Quilts get washed alot. alot. They get dragged through the dirt, spit-up on, snuggled, and sometimes they just need to be washed to be even more crinkly :) For any of you that have questions about how to wash a quilt, you've come to the right place.
When washing a quilt, don't be worried that it will fall apart or that the fabric dyes will bleed together. We've never had any problems with that. One common concern is the shrinkage of the quilt after washing it. Although the quilt will shrink after the first wash ( about 2-3 inches per side), you won't have to worry about any shrinking after that. We never pre-wash our fabrics, although you could do that if you wanted.
Note: If for any reason you get sewing machine grease on your quilt, use dish-soap to scrub it off, and then run it through the wash. It should come out easily.
For a first-time-wash to crinkle your quilt, follow these steps:
1. Wash the quilt without anything else in the washing machine. This assures that the fabrics dyes won't bleed on anything else.
2. Add a little bit of laundry soap (not too much). The brand doesn't matter, just use whatever laundry soap you have on hand.
3. Set your washing machine to rapid wash, about 35 minutes. Your quilt isn't trying to get clean, so it doesn't need very much time in the washer.
4. Move your quilt from the washer to the dryer. Use a dryer sheet. Dry for 20 minutes. ( you might need longer for a bigger quilt.)
5. Take out your quilt. And hog it for snuggling :)
***When washing dirty quilts: wash longer, use more soap, and dry longer. Also, after the first wash feel free to mix your quilt in with other laundry. ***