When was the last time you washed your quilt?
According to our Healthy Habits survey, 62% of you tackle this task at least once a year, while 21% admit they have NEVER washed their quilt.
While it is recommended to launder your quilt regularly, and at the very least before storing it away at the end of the season, it seems many people are hesitant to throw this large bedding item into the wash as frequently as they would other bedding products.
The low washing-rate may be due to uncertainty about how to properly care for the item without ruining it. Luckily for us, most common types of quilts can be washed at home in the machine, including feather, cotton and polyester.
There are a few key things you must consider before washing any quilt:
- What is it made of?
- Can it fit in my washing machine?
- Can I get it completely dry?
Polyester is durable and washes well in warm water. Just be mindful of how big your washing machine is. Your quilt will need to fit in without too much squashing; if it doesn't, it won't rinse well and you'll end up with soap residue in your quilt. If you're lucky enough to own a 8 kg or 10 kg washing machine, your quilt should fit comfortably inside and you can use a normal spin setting before drying and air it before use.
If you don't have a large washing machine, the best method for cleaning polyester quilts such as Lorraine Lea's BIOFRESH treated Healthy Fibre Quilt is to put it in the bath tub, cover it with warm water and add either a mild laundry detergent or a few squirts of shampoo. Roll up the bottom of your pants and stamp around on it with your feet to give it a good wash. This is when you will REALLY get to see how dirty your quilt is! Drain the bath and stamp on the quilt again to remove the excess water before hanging it out to dry.
If your quilt is made of wool, proceed with caution. Wool can shrink in temperatures higher than about 30 degrees Celsius and must be laid flat and dried slowly. Therefore, wool quilts will need to be washed with lukewarm water (preferably using the bath tub method or on a wool machine wash) and dried in a shaded place. If you're nervous about getting the process right, it may be best to take your quilt to the dry cleaner.
Generally, feather quilts can be washed in the machine without any problem. If it fits with plenty of room, add a mild detergent to the machine, set your cycle to 'delicate' but set the water temperature at the hottest setting you can (no need to worry about damaging the feathers). Once the cycle has finished, give your quilt a shake and hang it out in the sunshine to dry completely. Hang the quilt across at least three lines to allow air to circulate, make sure you flip it over at least once and keep shaking it out every so often to move the feathers around. Once the quilt is completely dry, you can shake and beat it until the feathers are re-fluffed.
If you don't have any outdoor space to dry your feather quilt, a secondary method would be to throw it in the dryer. Again, make sure there is plenty of room for air to circulate, otherwise the quilt will not dry properly. Add a couple of dryer balls to help air circulate and to fluff the quilt. If you don't have the space to dry your quilt outside or in your dryer, you will have to take it to the laundromat or dry cleaner.
Easy-to-care-for cotton quilts like Lorraine Lea's Hi Loft Cotton Quilt will come up well in the machine. For the best results, use a wool wash and then hang out on the line to dry. Avoid putting them in the dryer as they may shrink. If your washing machine is not large enough to fit your quilt, taking it to the local laundromat is a cost-effective solution.
Silk can be extremely tricky to launder properly at home. Instead of risking ruin, take your silk quilt to the dry cleaners.
Always check the label before cleaning your quilt in case there are any special instructions. If it does indicate 'dry clean only' do not risk washing it yourself, it will only get destroyed in the machine.
If you have any queries about how to wash your Lorraine Lea quilt, please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Support team on (AUS) 1800 641 089 or (NZ) 0800 718 694 or see additional care instructions on our website.