Washing a Wool Quilt
Washing A Wool Quilt
YES! using water washing to clean wool quilts does work.
I highly recommend washing all wool, vintage quilts and hand-quilted quilts by hand.
First, if you have an older wool quilt, a good gentle vacuuming would help because wool is so porous. If the quilt has many small pieces on the front and you are afraid of tearing threads or fabric, just vacuum the back.
Now let's get to the water washing part. You can do this by hand, in the machine, by filling the tub with cold water and a wool detergent, making sure all the quilt is underwater, dunking the quilt several times by hand. When that process seems to have produced dirty water put the machine on the early part of the spin cycle---no spinning, just water swishing out. It is especially important with wool not to put a lot of stress on the threads and fabric. If you are nervous using your washing machine or your machine won't do the gentle cycle for rinsing, I have taken my wet, dripping quilt outside using a wooden dryer rack and rinsing with a garden hose.
Air Drying Instructions
Wool Quilts can take a little while longer to dry but not much. Drying flat is recommended as to not break any threads from the weight of the quilt. A trick I learned is to lay the wet quilt on a layer of bath towels, then cover the top with another layer of bath towels and gently roll it up like a cinnamon roll, gently squeezing along the way to absorb the extra water. If its summertime lay your quilt in a shady spot in the yard and let the breeze do the drying. It's not recommended to lay a wool quilt in the sun. You can turn them over when one side is almost dry. When drying inside a fan is important. Maybe use two.