How To Wash An Antique Quilt

The best way to maintain your vintage quilts is by hand-washing them and letting the fabric dry before storing them. Do you want to learn how to wash an antique quilt? Here we have mentioned some very easy steps to wash an antique quilt.

Freshen the Vintage Quilt

To keep your quilt in the best condition possible, it’s important that you take care of each individual stitch. A good way to do this is by airing out and vacuuming any dust particles from inside or outside with a nylon stocking over an end tube when needed. However, be careful not too much force when Vacuuming because if there are beads/embroidery on top, the fabric type could get damaged!

Test Colorfastness

Check the stitching and fabric for colorfastness. Testing is very simple, all you have to do is wet a cotton swab with cold water, then rub it over each different color or material in your quilt to see if there’s any transfer onto its surface. If so, avoid washing because of how dyed materials will change when exposed during this process!

Fill Washing Basin

When it comes to washing your quilt, start with a clean sink or tub. Make sure the water is cold and free of any cleaning agents which could potentially damage it.

Add Detergent

Instead of using regular liquid soap, try a mild detergent free of dyes and perfumes. It will scatter in the water without leaving residue on your fabric! To brighten colors while softening them at the same time, add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar to both wetness soaking fabrics before bedding down for their night’s rest.


Place the quilt in water and allow it to remain there for at least 10 minutes. Let it gently swim around. Never submerge completely as this may cause damage or irreversible harm!


Before you start, make sure that your space is clear of any obstacles. Drain the soapy water and fill up again with fresh water until it’s free from soap residue.

Remove From Water

When lifting a wet quilt from the tub, use a white sheet to create a sling and allow excess water to drain. Then place it on heavy towels spread out atop the floor before laying down a plastic tarp underneath as protection against damage.

Drying the Quilt

If you want to save your time and energy in drying your quilt, use a towel rack. Place the entire thing on top of it so that each corner gets cooled by an air-flow fan blowing outwards at them while they hang from dryers inside their own little space!

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