Dawn asked: How do I clean a quilted fabric frame? I have a hand-quilted baby frame that looks dingy from handling. The material is new and is a combination of flannel and cotton baby printed material. Is there a leave on spray out there somewhere?
Quilted fabric frames are often family heirlooms, or heirlooms in the making, so the importance of keeping them clean is frequently more than just one of aesthetics. Of course you want your fabric to look good, but just as important, is that it remain free from the damage that even routine dirt can cause over time. Whether your quilted frame is a treasured antique or a new acquisition, you can use this advice to keep it looking its best.
You Will Need:
- Clean white cloths
- Mild laundry detergent
- Fabric protector
Steps to Clean the Fabric:
- Begin by using a clean, dry cloth to whisk away any loose dirt or dust. If you have one, a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment will work wonders. The bottom line is that you don’t want to add moisture to dirt if you can help it or you’ll wind up with mud.
- Mix a solution of water and mild laundry detergent in the bowl. You don’t want to go too heavy on the detergent because if you leave residue it will attract dirt in the future. The resulting cleaning solution should be only slightly sudsy.
- Dip a clean cloth into the solution and work your way around the frame, spot cleaning as you go. Avoid scrubbing with too much vigor, especially if it might change the nap or appearance of the material. Turn the cloth several times so you’re always working with a clean spot.
- Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of the fabric, make the rounds one more time with a cloth dampened with water. This will remove any remaining residue.
- Allow the fabric to dry completely.
- Finish up by applying a fabric protector, following all label directions and guidelines for the product.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Avoid soaking the fabric. It will take a long time to dry, which will not only offer plenty of opportunity for new dust and dirt to stick but it may allow time for mold or mildew to form, particularly if the underlying frame is wood.
- Allow it to dry in an area free of humidity, if possible. Sunlight will also help it dry quickly, but use caution, because direct sunlight can cause fading over time.
- When in doubt, spot test the fabric in a hidden location before you clean it.