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UNDER COVER – HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR QUILTS

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Created by loving hands, and taking hours and hours to complete, quilts are very special.  Quilts are a wonderful addition to one’s bedding this time of year; but, unlike the everyday cotton blanket or throw, quilts must be cleaned with the utmost of care.  And unfortunately, a handmade quilt doesn’t come with a “care” label with instructions on how to care for it.  Below are some tips to keep that handmade, precious family heirloom looking great for many years to come.

 

  1. Quilts can generally be both washed or dry cleaned.  Your quilt only needs to be cleaned one time/year unless you have pets or children, or have spilled something on the quilt.  Then you would want to clean it a tad more frequently.
  2. If the fabrics used in making the quilt were not washed prior to making the quilt, it should be tested for colorfastness.  Test the fabrics by taking a damp, white cloth, and rub over the various fabrics in the quilt.  If one fades onto the cloth, that fabric isn’t color fast, and should be dry cleaned, not washed.
  3. If your quilt has a lot of lacy, puffy appliqué work, have it dry cleaned in order to preserve the handiwork.
  4. When washing a quilt, set on delicate cycle and use a very mild detergent.  Keep the colors bright by adding half a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.
  5. You can partially dry the quilt in the dryer on a low setting, but then finish drying it on a rack, or many people like to spread it out over the grass to dry in the sun.
  6. Lastly, when storing your quilt, have it cleaned first.  Then air it out, fold it, and store it in a cotton or muslin bag…never a plastic bag.  You can also wrap it in a white cotton sheet.  About every two months, take the quilt out and fold it in a different direction and re-wrap it in order to avoid permanently creasing the quilt.
  7. When removing from storage for use, lay it out on the grass to air out for a while prior to placing it on your bed.
  8. Never iron a quilt.

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Written by koalatycleaners

January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. Thank you for the information. I have quilted for many years and I generally wash my fabrics prior to sewing however I have some older quilts that were made by family members and I have been very afraid to wash them.

    Nanette

    January 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm


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