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Washing Your Quilts

Washing Your Quilts

If the quilt is made of cotton and there are no obvious holes, it may be possible to wash it. First, you must test the colors for fastness. This is done by placing a damp piece of white blotting paper on each colored piece and patting it gently. If any color comes out, do not wash the quilt, although it may be dry cleaned if really necessary. Also, if the fabrics are glazed, like the pre-1980s chintzes, they need to be dry cleaned or you will lose the glazing.

After the 1980s some cottons were glazed with a plastic coating, and these should be washed and not dry cleaned. If you are buying a quilt from the maker, make sure that you get the cleaning instructions as well as asking if the fabrics have been pre-shrunk in case you want to wash the quilt in the future.

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