I made a quilt for my daughter’s bed in the fall, for her birthday. I didn’t really think it through too well, because for her birthday, we decided to get her a new twin size bed and she gave up her toddler bed for good. It’s too bad a quilt can’t stretch to fit!
In any event, she does enjoy her quilt, despite its somewhat diminuitive size. Perhaps a little TOO much. She plays with it a lot. This quilt gets carried around the house and used as a queen’s mantle. It’s also handy, we’ve found, for living room floor “picnics” (no real food, thankfully–all pretend). She says she loves it.
Now my daughter’s quilt is dirty. Not surprisingly. But what do I do?
Yes, I realize I should wash it. Goodness knows, I’ve washed our baby quilts often enough. My younger daughter has a couple of pretty ones that we treasure, but when diapers have failed, we’ve had to wash them. Gently and carefully, but well, to remove any residue.
But this quilt is just a little more special. In two ways: it was my first larger project, and also, it has a mix of reds, blues, yellows, and whites that just seems to scream: “I’ll RUN!” I’ll be honest – I think I prewashed, but I just can’t recall. That’s what a few months of parenting will do to a brain.
There are a couple of odd stains (maybe some juice or illicit candy drool?) on it, front and back, that need to be cleaned.
OK, so I will wash it. I promise. And I even bought a “fabric dye catcher” to put in with it in the washer. But I still have a slew of questions:
– What detergent should I use? I have a front loader and a slew of soaps at home already. Ecos? Unscented Tide? Dreft? Woolite?
– What temp should I use? Cold? Warm?
– Should I use anything specific on the small stains? A woman at a quilt shop in Oregon once recommended Biz. I do love Biz for my kids’ stainy laundry. But is it safe for quilts, really? What about prespotting?
– Does the batting have some impact? I think I used cotton-poly 80/20. But I am having amnesia again. Could have been just cotton. It’s pretty thin.
Help! Any advice welcome!