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How To Properly Store A Quilt

Many families pass down heirloom quilts over generations. Antique quilts feature delicate embroidery and beadwork which require great care. Even if  you purchased your quilt, you want to take good care of it by properly storing it when not in use. Here we will provide you with some useful tips to consider. If you use your quilt daily or have it as your day-to-day bed cover, it is necessary to give it a break and allow the fibers to recover to their natural shape and strength.

1. As with any bedding item, you want to keep it dry. Ideally you want a place that provides good circulation of cool dry air otherwise any moisture can attract mold and mildew that will rot the fabrics.

2. Do not keep your quilt near or on unfinished wood. Do not store your quilts in wooden drawers or chests as they often contain acids that will damage fabrics over time. If you have no where else to store them, then be sure to line the drawers with acid-free paper before storing the quilt.

3. Always add some crumpled acid-free tissue paper in the folds to minimize creasing, creases over time will become permanent. The tissue paper is used to keep the quilt's shape. Be sure the paper is acid-free otherwise it may stain and corrode the fabric. If stored over a long period of time, be sure to unfold and shake out to get some air every few months. Refold and store again.

4. Never store your quilts in an attic or cellar. Any extreme temperatures will damage a quilt by stress or deterioration of the fibers. If exposed to excess heat, you will find that the fibers will dry out.

5. Think twice about where you store your quilts. Places like a garage, attic or sheds are a place for small bugs, insects or even mice. Avoid it if you can.

6. Sunlight is also bad for your quilts; keep it in the dark.

Ideally the best way to store a quilt is to spread it on an unused bed and cover with a cotton sheet keeping it safe from dust and light while reducing stress on the fibers, allowing it to rest and avoiding creases. If you must store it, follow the tips above and store it in a Rubbermaid type container. Avoid storing a quilt in plastic bags, cardboard or in wooden chests. Make sure it is completely dry before storing and avoid sunlight. Do not dry them in a dryer and  avoid long exposure to fluorescent lighting.

There is nothing like a cozy handmade quilt to keep you warm on a cold day! Caring for your quilt requires a little extra attention to ensure your piece remains at its best.

Article Source: Atlantic Linens

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