How to safe store your quilts and blankets

Cleaning the quilts and blankets has often been an issue for the home makers. Many a times these are just stored away for the next use without caring to clean them up mostly because of the ignorance on how to clean them. Learn the processes of cleaning and storing the quilts and the blankets properly and using them for years.

Quilts and blankets are just few of those cozy things that you may want to remain intact and undamaged for years. Now this requires the proper storage of these warm things when you do not really need them with the winters fading around February in the northern hemisphere. Though it seems an easy task, but honestly, proper storage is not just keeping them away. It is actually keeping them away properly so that you are able to use them again in the coming winters. This would definitely call for proper cleaning and proper storage.

Proper Cleaning of the quilts and blankets

Though the quilts/comforters look clean at the first look, it still had been the house for the germs and bacteria while you slept on it not shedding away the times when you had all those snacks and food on the bed itself. Keeping them in the closet this way after use would only attract more insects and breed more germs.
The quilts could either be dry cleaned or could be cleaned at home.

1. Dry-cleaning :

Dry-cleaning the blankets is the easiest way of getting rid of the dirt and dust. It also saves time and effort of cleaning the heavy things at home by the user. The dry cleaners use the petroleum and other permitted chemicals to clean your winter. Dry cleaning the blankets also leaves them odor free.
You may also clean your winter warmers and comforters at home. You may not send the blankets to the dry cleaners if you have not used them much during the season.

2. Vacuuming the quilt

You have to clean the quilts and the blankets well before storing them for the next season. The blankets would definitely be affected by insects and germs if you have left the dirt and other stains unattended. So it is always good to clean them as thoroughly as possible. You can lay the quilt or the blanket on the floor and vacuum them. The hand-held vacuum is always preferable.

The upholstery nozzle of the vacuum cleaner can also be used to clean the quilts and the blankets. You may also want to put muslin cloth on the nozzle while using it on your favorite expensive quilt.

If the quilt is an antique one or a delicate one, spread out a sheet of nylon cloth over the quilt before vacuuming it.

3. Airing the quilt

It is always advisable to air the quilt properly before storing it away. You can put the quilt on the cloth line. But take care that you spread it across more than one cloth line that are tied in parallel fashion. The quilt here resembles as if spread on a table. This way the cloth line would not be affected much and would be able to hold the quilt's weight.

You may also spread the quilt on a flat surface. But be sure that you spread a cotton fabric or a bed sheet first so that you do not have to clean it again.

4. Washing the quilt

You need to wash your quilts after vacuuming and airing them. In case the quilt or the blanket is an old one, then it is better if you store it now itself. Your quilts may also be a dyed piece of material, which will bloat if hand washed. Test for the colours by soaking a small patch of the back of the quilt. If you have problems with the colours then you would have to visit the dryers.

If you are thinking of washing your quilt in the washing machine, then do not dare to do so. Use the bath tub while washing the quilts. You can also put the quilt on the bath floor for the washing purposes. Use only the wool specific detergent of any branded company to wash the quilt. Let the quilt go down the bath tub in the detergent water. Use your hands to remove any stains or marks that still remain. Do not wish to carry it without any assistance. A wet quilt is much heavier.

5. Rinsing the quilt

Now the rinsing part. Drain out the water in the bathtub and put it lukewarm water. Drain this. Do this again to remove the detergent. This is the most difficult part as the wet quilt gets heavier. Be careful while doing so. Any strong cloth or towel rail in the bathroom can also be used to hang the quilt for some time so that the excess water comes out quickly without rinsing. Else you will have to take the assistance of somebody for mild rinsing the quilt. Get the sides and the corners of the quilt and turn it to release some of the excess water.

The quilt needs to be hung outside. Do not hang it on the cloth line. Put it on the iron bar that you have outside for drying. You may also use a cleaned up Iron Gate for putting it up for some time. Make sure that the iron bar or the gate does not leave any rust marks or any paint. Do not put under the sun. Do not let the quilt be exposed to air and sunlight for a long time. Get it inside as soon as you feel the remaining drying can be done inside.

Proper storage of the quilt

1. Preparing for storing

Clean your hands first before you start put your delicate things for months. Dry them up as well. Ensure that they are dirt free as well as moist free.

2. Packing in protective covers

Fold the quilt or the blanket and put it in a cotton bag. You may also use any large pillow cover for this purpose. You may also just cover it with cotton or a muslin sheet of cloth. But do not ever put it in any plastic cover or bag. The plastic may make the plastic humid. A humid plastic may also leave it dye or color on the quilt.

3. Preparing the Storage place

Once covered properly, you need to look at the place for storing the quilt. Look out for a cool dark place. The closet or the drawer tat you consider suitable should also be moisture free so that the mildew do not find it favorable for their growth. check the humidity as well. The place should not be too humid.
Put in insect repellents in the closet. Just make sure that these do not come in direct contact with the stored quilt. You may also use some camphor balls to get rid of the musty smell of the closed drawers.

However you would still have to take your quilts out once a while for proper airing and folding them again if you are not intending to use them very often.

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Author: K Mohan16 Feb 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

After the season is over it is the big challenge for the house holds to keep the quilts and blankets in good condition and for that many have their own way of preserving it. Normally we get the quilts and blankets in a cover while purchasing and that should not be thrown away. That cover has the factory made cleaning agent that would keep the quilts and blankets in good condition. Even if you buy the blankets at the refugee camps of Tibetans , they are also giving you the company made safe cover which can keep the quilts and blankets in its original quality and position. The only thing we need to do that clean the same and transfer to the covers.

Author: Umesh19 Feb 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

A very illustrative and informative article on storage of quilts and blankets. Everyone uses these covers during winter and the need to store them arises just before the summer.
Now a days vacuum bags along with sucking arrangement are available for storage of woollens. This may require some expenditure but it avoids contact of woollens/ quilts/ blankets with the atmospheric dust and humidity.

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