“Quilts are often our childhood memories that have been passed down as an heirloom for generations”
Many often say that the warmth of a quilt is often more comforting than the synthetic factory made blankets. An ancient form of handicraft, quilts require lots of tender love and care to last through ages. “Quilts feels like home”, that is what most will say.
Quilts are used every other day, especially in countries with lower temperatures all year round. So they are bound to get dirty, however careful you are. These delicately handwoven natural blankets cannot be simply tossed into the washing machine.
People who have done that, most often never saw the quilt in its former glory ever again. To understand how to clean quilts, one must know a bit more about the make and aspects of the quilt being used.
Just like fingerprints, no two quilts will ever be the same. From fabric used in it to the stitches and the fillers, it will always be different. That is what makes it one of the most unique and preferred sources of warmth and comfort.
Washing quilts the right way
This is one of the most preferred methods of washing quilts. It is easy, money-saving and definitely much more effective in caring for the condition of the quilt.
Quilts can be washed in a washing machine but under specific settings and guidelines. It is fast and less strenuous on the body.
Drying the quilt
Quilts need to be dried under special guidelines. It cannot be spun dry in a washing machine, nor can it be squeezed and contorted after handwashing.
Maintaining the quilt
Quilts can stay in a very good condition for a long time if it is well maintained. Instead of washing quilts regularly, it is best to do it once every 3 months or so.
However, Baby quilts are a different matter. Those can be easily washed and dried regularly as they are much more resistant to wear and tear.
Do’s and Don'ts of caring for a quilt
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Points to note before deciding to wash a quilt
As stated, no two quilts are similar, regardless of the technique and fabric used in making them. SO careful evaluation is important before washing it. Some major factors to consider includes-