Cleaning and washing your baby quilts is important since they will get plenty of use from your newborn.
Babies tend to make a mess with their eating habits and dirty diapers. Many times that new baby quilt just happens to get dirty and washing it is needed. Here are 9 suggestions for cleaning and washing your baby quilts.
- You can either hand wash or machine wash baby quilts in cold water on gentle cycle since they are made from either 100% baby cotton flannel or 100% cotton.
- Just as you would wash all other clothes for your newborn baby, use gentle baby detergents so not to harm the fibers.
- If pre-treating unwanted stains become necessary for any of your handmade baby quilts, rub gently on the spots, then hand wash or machine in cold water on the gentle cycle.
- Handmade baby quilts are keepsakes, so keep washing to a minimum. With the new fabrics on today’s market, they do hold up better than years past, but colors will eventually fade after repeated washings.
- To remove excess water after rinsing, use the palm of your hand and press down on the quilt. Do not wring dry.
- If machine drying, use low heat until most of the moisture is removed and then air dry.
- Use a non-porous surface when laying your quilt flat to dry.
- Do not dry clean handmade baby quilts. This process will damage the fabrics.
- Finally, keep brightly colored quilts away from sunlight. If you are not using the baby quilts, store them in a closet, under the crib, or in a dresser. Baby quilts that are used as wall decorations and hung on the wall will fade over time.
All babies need a soft place to be able to lie on, a place to be able to roll over for the first time, and all those times afterwards.