Caring for your Quilt
Caring for your bedding is essential not only for a healthy night’s sleep but also to protect your investment.
There are 3 areas to consider when caring for your quilt.
Before getting into how to wash your quilt it is important to highlight We always recommend following the washing instructions on the labels of the products.
When it comes to washing your quilt it is very dependent on the type of quilt you have to how the quilt should be washed.
We recommend that your quilt is washed/dry clean at least once per year.
Following is our recommendations on the quilts that we stock at the Manchester factory and may be useful.
Down & Feather Range
Majority of down products are to be dry cleaned only or spot cleaned if an area becomes soiled.
Care instructions provided by the manufacturer:
Before using your new quilt, “fluff-up” and air it thoroughly for a few hours. This allows the genuine duck down feather to breathe. Periodic airings will keep it fresh. Dry clean or hand wash with mild soap and water, rinse well, dry without delay in a medium to low heat dryer.
Washing cotton and Bamboo quilts can be quite simple but these quilts must be washed in the correct temperature cold gentle wash and a non-harsh chemical and skip the fabric softener.
This is one to pay close notice to care instructions provided by the manufacturer as some wool quilts are machine washable and some are Dry Clean only.
When washing wool quilts, we recommend a gentle and warm wash and using a gentle detergent and line dry. Avoid using bleach or any harsh chemicals and avoiding tumble drying.
The easiest quilt to wash, washing on a gentle cycle in cold to warm wash and line dry without delay.
If you change your quilt seasonally meaning that you may use down or wool in winter and come the warmer Australian months you may choose to switch to something more lightweight such as bamboo, Cotton and a Standard Polyester Quilt.
Storing your quilt/doona is quite an important factor in caring for your quilt.
It is recommended that your quilt is stored in a sealed bag.
The easiest option for storing the quilt in the zipped bag in which you quilt was purchased in, and just leaving the Zip open slight to allow the air to circulate whilst the quilt is in storage.
If this isn’t an option store the quilt either in a linen cupboard or in a space that is well circulated and away from dust.
Using a vacuum-sealed bag is also an option for cotton, bamboo or polyester quilts as well just ensure the quilt is clean and dry before putting them in a bag and storing away.
Another important tip to mention is when storing quilts ensure that they are stored in a place that is away from moisture. Some places that could be a safe option including Linen cupboard, under the bed or storage ottomans.
When it comes to putting your quilt on the bed at the beginning of each new season it is important after it has been in storage for a few months to air the quilt.
You can either re-wash the quilt, alternatively hang the quilt out of the clothes line on a bright sunny day, the sunshine will work to deodorize and kill and odour in the fabric which has happened throughout storage.
After the quilt is taken off the linen give the quilt a good shake.
Summary of Key Tips
- Clean your quilt before storing to prevent moths or dust mites
- Don’t store them in a room where there is dampness
- Make sure the quilt is dry before storing
- Only use vacuum bags if the doona is clean and the filling can handle it
- Always follow the manufactures care instructions
Alternatively, if you are looking for a new quilt for the season you can check out our full collection of quilts on our website.
- Jess G