Repairing Childhood Blanket?

A blanket that has been left outside in the weather.My childhood blanket was used recently (well, a few months ago) as a kennel cover for a friend's puppy and my husband has left it outside in the rain since then. My grandmother made it to be able to fold into a pillow as well (hence the extra fabric piece at the bottom). There is also places missing that were there before he left it outside. Is there a way to salvage it and remove the mold without further damage? (P.s. he's already upset with himself about it)


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June 10, 20211 found this helpful
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You could try soaking it in a large bucket, tote, kiddie pool, or even your bathtub, in a water and oxi-clean solution. If that doesn't take out all the mold, next try a water and bleach mix. While it soaks, slosh it around every so often. Once the mold is gone (or faded as much as possible), squeeze as much water out as you can. Then rinse the same way as the soaking, followed by hand squeezing out all the water you can. Then place onto a clean sheet draped over a flat surface such as a picnic or patio table, and let dry flat. As far as the cloth itself, it is pretty far gone as to repairing, but you could sew up another whole outside covering and baste the layers together to hold old blanket to new fabric (or sheet). If you don't sew, maybe ask a friend that does. Good luck and let us know what happens.

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June 11, 20210 found this helpful
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Kill the mold, then remove the stains.

  • First you need to kill the mold.
  • Put the blanket outside in full sunlight for several hours.
  • Then turn it to expose the other side.
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  • The ultraviolet rays from the sun will damage the mold's dna and prevent it from growing.
  • The sunlight itself may remove the stain or some of it. To fully remove the stains, wash it in a dilute water bleach solution. Be careful with the bleach which will cut the fabric if it is too strong. You could also try oxiclean. You may have to replace the missing fabric. Perhaps you could find appropriate fabric from a dress or apron of your grandmother's. If that isn't possible you could have a photo of your grandmother transferred onto fabric. There are several do it yourself ways on the internet to transfer photos onto fabric.
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June 12, 20210 found this helpful
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I'm not sure but it really looks like you may not be able to save this blanket due to there being so many missing pieces and I feel sure the material has been badly compromised by the outside weather - evening & morning dew/sunshine/rain - all of this will have had a deterioration effect on the material.


If you wish to salvage any of this memento I would suggest you handle it very carefully and handle it as little as possible. Do not do anything to it that would cause any friction or it may come apart even further.

The following site has several suggestions for removing mold but do not do any of the things that call for washing in a machine (I would not even try it in a lingerie bag as I believe it is much too fragile.
You can try something like white vinegar/water and leave in sunshine to dry as the sunshine will help to remove the mold.

You may have to make a backing for the blanket if you wish to preserve any part of it. If you attach it a backing you could also mend the holes by sewing around the edges of the hole attached to the backing. maybe even a decorative stitch.


But, no matter how you do it, most like this will have to be handled very little in the future.

Here are a couple of links that may offer more suggestions:

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June 22, 20210 found this helpful
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Mold spores spread easily and multiply quickly. Keep this blanket outside in the sun and fresh air. If the mold stains are fresh, this may be enough to kill the mold. Then you can use this: make a paste from 3 parts baking soda and 2 parts white vinegar (mix), then apply this paste into the mold stain and allow the blanket to sit for at least 30 minutes.


Wash the blanket and examine the blanket (do not place the blanket in the dryer). If stains are still present, then apply a paste of lemon juice and salt on stains and allow the blanket to dry in a sunny location.
Then rinse and allow the blanket to dry completely outside in the sun.

It seems to me that your blanket is a little old and trying to bleach stains could damage it a lot. So it's better to sew a new cover for him like quilt, for example, using patchwork technique. Here you can learn how to do it

And don't be upset. It's just a blanket. It's time to turn it into something original.

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June 10, 20210 found this helpful

I would soak it in a diluted bleach solution, wash gently and dry in the sun.

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