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HOW TO WASH A QUILT
How to Wash an Antique Cotton Quilt
It must be understood that there is always a risk in washing an antique
quilt. The fabrics are not as strong as on a new quilt, the colors may run, and
we do not know what chemicals, if any, have been applied to the quilt. With
proper care, a quilt may be washed safely. Use common sense. If the fabrics
look like they are about to break, or if some are already torn, then more
damage will probably occur.
Don't expect any miracles. We are discussing here how to generally clean the
quilt, not get out stains from long ago.
- Test a small area first to make sure that there is no color run. Dip a cotton swab in cold water and rub it on the color in a corner of the quilt. If color comes off on the cotton the color may run.
- Fill your washing machine with cold water. Add a liquid detergent such as
Tide, All, or Cheer. You may also use a product such as Orvus or Mountain Mist
Ensure. We do not recommend anything designed for fine delicate washables such
- Swish the detergent around in the machine and add your quilt. Swish the
quilt around and then let soak for about six to seven minutes.
- Advance your timer to the rinse cycle (You do not let it agitate on the
wash cycle). Swish it around with your hands to rinse. (Again do not let it
agitate) And then let it continue through the spin dry and shut off.
- Preferably dry your quilt by laying it outdoors on bath towels. You can
also dry it inside, over towels, stretched out on the floor or on a spare bed.
- If you have a front loading machine just put the quilt in and use cold water on delicate
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