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I’m not an expert in old fabrics, but I have a friend who has some expertise whose brain I have picked on occasion. If, after washing and drying, you decide the quilt is still a little dingy, you could try soaking it in milk for 2-3 hours before washing it again in the bath.

Milk is a traditional “brightener” and is very gentle. Disclaimer: I haven’t used it on old cotton, but I have used it on wool. Reconstituted dried milk works well and is cheaper than fresh.


- Pip
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