Comforters & Quilts

Patchwork quilts

If a quilt is made from many different fabrics, wash it using a method that would be safe for the most delicate fabric in the mix.  If you aren’t sure, or if the quilt is old and fragile, take it

Other materials

If your comforter or duvet has silk, velvet, or wool—even as a small embellishment—do not wash at home. These fabrics may be damaged in water. Take it to a dry cleaner to be cleaned safely.


Check the care label—if it is not marked washable, do not put it in your washer.  It may be vulnerable to shrinkage or distortion.  Take it to a dry cleaner. If it is washable, follow the instructions on the label.


If a down-filled comforter or quilt is relatively new or in good condition, it should be safe in the washing machine. Line drying is best, but down comforters can be safely dried in your dryer.  Use the lowest heat setting

Cotton Batting

Do not put quilts stuffed with cotton batting in the washing machine—the stuffing will get bunched up and clumpy. Hand-wash in a large laundry tub or bathtub.  Use ½ cup vinegar to help dissolve all the soap suds.  Do not

Cleaning and Laundering

If you decide to wash your comforters at home, do not put them in the dryer; the stuffing may shrink or become clumpy and uneven (except for down comforters—see below). If line drying isn’t an option (especially in rainy or

Everyday Care

Comforters and quilts can be gently vacuumed to remove dust and allergens. Do not touch the vacuum directly to them; hold the nozzle attachment about ¼ inch above the surface.