Yes, you can wash it! Here are some great tips for taking care of your family heirloom over time.
Machine Washing: Wash and dry star quilts only when necessary, using cold water and a mild soap (but not dish washing soaps or soaps made for woolens.) Use a large washing machine on the gentle cycle. Dissolve the soap in the washer before adding the quilt. Color-setting additives are welcome. Rinse the quilt well, twice if you have to. Remove immediately after washing.
Hand Washing: Quilts may also be hand washed in the bathtub. Knead gently
between your hands; don't swish the quilt or swirl it around. After rinsing twice, drain tub and gently press the remaining water out of the quilt.
Drying: Drying in a dryer is OK, or they may be air dried on a flat surface. Don't hang or line dry your quilt or threads might break. Quilts may be air dried flat on a tarp, mattress pad or towels, or they may be slowly dried in the dryer on a cool-warm but not hot setting. An extra large dryer is best. It's best to remove it from the dryer before it's completely dry. If drying indoors, a fan may speed up drying time. Always avoid prolonged or repeated direct sunlight on your quilt or it will fade.
Fluffing: To fluff up a quilt between washings, you can place it in the dryer for 15 minutes on the air only setting. This will loosen a lot of lint, pet hair, and other major debris.
Storage: Roll up and store your quilt in a pillow case, or wrapped in a bed sheet, or rolled up in an acid free wrapping paper. Store in a cool, dry place away from heat, moisture, and sunlight. Don't store it in a plastic bag. To avoid permanent creasing, occasionally re-roll the quilt.
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