Never wash a Handmade Quilt in a Washing Machine.
Never use HOT water on the Quilt.
Always use a gentle soap to wash the Quilt such as Wool Wash.
Never use stain removers of bleach on your quilt as it will destroy the fabric and change colours.
Always treat the Quilt gently do not agitate or be rough with the Quilt when it is being washed.
Never dry your Quilt in a clothes dryer, it may shrink the Quilt slightly and make it sit out of shape.
Never iron the Quilt.
How to wash a Handmade Quilt?
If it is a small area which is dirty I would suggest spot cleaning the area. Using a small amount of Wool Wash, luke warm water and cloth to wipe the area to be cleaned. Try not to agitate the area and scrub too hard.
Wipe off excess soap and water. Using tap water wipe over the area to remove any excess soap. Using a clean dry towel press the towel over the wet area to take out any excess water. Hang the Quilt over a clothes line (not in direct sunlight) to dry naturally. Do not tumble dry or iron.
In a large bucket or bath tub, fill with luke warm water and small amount of Wool Wash. Place the Quilt in the water and hand-wash the Quilt, do not agitate the Quilt too much. Swish it around in and out of the water.
After about 3-5 minutes (if it is a really big quilt obviously wash longer) tip out the water. Now run tap water over the Quilt. Swish the water through the Quilt another 3-5 minutes. If you feel that the Quilt is still soapy, rinse with the tap water again.
Let all the water go and gently hand-ring out the the Quilt to get rid of excess water.
Lay the Quilt on a clean dry towel. Starting at one end roll the Quilt and towel up together making a long sausage shape. Rolling the Quilt in the towel helps get rid of excess mositure. Continue this process untill you think you have got best part of the water out.
Now hang the Quilt over the clothes line (not in direct sunlight) to dry. Do not tumble dry or iron the Quilt.
I wish you all the best with your washing. Remember to only wash the Quilt when it is truly necessary as frequent washing could cause the Quilt to deteriorate.