"Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a
tidy soul." --Mark Twain
Quilt Care Tips
With reasonable use and proper
care Legacy Quilts can be expected to cover and enrich generations of
The following tips on quilt care
will help prolong the life of your quilt, helping to preserve its colors and
Direct sunlight is the worst
enemy of quilts, causing colors to fade and promoting fiber deterioration.
Select a display location or use on a bed that does not receive direct
Washable quilts can be
laundered in the delicate/slow cycle of your washing machine. Use COLD water
(never hot) and a reputable, mild soap. (Quilt Wash or a
similar product is recommended.) Do not use bleach. Hang dry out of direct
If washing by hand, use cold
or lukewarm water in a large basin or tub. Rinse the quilt well to remove all
soap. To remove excess water, squeeze gently. Never wring or twist, as this
may break the quilting and sewing threads. Squeeze the quilt and then roll it
up between two thick towels to absorb excess water.
Do not dry a wet quilt in an
automatic dryer. The best way to dry a quilt is to lay it flat on a clean
sheet or towel, although you may also hang quilts to dry. Again, avoid direct
Do not dry-clean a soiled
quilt. Many quilts have been ruined by dry cleaning. The best way to remove
stains and oils is by spot treating with mild soap and then washing in water
using a reputable, mild washing soap. Avoid harsh detergents. Never use
bleach. (Quilt Wash or a similar product is recommended.)
Surface dust accumulations
can be removed from the quilt by tumbling for a few minutes in an automatic
dryer on the air fluff cycle (no heat).
A fabric hanging sleeve can
be sewn to the back of the quilt, enabling it to be hung for display. Thread
the quilt over a sturdy dowel, curtain rod, or lattice, and mount to a wall.
can also be folded and draped over a sturdy wall-mounted or floor display. If
using this method, be sure to place a piece of fabric, such as a pillowcase,
between the quilt and any raw wooden surface to protect the fabric from the
months, quilts should be hung upside down for a few days to relax the fibers.
When not in use, store the
quilt in a dry, clean and dust-free location. Moisture and contact with wood
are harmful to quilts. Place the quilt in an all-cotton pillowcase, made from
cotton muslin or an old sheet. Do not store the quilt in a plastic bag, as
plastic does not allow the fabric to breathe properly. Do not let the quilt contact
the wood of shelves or drawers, or the quilt may become stained.
If the quilt is stored for a
long period of time, check the quilt every few months to detect any early
signs of damage from insects, wood or moisture. Refold the quilt along
different fold lines to prevent any folds from becoming permanent.
Note: Quilts are not for infant sleeping.
NEVER put a quilt in a bassinet or crib with a child.