The truth of the matter is, things get old and as they get older they lose their ‘prettiness’. Take quilts for instance, if you take good care of them they will age well and sometimes they can even end up becoming family heirlooms which are passed down from generation to generation.
But if you don’t take care of the quilt, it won’t last long and sooner or later you will have to get rid of it. Now, fading is a part of the aging process of fabrics that can be hard to control especially if the fabric used bleeds.
But this doesn’t mean that you should leave your quilts at the mercy of fading, there are ways to prevent the quilts from fading. Some ways to do this are:
Add salt to the wash
Salt contains chloride; chloride has been shown to help in sealing colors in fabrics. This means that if you wash your quilt in salty water the colors on it will remain brighter for longer, according to some people salt can even restore brightness to faded fabrics.
You can use salt when washing any type of fabric not just quilts.
Use cold water when washing quilts
Using cold water helps in preventing fading and as an added plus it will lower your energy bills. If you wash brightly colored fabrics in warm or hot water, the colors will fade and some fabrics may shrink. This means hot or warm water is bad for your quilt, therefore stick to cold water.
Vinegar is a natural fabric softener, meaning that it’s good for your quilt. there is also the fact that vinegar is known to help to “set” colors, as a consequence of this, if you wash your fabrics with vinegar your fabrics will remain brighter for longer.
I know you are worried that if you wash your quilt with vinegar it will end up smelling like salad dressing, don’t worry your worries are misplaced. The vinegar you use to wash the quilt will evaporate when you dry the quilt; a good option here is to air dry the quilt.
You don’t have to use too much vinegar, a half a cup should do.
Another good option is baking soda; baking soda has lots of uses in your home. For instance, did you know that baking soda can prevent fading? If you don’t, know you know so try it.
Learn how to properly clean quilts
You may be the reason why your quilt is fading; the thing is if you don’t know how to clean your quilt properly you will ruin it.
For example, if you bleach too often or use bleach on dyed fabrics, wool, nylon or silk you will ruin the fabric. Therefore learn the dos and don’ts of washing quilts. The proper way to wash a quilt is to use cold water, a mild detergent and any of the above options (vinegar, baking soda, vinegar or salt), you can either hand wash the quilt or run the machine on a short gentle cycle.