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  1. I have inherited my great grandmother’s feather bed. It has a ticking stripe cover that still feels thick and sturdy. The cover is stained and it smells. I want to wash it but wasn’t sure if it would fall apart! Any advise? Gina

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      That’s a tough one, Gina, because it’s so big. I would ask your local cleaners if they have any ideas. But let them know you would want to keep the ticking stripe cover. I think the cover would need to come apart from the feathers, which is a messy job, unless the feathers have another layer around them. If you’re more sentimental about the fabric itself, you could soak it in a non-bleach cleaner like Oxi or Snowy and dry it in the sun to freshen it. If the stains still don’t come out, try my magic formula in this post: https://lorabloomquist.com/how-to-wash-vintage-linens/

  2. Hello, Lora. I enjoyed reading about your enthusiasm for these lovely pillows and covers. I read online that to maintain the feather/down fluff, it is recommended to use surfactant-free “soap”, flakes, etc. Which laundry soap do you use?

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Interesting, Alora, guess I’ve never heard that. I just use a mild, nice smelling laundry soap like Mrs. Meyers and add a little color-safe bleach like Oxy or Snowy. And usually do an extra rinse. Getting them dry is the challenge; just need to be patient and go back and forth from dryer to sunshine. Good luck!

  3. Great tips! I buy vintage, embroidered pillowcases but have never even seen pillows in any of the places where I shop. Nice to know you can machine wash the feather pillows.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I love vintage embroidered pillowcases too, Rachel! My linen closet is overflowing;) Thanks for visiting!

  4. I always fall for these pillows too Lora! I have several in my vintage trailer, they go perfect with the decor!

    Tania

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, Tania! They would be so perfect for a trailer! I think there’s a vintage airstream in my future…

  5. Such a lovely pillow collection, Lora! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks for pinning, Cecilia!