How to Get Stains Out of Quilts

Quilts are expensive because they take many hours to make and often comprise a number of different fabrics. You need to clean stains as soon as you notice them so that they don't become permanent. Treat your quilts as you would other delicate fabrics. Use the baking soda method to clean acid-based stains.

Baking Soda

Clean your quilt as soon as you notice a stain.
  1. Spread baking soda over the stain on the quilt.
  2. Sprinkle a few drops of water over the baking soda so that it is slightly damp.
  3. Rub the baking soda paste into the cloth. The baking soda is a mild abrasive that will loosen the stain.
  4. Rinse the quilt with warm water.
  5. Let the quilt air dry completely.

Oxygen Bleach

  1. Mix powdered oxygen bleach with water according to the manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning fabrics.
  2. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain with a clean cloth. Dab the stain until you've removed it. Do not rub too vigorously, as you might spread the stain or work it further into the quilt.
  3. Gently brush the stain with a toothbrush.
  4. Rinse the stain with clear warm water.
  5. Let the quilt air dry completely.

Baby Shampoo

  1. Mix 2 tbsp. baby shampoo with 2 tbsp. warm water. Baby shampoo is gentler than other types of detergents and will not damage the quilt.
  2. Rub the solution onto the quilt stain with a cloth.
  3. Gently brush the stain with a toothbrush if it is still visible.
  4. Rinse the area with clear water.
  5. Let it air dry completely.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Baby shampoo

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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