I'm a bachelor. I have a large quilt or maybe it's not really a
quilt, but a thick warm blanket. It's been on my bed for several
years and really needs to be washed. I have a normal home washing
machine, not just one of those small apartment sized ones. This
blanket will NOT fit in my machine. I live in the country, not where
there is a laundromat. How the heck do I wash this thing?
About all I can think is to toss it in the bathtub, wash by hand, and
somehow hang it to drip dry.
1 - Take it with you the next time you have to go into the "big city"
and plan your schedule around washing it in one of the bigger machines
while you run some errands or visit a friend then transfer it to the
dryer and run/visit some more.
2 - Ship it to mom/a relative/a friend and have them wash it for you
and ship it back.
Wait for warmer weather. If it is a quilt - layers of fabric with
fluffy stuff between sewn together -
it should not be tightly wrung or lifted without support while it is
wet, as that can break stitching.
Is it one color? Cotton fabric or knitted? If it is a quilt, then just
slosh it around in the bathtub
with mild detergent and tepid water. If it has heavy soil and it is
colorfast, then you can probably
go with hot water. Look for a tag. Washing in a tub is easy. Just
wash till water turns clean,
empty tub and run two fresh water rinses. Move it around so water moves
through it. Drain water,
roll it up to express extra water. Put into plastic bag or tub to take
it outside. You can walk on it
to squeeze out all the extra water - roll it in a couple of clean old
bath towels. Now lay a clean
sheet on the lawn when the grass is high and ready to be mowed. Lay the
quilt on the sheet, right
side down in the sun. Hanging it over a hedge works well, too, if you
have one. Only way I do
If it has a tag that says "dry clean", then washing is risky. If it has
very thick batting (the stuffing) or
all cotton batting, it can get lumpy after it is wet. One reason to
support it's weight, so's the
stuffing doesn't shift to one side of the sewn spaces.
Exactly. And before tubs. Even in the country there are streams.
Take it to a stream and wash it on the rocks. I saw this in Honduras,
and it seemed to work quite well. The advantage of a stream over a
lake is that you get a continuous supply of water. Be sure to use
soap or detergent with no phosphates. We don't want to damage our
environment. (The dirt will sink to the bottom to replenish the
Grin, Greg, common problem really but not one I've seen asked before. Yes,
you can do this in the bathtub or if you have a large 'washtub' that you can
take outside, thats a little easier since you won't have to transport a
heavy drippy 'blanket/quilt' outside.
If it's colorsafe or all one color, (and doesnt have a dryclean only tag)
you can use your normal washingmachine soap and just cold water from a hose.
It's better to wash it twice with 1/2 the normal amount of soap because
you'll find the soap is a bit hard to get out. Since you say it is blanket
like, I can assume no cotton filler? That will make it easier and you wont
have lumpy cotton batting that wads up on you.
The best way to dry it is to lay it out flat or over something big. My
neighbor washes his car then uses the top for the heirloom quilt drying
rack. He parks his car in my driveway so it's shaded by our communal tree
(keeps the sun from fading it but now and again he has to spot clean a bird
In winter, he borrows 2 of our sawhorses to add to his and makes a frame in
his garage to dry it there.
Now if it's dryclean only, you can chance it with woolite (or a woolite
knockoff) if you want. Same process. No guarentee there but thats how I do
my queen sized 'mink blankets' I got in Thailand and Korea. If yours are
that type or sound near it, let me know and I can get more specific for
On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 16:39:31 -0600, gregpatton@ho__ail.com wrote:
Take it next time you go to the city and use a large coin-op washing
machine. If the laundrymat has an extractor (not too common), all the
better. Be careful not to allow the quilt to be wet for more than a
day to avoid mold/mildew.
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