About Caring for Your New Quilt

Fabric Content
This quilt contains cotton fabrics, cotton batting and cotton and rayon threads.

Caring for your quilt
Care should be taken to preserve the beauty and quality of quilted pieces. Often quilts are destroyed by improper care and cleaning. A well-constructed quilt that is properly stitched as per the recommendations of the batting used, should wash beautifully. The weight of a quilt when wet can cause stress to the fibers if lifted improperly or if too much agitation is involved. Woolite, or Ensure Quilt Wash can be used to gently clean quilts using little agitation. Some quilts, because of their size, may need to be dry cleaned, rather than washed. Please see below.

Options for washing the quilt are as follows:

Hand Washing
Delicate or antique quilted pieces must be hand-washed. Using a large tub or clean bathtub, fill with tepid water and add the recommended amount of gentle detergent. Accordion-fold the quilt and place in the tub. Allow the quilt to soak for 10 - 15 minutes. Drain tub and refill with cool water to rinse. Repeat the rinsing process several times to remove all soapy residue. Agitate as little as possible when washing delicate and/or antique quilts. After the quilt is rinsed, blot it dry with towels to absorb moisture and lay the quilt on a flat surface where air can circulate around it to dry.

Machine Washing
If your quilt is in good condition, the washing machine can be used. Fill the machine with tepid water and the recommended amount of gentle detergent. Place the quilt in the machine, gently moving the quilt around with your hands. Allow it to soak for 10 - 15 minutes. Do not run the machine on the agitation cycle. Use the spin cycle to remove the water. Repeat this process to rinse the quilt. Fill with water, hand-agitate, and spin to remove the water. Lay the quilt flat to dry. Once the quilt is partly dry, you can tumble it gently on “low” heat or “air dry” to add slight fluffiness to the quilt.

Dry Cleaning
If you are unable to wash your quilt in either of the above ways (due to size or space considerations), quilts can be dry-cleaned. Sometimes after dry cleaning a quilt it may be necessary to air the quilt as the fibers may temporarily retain some of the dry cleaning fumes. Also, dry cleaning does involve some agitation and harsh substances, which can create additional wear and tear on your quilt.