Handmade quilts are investments and will last for generations if they are properly cared for. This doesn't mean you need to keep an heirloom quilt under glass. Quilts are meant to be used and will age beautifully while being used continuously. Here are some simple rules to keep in mind while caring for a Haptic Lab quilt.
Constellation Quilts are DRY CLEAN ONLY.
Our City Quilts, Throws, Baby Quilts and Coastal Quilts sold online are machine-washable. Machine-wash on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent in cold water. Pre-dilute your detergent before washing. Do not use bleach. The quilt can be tumble-dried on a low setting, or dried flat. NEVER line-dry or hang a wet a quilt. Washing should be infrequent; a quilt should typically only be washed once every six months or so. Spot-treat any stains using a vinegar solution. Dry-cleaning is also ok.
Have you ever noticed how one corner of a sofa or rug will become faded over time? Keep your quilt out of direct sunlight. Natural fibers degrade in UV light, and you can protect your quilt by simply keeping the curtains closed every once in a while. That being said, you can keep your quilt fresh by airing it outside. Sunlight has excellent antiseptic qualities and an afternoon in the sun can be just as good as a wash.
Threads may become loose or undone in some areas over time. Our quilters "bury" their stitched knots within the quilt itself to protect against unraveling, but it may occur eventually. Tie off loose thread to minimize unraveling. Even better, you can repair loose sections yourself by restitching open areas.
Store your quilt properly. If you decide to store your quilt when not in use, loosely roll it and store in a closet with proper ventilation (and protection from moths). Never store a quilt in a plastic or air-tight container. Check on the quilt every so often. Open it up. Re-roll and re-fold it so permanent creases don't form. If you plan on storing the quilt for an indefinite period of time, you can wrap it in acid-free paper to minimize creasing.
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