How To Clean A Quilt — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

For newer quilts made with quality fabric, wash in the washing machine with cold water on the gentle cycle with a low sudsing, mild detergent like Dreft or Woolite. If your quilt is delicate, or fraying you might want to skip this step. Once you’ve finished your cocoa, go back outside and sweep the snow off. To be extra safe, pull some pantyhose over the brush and then vacuum. Flip the quilt over and repeat. I am a quilt hoarder. I’ve never paid more than $50 for a quilt (but only because of budget restraints, believe me, I know the more expensive ones are worth every penny!), so this means that I’m often purchasing them from yard sales or thrift shops. If you have a newer quilt with strong stitches you can more than likely put it in the dryer on low, however, if you are treating a vintage or antique quilt, its best to lay it flat or hang it over a clothesline or tub to dry. As always, proceed with caution and test a small, inconspicuous part of your quilt before cleaning with any solutions. I used Dr. (Image credits: Ashley Poskin) There are special quilt soaps you can purchase, Orvus Quilt Soap, or Charlie’s Soap are fantastic and recommended by quilt enthusiasts. If you’ve got a quilt made with wool fabric (sometimes you’ll see these very old quilts made with recycled wool suits), lay it outside just after a good, fresh snow. Try to give your quilts some room to breathe when storing them, and never ever put them in plastic bags for extended periods of time! Bronner’s castile soap on one of my more delicate, vintage quilts that I hand washed in the tub. If it needs a bit more attention, try vacuuming it on the lowest setting using the brush attachment. My good friend and quilt designer Amy Gibson was gracious enough to offer me a few tips on how to clean new quilts after finding out I had made the horrible mistake of taking one to the dry cleaner earlier this year. No matter the style, if the price is right it’s coming home with me.

Updated: 06.12.2014 — 03:03