Can You Wash a Quilt in The Washing Machine?

Can You Wash a Quilt in The Washing Machine?

Quilts are one of the most commonly used household items. The cleaning or maintenance of quilts is a question that many people want to know. Many people wonder if they can wash their quilts in a washing machine without damaging them. This article explores all aspects of machine-cleaning quilts, providing a comprehensive guide.

What is a Quilt

A quilt is a textile product that consists of 3 layers: a decorative top layer, a middle layer of batting, and a bottom layer, all held together by stitching. This stitching is known as quilting and often adds a decorative, intricate pattern, such as a ginkgo leaf quilt.

  • Surface: 100% combed cotton
  • Interlayer: 70% combed cotton + 30% soy protein fiber
  • Inner layer: 100% combed cotton

Quilts are often used as blankets or bedspreads for warmth and decoration. It can also be used to decorate furniture.

Notes on Cleaning Quilts

Quilts usually come with a care label, so read the care label on your quilt before washing it. Manufacturers provide specific washing instructions to determine cleaning methods. Here are some cleaning considerations.

Quilt Condition

Check your quilt for loose threads, seams, or holes. It needs to be repaired before cleaning to prevent further deterioration.

Washing Machine or Quilt Size

Cotton quilts, especially queen or king-size quilts, can be bulky. Make sure your washing machine has enough capacity to handle the quilt without overcrowding it. Overloading the machine can prevent proper cleaning and cause damage to your quilt and washer.

Such as quilt size:

  • Full: 59"W x 79"L (150cm x 200cm)
  • Queen: 79"W x 90"L (200cm x 230cm)
  • King: 86"W x 94"L (220cm x 240cm)
Washing Machine or Quilt Size

How to Wash a Quilt in a Washing Machine

If your comforter is machine washable, follow these steps to ensure safe and effective cleaning:

1. Pretreat Stains

Before washing, check the quilt for stains—Pretreat stains with a mild stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals as they can damage the fabric.

2. Choose The Right Cleaner

Choose a mild, dye-free, fragrance-free cleanser. Harsh detergents can weaken fabric fibers and cause fading.

3. Choose The Right Wash Cycle

Set your washing machine to mild cold water mode. Hot water can shrink or damage the quilt's fabric and batting. Gentle circulation reduces agitation, minimizing the risk of damage.

4. Put The Quilt In The Washing Machine

Place the quilt in the washing machine, making sure the quilt is evenly distributed. Adding some clean, color-fast towels can help balance the load and provide extra cushioning.

5. Run Additional Flush Cycles

Quilts may contain detergent residue that may irritate skin. The rinsing cycle can be appropriately extended to ensure that the detergent can be completely washed away.

6. The Correct Way To Dry Your Quilt

After washing, the quilt must be properly dried to prevent mold. Ideally, air drying is the safest method. Lay the quilt flat on a clean surface, preferably outside in the shade, or on a clothes drying rack. If you must use a dryer, choose a low heat setting and check your quilt frequently to prevent overheating.

How to Wash a Quilt in a Washing Machine

Wash Quilt Tips

  • Washing frequency: Quilts do not need to be washed frequently. Frequently used quilts can be washed once a season or only need to be washed when they become dirty.
  • Decorative Quilt: Quilts with embellishments such as beads, embroidery, or applique require extra care. Turn the quilt inside out when washing to protect the inside, and use a mesh laundry bag when possible.

Machine Washable Alternatives

For quilts not suitable for machine washing, consider the following alternatives:

  • Manual cleaning: Fill a bathtub or large basin with cold water and a small amount of mild detergent. Soak the quilt in the water and stir the water gently with your hands. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, then roll up the quilt in a clean, dry towel and squeeze out the excess water.
  • Professional Cleaning: For valuable or delicate quilts, professional cleaning is usually the safest option. Find a cleaner who specializes in quilts or textiles to ensure proper care.
  • Spot Cleaning: For minor stains or dirt, spot cleaning can be effective. Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth and a mild detergent solution, then rinse with clean water.

Things To Note When Storing Quilts

Use Breathable Storage Bags

It is recommended to use breathable cotton or linen storage bags instead of plastic bags. Although plastic bags can prevent dust, they are not breathable and can easily cause mold and odor in the quilt.

Add Insect Repellent

You can put some insect repellent, such as mothballs or camphor wood, where the quilt is stored to prevent insect infestation. But make sure the insect repellent does not come into direct contact with the quilt. You can put the insect repellent into a small bag and place it in a corner or on a shelf in the storage area.

Keep Dry

Make sure the environment where the quilt is stored is dry. You can place some desiccants, such as silica gel bags, in the storage area to absorb excess moisture.

Regularly check the humidity in the storage area, especially in humid seasons or areas, and increase the use of desiccant if necessary.

In Conclusion

The biggest concern when cleaning household items is washing them out of shape. On this point, we also have a guide for you on how to clean sofa covers without shrinking.

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How Do You Wash a Quilt Without Ruining It?

To wash your quilt, set the washer to a gentle, delicate cycle with cold water only. Add a dye- and perfume-free detergent. For bulkier blankets like quilts, recommended to use a large-load capacity washing machine. If your quilt is king-size, use a large, front-loading washing machine.

Can I Put the Quilt in the Dryer?

You can put the quilt in the dryer but do so with caution. Use low heat and a gentle drying setting to avoid snagging, tearing, or other damage to your quilt. You can add wool dryer balls or clean tennis balls when drying to help the quilt dry faster. If you prefer to air dry, lay the quilt flat on a large, clean surface to dry, as the quilt may be too heavy to hang to dry.

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