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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tutorial - How To Clean A Non-Washable Quilt


Crazy quilts, art quilts, antique & vintage quilts....many are not washable or dry cleanable.  So how do you clean them?  It's easier than you think.

All you need is a vacume cleaner and a piece of plastic canvas:


I lay my quilts out on a towel on the floor.  For the most part, decorative quilts are just a bit dusty.  Using your vacume cleaner hose and a piece of plastic canvas will remove any surface dust and hopefully, any dust mites that have made their home on your quilt:


The plastic canvas will hold your quilt & embellishments in place, allowing the dust and dirt particles to be vacumed away through the holes.  I do both the front and the back of the quilt this way.


Just vacume through the plastic canvas.  Vacume with one hand and hold the plastic down with the other.  Move your plastic as you need to until you've cleaned the entire quilt.

To remove any stubborn pet hair, a small piece of masking tape or blue painters tape will working nicely.  Be careful not to pull on your stitches or embellishments.  I use making tape sparingly but it does work to get the cat hair off.

13 comments:

BSOTF said...

Kitty & Me,
Thanks for sharing that helpful hint with all of us. I do love those kinds of quilts.

MosaicMagpie said...

I have seen where they use cheesecloth over the end of the vacuum hose. Using the plastic canvas is better I believe because it creates better protection for the embellishments. Thanks for the tip.
Debbie

Maureen said...

Smart Idea!!

Suz said...

What a creative blog! I really love the variety of things you do and especially appreciated the beaded embroidery. I am branching out and doing some lace and graphic sachets and bought a book to add come beaded embroidery, since I do beading and have a treasure trove of beads. This gives me the idea of the breadth of what one can do (I am a rank beginner!!!)

Suz
Katsui

P.S. Come and visit our blog if you would like. We love traveling, crafting, vintage clothing and vintage jewelry. My daughter and I make upcycled jewelry together. Right now I am getting some swaps ready and there are pictures of Prague and Croatia. We leave on Monday and came for our exchange student son's wedding...a wonderful event!

Jean said...

What a great idea!

Laurie said...

thanks Pam for the great tip!! And by the way, I LOVE this crazy quilt!! How beautiful is that!!!?

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Who woulda thought !!! I have the plastic canvas, now all I need is a crazy quilt....

Thanks for all the tips.
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Francie

debi said...

Now that's a handy bit of info!!! Thanks for sharing Pam!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

This is a great idea Pam! I've heard of doing the same thing with panty hose and the one time I tried it you can guess where the panty hose ended up. I'm going to try this.

Froggy said...

Wow, ingenious. I did wonder that myself! :-)

wendy said...

I was just thinking about that the other day! Thank you for sharing. Wendy

purplepaint said...

Thank you for posting this! I always wondered how you would clean them... Marva

crazyQstitcher said...

Such a nifty idea with no damage to the quilt.
Thanks for sharing.
Maureen

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