How to Wash a Quilt

A quilt is one of the classiest, most elegant and most romanticized accessories for our beds. They look stunning on our beds, they feel super comfortable to sleep in and, they give a great idea of our taste for fine furnishings.

However, over time, your quilt is bound to get dirty with small stains, hand prints, drinks and colors your children are going to spill. Just even using it for a long time can make it dirty, because our bodies and scalp are constantly shedding dead skin cells and they are falling on every surface we are on. So no matter how hard you try to avoid washing your quilt for the longest time, having to wash it is inevitable.

Do not worry though, because as much as I know that the thought of having to wash your quilt can be daunting since they are rather a delicate and often times an expensive accessory which you want to preserve with all of its beauty, there are actually steps you can take when washing your quilt, which will ensure your quilt is protected and handled with the care it deserves.

How to Wash a Quilt

Here are some of those steps which will help you wash your quilt like a pro!

Guide to Washing your Quilt like an Expert

Before I get started though, I want to advise that you choose to wash your quilt by hand instead of having it washed in the washing machine. If you absolutely have to wash your quilt. I suggest that you better wash it with your hands than in the machine and if it is an antique heirloom, hand-made or the material is vintage.

Then I would recommend that you do not wash it in the machine at all. In case your quilt is antique, you should always wash it with your hands and the washing machine cannot even be an option here.

Take a Good Look at your Quilt

Before you start washing your quilt, you need to thoroughly examine it for any loose threads, seams, or any tear. If your quilt has a few small wears and tears in it, washing it can cause the threads to come loose even more and end up further damaging your quilt.

If you do find that your quilt has some wear and tear or some loose threads, you need to use a sewing kit and properly fix those loose threads and wear and tear.

In any case, if you need help with sewing, then you can always take your quilt to a professional seamstress.

Prepare the Sink

Whether you are planning on washing the quilt in a tub or a sink, you need to make sure of two things. First, check to see if your tub or sink is big enough to properly wash the quilt, and second, inspect your tub or sink to ensure that the surface is clean. You can rinse the washing place once, just to be sure.

Afterward, you need to fill up the sink with cold water. Add a liquid detergent to this water. Remember, you need to use a detergent that is:

  1. Dye-free
  2. Perfume-free
  3. Liquid

You can also choose to purchase a liquid detergent that is soap specially made for washing quilts.

Allow the Quilt to Soak in the Detergent Solution

After you have made this detergent solution, take your quilt and gently submerge it entirely in the solution. Move the quilt around in the water gently with your hands to make light foam. Then, just leave your quilt soaked and allow it to rest for fifteen to twenty minutes.

After about twenty minutes, drain all of the detergent water from your tub/ sink. Fill the sink with fresh water again and mix distilled white vinegar in about half a cup. The vinegar makes the quilt soft after the wash and makes sure that any residues of the detergent have been lifted off the fabric.

Allow your quilt to soak in this vinegar water for another minute or two.

Rinsing your Quilt

Drain your tub/ sink again with all the water and fill it one more time with cool and fresh water. Move your quilt around in the water to gently agitate it, so that all of the remaining detergent and vinegar has been thoroughly rinsed off the quilt.

Dry the Quilt

After you have properly rinsed your quilt, drain the basin of all the water for the last time and take your quilt out of it. Let me warn you that a wet quilt is fairly heavy so lifting it is definitely a two-person job.

Do not try to wring out your quilt because that will put pressure on it and, you absolutely must not hang it on your clothesline, because that will not be able to take the weight of a wet quilt and the seams may start to tear.

The best option for drying your washed quilt is using a drying rack. You can carefully lay your quilt full flat on top of the drying rack and turn on the fan or leave a window open in that room for drying it faster.

Another great idea is to make a bed made out entirely of dry, clean towels. You can then lay your quilt on this setting and turn on the fan or keep a window open just as same. You can also lay more dry towels on top of the quilt so that water can be soaked up from all sides of the quilt.

Additional Q and A for Washing Quilts

How often should one wash a quilt?

If you use a quilt regularly, then I suggest you wash it once every season. Moreover, if you own a quilt that is a vintage heirloom and, you do not use it that often, then you should wash that once a year at most.

How do you clean stains or small spots in a quilt?

If you see small spots or stains on your quilt but you don’t think that your quilt needs a full-blown wash, then here are the steps on how you can clean only those spots.

  1. Start with making a solution of distilled water and white vinegar.
  2. Soak the stained areas with this solution using a paper towel or tissue paper.
  3. Rinse that area with cool water or use a clean towel to dab on it.

How does one care for your quilt?

Caring for your quilt is quite easy because it requires little maintenance and effort. The first thing you can do is lay your quilt flat on your bed. This will ensure that your quilt does not get any creases and is kept fresh.

In case you do not own a spare bed, you can fold up your quilt, place it inside a cotton bag and keep it in a closet. Make sure your closet is dark and has a dry temperature.

Remember to not store your quilt in a humid space.

After every one to two months, take out your quilt and place it outside in the air and sunlight (not directly under the sunlight though). After a good couple of hours of bathing in the air and sun, fold it up in a different pattern than before and store it in the same place again.

Closing Thoughts

And there you have it. All you need to know about washing quilts and taking care of them.

I hope my article on how to wash your quilt was helpful to you.

Best of luck!

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