.netsolhost.com/wordpres ... mentation/

The CQC has been documenting old and new quilts throughout the state for several decades now. Preserving the history of antique quilts is important. It doesn't matter if the quilts were made in Colorado or not.

The documentation locations and schedule for 2018 has not been posted yet. They are conducted during the warmer months all around the state. They are very exciting to attend.


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