Help me rescue a bedspread thats’ shrunk
I need a solution to a problem. This is a pretty creative bunch, hopefully something will emerge that can help me out.
OK, so I was helping around the house and doing laundry. One of the cats decided to “mark” the new bedspread. I put it in the wash, then dried it. And it shrunk from Queen side to Twin size. When I informed my wife, she said “oh, that was VERY expensive!! It cost me $300 and that was marked down from $600!”
Now, in my defense, I had told her about the cat incident earlier that day, and she did nothing to warn me. The LAST bedspread we had was machine washable.
But the prosecutor will ask “did you look at the care label” and I’ll have to admit I didn’t, and it clearly says “Dry clean only”. So I’m screwed on the blame thing.
Anyway… anyway… I think there’s hope. I found a formula for relaxing shrunken cloth: First, soak in a solution of Borax, pull the fabric back into shape, and then soak in vinegar solution. I tried it on one small corner of the bedspread and it seemed to work.
So, here’s the problem: How do I soak and then methodically stretch the entire bedspread, in both directions, and stretch it evenly? I was thinking about wrapping it on to a spool of 10″ PVC pipe or something and then winding it onto ANOTHER spool; or something along those lines. but that seems like a big project, and it takes quite a bit of effort to stretch even a small area, so perhaps I need to do it one square foot at a time… I dont’ know… this is where I hit a wall in my thinking
PS: The label says 100% egyptian cotton, and it would appear that there’s a “grid” of threads in the fabric on a diagonal about 2″ square that has shrunk, gathering the rest of it up.
Edited 4/4/2007 6:57 pm ET by geoffhazel