I am sure like many of you that make quilts; you have been asked this question more than once.
Dry Cleaning is not recommended. Use a mild detergent in a delicate cycle for the minimum amount of time. Never use bleach. To keep colors bright and to prevent fading use the cold water settings on your machine.
Using a dryer is not recommended, but if you must, use a low heat setting to tumble dry, or lay flat to air dry. Line drying could unevenly stretch out the quilt, so, it is not recommended.
Do not display your quilt in direct sunlight or consider rotating quilts through out the year. When hanging a quilt, a quilt sleeve should be attached. This will give your quilt enough support to prevent sagging and stress on the stitches. Hang in a low traffic area wear quilts won't be touched. Quilts are sensative to body oils and ciggerate smoke.
If storing on a wooden rack or hanger, do not let your quilt directly touch the wood. Oils from the wood could absorb on to the fabric and leave a stain. Separate the quilt from the wood by using acid free tissue paper or a piece of fabric.
Quilts (cotton) has to breathe, so never store in plastic bins, bags or directly on plastic coated shelving. It is best to store quilts between clean white cotton sheets, or in a clean white pillow case. Quilts that are going to be stored for any length of time should be taken out several times a year to be “aired out” so the quilt can breathe, then it should be refolded in a different pattern to prevent wearing in the crease.
In a perfect world it would be great if we could store our quilts on an unused bed, lay them flat and unfolded, with clean white sheet layered between them…..I can dream, can’t I?