How to wash a Quilted Cotton Quilt

How to wash a Quilted Cotton Quilt


Washing a handmade quilted cotton quilt requires some care to preserve its beauty and integrity. Here's a general guide to help you:

Check for Colorfastness: Before washing the quilt, test a small inconspicuous area to ensure the colors won't bleed. (All our quilts are pre washed however if they are indigo dyed they will lose colour for the first 1 - 2 washes) 


    Spot Clean if Needed: If there are specific stains or spots, spot clean them using a gentle detergent and a soft brush or cloth.

    Choose the Right Washing Method: You can either hand wash or machine wash the quilt, depending on its size and your preference.

    • Hand Washing: Fill a bathtub or large basin with lukewarm water and a mild detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Submerge the quilt and gently agitate the water with your hands to distribute the detergent. Let it soak for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water until the water runs clear.
    • Machine Washing: Use a front-loading washing machine if possible, as it's gentler than a top-loading machine with an agitator. Wash the quilt on a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as they can damage the fabric.


    Be Gentle: Whether hand washing or using a machine, handle the quilt gently to prevent stretching or damaging the delicate quilting stitches.


    Avoid Aggressive Wringing or Twisting: After washing, gently press the excess water out of the quilt by rolling it in a clean towel. Avoid wringing or twisting, as this can misshape the quilt and stress the seams.


    Drying: Lay the quilt flat on a clean, dry towel or on a drying rack in a shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight and heat, as they can cause fading and shrinkage. Periodically adjust the quilt's position to ensure even drying. If using a dryer, use a low heat setting and add some clean tennis balls or dryer balls to help fluff the quilt and prevent clumping.

    Storage: Once the quilt is completely dry, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture. Avoid folding it along the same lines repeatedly to prevent creasing. Consider storing it in a breathable cotton bag or pillowcase to protect it from dust and pests.

        By following these steps, you can safely wash your handmade quilted cotton quilt and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

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