I think every home needs a quilt. There is just so much nostalgia and Americana wrapped up in these pieces and a soft, much-loved quilt is the perfect thing for summer picnics in the grass, or napping on a rainy afternoon. Even if you don't consider your style to be country chic (which I don't) there is still a place for a quilt in your home. So I have been on the hunt for quite some time now for the perfect vintage quilt. My search was over when these two beautiful quilts were gifted to me! I just LOOOVE them! Because I have never owned a quilt before, I needed to do some internet research on how to clean and care for them. Most of what I read said that quilts must be hand washed, and air dried. However which a little caution, I was able to clean mine in the washing machine...here is what I did.
DISCLAIMER: Proceed with caution when using this method. It is not the recommended cleaning technique for old quilts. It is simply what worked for me. Wash at your own risk!
- Check the condition of your quilt. If there are any rips, tears, or holes repair them before doing any type of cleaning.
- Check to see if the colored portion of your quilt is color-fast, meaning the colors won't run. Do not proceed if the quilt is not color-fast.
- Fill your washing machine with warm water, and a minimal amount of gentle laundry soap.
- Put one quilt into the water at a time. Use your hands only...no agitation.
- Let the quilt soak if it is dirty or stained.
- Drain the water, and refill again without soap this time. Let soak for a few minutes.
- Spin the quilt to remove excess water...remember to keep the quilt from agitating.
- Let the quilt air dry over the bathtub or outside on a clothes line.