If the quilt is made of delicate materials or has intricate stitching, it may be best to have it professionally cleaned. In general, it’s important to follow the care instructions on the label or provided by the manufacturer.
For machine-washable quilts, use a gentle cycle with cool water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, which can damage the fibers and colors.
After washing, the quilt should be air-dried or tumble-dried on low heat. Avoid hanging it up to dry, as this can cause stretching and damage to the fabric.
If you’re unsure about how to wash your quilt, it’s always best to consult a professional or contact the manufacturer for advice.
Dos and don’ts of washing quilts
5-step guide to washing a quilt in the machine
Check the Care Label
Before washing your quilt, check the care label for any specific instructions. If the label recommends dry cleaning or hand-washing, you may need to take your quilt to a professional cleaner.
Pre-Treat Stains (if necessary)
If there are any stains on the quilt, pre-treat them with a stain remover before washing. Allow the stain remover to sit on the stain for a few minutes before washing.
Use a Gentle Detergent and Cold Water
When washing your quilt in the machine, use a gentle detergent and cold water. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, which can damage the fibers and colors.
Wash on a Gentle Cycle
Select the gentle cycle on your washing machine and start the cycle. Avoid washing the quilt with other heavy items, as this can cause damage to the fabric and stitching.
Dry the Quilt
After washing, remove the quilt from the washing machine and gently squeeze out any excess water. Do not wring or twist the quilt, as this can damage the fabric and stitching. Air-dry the quilt or tumble-dry on a low heat setting. If using a dryer, add some clean, dry towels to the dryer to help absorb excess moisture and prevent the quilt from clumping together. Check the quilt regularly while drying and fluff it up to prevent clumping. Once the quilt is dry, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
That’s it! Following these steps should help you wash your quilt safely and effectively in a washing machine.