Whether it is a vintage, collectible, or new quilt, proper care is essential to keep any quilt in good condition. A handmade quilt is an heirloom that can be passed down from one generation to the next, and keeping a quilt in top shape starts with proper care.
Quilts can last for many years with correct storage and cleaning techniques. Some important tips to prolong the life of your quilt:
- Quilts should be stored in an area where there are no extremes in temperature or humidity, such as an attic or basement. Fabric will last longer if it is kept in a temperature-controlled environment.
- Quilts should not come in direct contact with wood or paper, as these contain harmful acids that can discolor fabric. Plastic bags or storage bins should also be avoided, as they can trap moisture or bugs. Instead, store quilts in a cotton sheet or pillowcase, or wrapped in acid-free paper or conservation-quality boxes.
- Many like to have their quilts displayed so that they can be enjoyed.and "store" quilts by displaying them on a specially-designed quilt rack or a spare bed.. It is important to display quilts in an area out of direct sunlight or bright light to avoid fading or discoloration. Quilts can also be stacked in layers on spare beds and rotated frequently.If quilts are folded for storage, it is a good idea to air them out twice a year, and then re-fold them in a different way to prevent permanent creasing.
- Quilts should be washed only when absolutely necessary. Some delicate or vintage quilts could be permanently damaged by washing it. If a vintage quilt is damaged or dirty, a quilt conservation expert should be consulted before attempting to repair or wash it.
With proper care and a little TLC, a treasured quilt can be enjoyed by the current owner and many future generations to come.