There is a lot of back and forth when it comes to the best method for cleaning delicate quilts, but we always like to err on the side of caution. Hand washing your quilt is going to take some time, but in the end you won’t be disappointed in how it comes out. The first step is checking for colorfastness. You definitely don’t want a certain color spreading. Take a piece of white cloth and wet it with cold water and rub it over each color present in the quilt. If you see any of the colors transfer over, avoid washing your quilt because these colors will run. If the colors are fine, go ahead and fill your sink or tub with cold water, and use very mild liquid detergent. Let your quilt sit for about 10 minutes; then rinse it, and let it sit in cold water sans detergent until it is thoroughly rinsed off. Let excess water drain, and then cover your quilt on both sides with towels to absorb water and then lay flat to air dry.