Bed Spread, Cushions, Pillow covers, table linens Bedspreads and comforters make any bedroom cozy and as keep warm on cold nights. When it comes time to clean them, please keep this in mind:
Wash them separately using the gentle or delicate cycle in your washing machine. Use mild detergent. Do not use detergents that contain bleach. Cold water is best for washing these items. Dry on low setting.
You should always use an unscented, liquid based, color-free detergent to wash your quilt. Refrain from using any detergent that contains a fabric softener. Fabric softeners and the scents and dyes in regular detergents can damage the fibers in the fabric and so should be avoided. Whatever you do, never use bleach on your quilt! This will certainly ruin the color and will also damage the fibers in the fabric.
The best way to wash a quilt
For our hand-made quilt, use the following instructions :
Fill the washing machine with cold water (never hot) read the instructions on the detergent bottle to determine how much detergent you will need to use. Add the detergent to the washing machine as it fills with water, but before you put the quilt in the machine!
Stir the water to ensure that the detergent is fully dissolved and there are no remnants of powder or solid detergent that could get stuck on or in the fabric. Put the quilt in the machine and select a cold water wash cycle.
Once the initial wash cycle is complete, run the machine again on a regular cold/cold water wash cycle, but this time without detergent. This ensures that there are no traces of detergent left that may otherwise damage the strands of the fabric.
Once you have finished washing your quilt, you will need to dry it. For most well-made quilts with good quality fabric, it is usually safe to just throw the quilt in dryer and tumble on low, as you would with your clothes.
Also, make sure you are careful to avoid direct sunlight as this can fade the colors in the fabric of the quilt.
Tip #1 - Keep your quilt dry. Find a place where your quilt will get good circulation of cool, dry air. Damp air and moisture can attract mold and mildew and will likely rot the fibers in the fabric and ruin your quilt.
Tip #2 - Wrap your quilt in a cotton sheet. Never store your quilt in a plastic box or plastic wrap as these are non-breathable and will cause moisture to build up. Wrapping your quilt gently in a cotton sheet is a great option as it will protect the fabric from dust and will still let the material breathe.
Tip #3 - Avoid extremes in temperature. Although it may be convenient, it is never a good idea to store your quilts in the attic or cellar as extremes in temperature can be very damaging to a quilt. Changes in temperature can cause stress and deterioration of the fibers in the quilt and excess heat will cause it to dry out.
Tip #4 - Watch out for bugs and mice! When choosing a place to store your quilts, think about how accessible that place might be for small bugs, mice and insects. Garages, attics and sheds are popular havens for rodents and insects and should be avoided at all costs. Cardboard boxes should also be avoided as it is not unknown for mice to chew through the cardboard and harvest fibers from the quilt inside to build their nests!
Tip #5 - Keep your quilt in the dark. Sunlight can be very damaging to a quilt, by breaking down the fibers and fading the colors. Direct sunlight should be avoided at all costs. Be particularly careful when drying your quilt out on a line after washing it. Even the light from fluorescent lighting can be damaging to a quilt over time.
Tip #6 - Use acid-free paper. If you must fold your quilts to store them, you should always place some crumpled acid-free tissue paper in the folds to pad it out and minimize creasing. Remember that creases tend to become permanent over time and the tissue paper will help the quilt keep its shape. It is important to use acid-free paper to do this as conventional tissue-paper contains acids that will stain and corrode the quilt fabrics over time.
Tip #7 - Roll your quilts. If you are short of space then it is preferable to roll your quilts rather than folding them. The rolled quilt can then be kept safely inside a large cardboard tube, but make sure that you line the tube and wrap the quilt in acid free paper first to prevent contamination from the cardboard!
Tip #8 - Keep your quilt away from wood. Be careful where you leave your quilts! Unfinished wood, such as the type often found inside wooden drawers or chests, often contains acids that can damage fabric. If you must store your quilts in these places make sure you line them carefully with acid-free paper before putting the quilt down.