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How to Freshen Your Quilt: The Sponge Bath Method

How to Freshen Your Quilt: The Sponge Bath Method

Keeping your quilt clean will ensure optimal loft, performance, and longevity. Plus, it’ll feel and smell better too! But deep cleaning your quilt can be a time-consuming process that, when done too often, can degrade the insulation over time. In most cases, a general surface clean is all that’s needed. Save the deep cleans for dire situations or your annual end-of-season gear cleaning and simply “freshen” your quilt using the good old-fashioned sponge bath method.

What you’ll need

  • Your quilt
  • Bucket of water
  • Mild detergent
  • Clean sponge or washcloth
  • Dryer 
  • 2-3 (clean) tennis balls or dryer balls

How to do it

  1. Lay your quilt out flat.
  2. Fill a bucket with water and mix in your detergent. Read the bottle to ensure you're adding the correct amount of detergent.
  3. Wet your sponge or washcloth with the soapy water and rub the surface of the fabric to remove any dirt/stains. You can do spot treatments only or a full surface clean, it’s up to you and the condition of your quilt. (Don’t worry about the down getting wet. It’s much harder than you think to completely wet out the down, and you’ll be tossing the quilt in the dryer at the end anyways!)
  4. Wipe off any remaining soap with fresh water.
  5. Flip the quilt over and repeat the process on the other side.
  6. Once you’re done, pop the quilt into your dryer with 2-3 tennis or dryer balls and a damp bath towel (wet the bath towel and then wring it out).
  7. Run the dryer on low heat for about an hour, or until the bath towel is dry.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully freshened your quilt. If a deeper cleaning is needed, follow our washing instructions here.

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