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How to Care for and Preserve Quilts


For centuries, quilts have been cherished for the warmth and comfort they provide, as well as their depicts and patterns. They are not only functional but they’re also beautiful pieces of art that can be passed down from generation to generation with ease. Whether you are a quilter, a sewer, or a lover of quilts, it’s important to know how to care for your treasured quilts to keep them in top condition for years to come. Follow these tips from Top Shelf Quilts in Mokena, IL, and check out our quilting classes for more information!




Store Your Quilts Properly

Quilts of all fabrics should be stored in a dry and cool area, out of direct sunlight and away from moisture. To prevent the fabric from becoming brittle and to minimize creases, fold your quilt loosely and store it flat — not rolled up. Whether the quilt will be used for warmth or aesthetic display, our quilt shop knows it’s important to store it carefully when not in use.


Wash Your Quilt Carefully

If you need to wash your quilt, it’s important to do it with care. Use a mild detergent and wash in cool water on a gentle cycle. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as these can damage the fabric and cause discoloration. After washing, hang the quilt in a well-ventilated area to air dry — do not put your quilt in the dryer!


Spot Clean

For minor spills or stains, spot cleaning is your best bet to preserve the quality and look of the quilt. Be sure to use a mild detergent and a clean cloth. Gently blot the affected area, rather than rubbing it, to prevent the stain from spreading. Rinse the area with water and once again let it air dry.


Handle With Care At All Times

When handling a quilt, make sure to support its weight with both hands. Do not pull or tug on the quilt, as this can cause the stitches to come loose and damage the fabric. Our Top Shelf Quilts staff recommend treating this piece of art carefully to ensure it can last years without being damaged. 

Never Dry Clean Your Quilt

Avoid taking your quilt to the dry cleaners as the harsh chemicals used in dry cleaning can damage the fabric and cause it to become discolored. Carefully take on the cleaning of the fabric yourself using the spot method or gentle cycle method listed above.

You can ensure that your quilts remain in good condition for many years when you follow our tips! Browse our Top Shelf Quilts blog for more tips and advice, and look into our quilting classes to start your own sewing project. Shop our online store as well for the best quilting fabric!

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