How To Dry Quilt In Dryer?


How to dry a quilt in a dryer Lifestyle Major

The majority of people are aware that cotton shrinks in the dryer.

Quilts, sadly, are not free from the problem.

Machine drying is a great technique to get your quilt to dry quickly, but the high temperatures of the dying cycle might cause your quilt to shrink.

So don’t be scared to throw your blanket in the dryer; make sure it just gets as much heat as possible.

When using the dryer, make sure you only use it to start it and then take it outside to air dry. Tumbling wet in the dryer can cause stitches to pop due to the quilt’s wet weight, so getting it started in the dryer is okay, but letting it air dry is far better.

So, you have two choices. You can also perform a mix of the two.

Machine Drying Instructions 

“Low heat” are the two keywords to remember here. Since your quilt is delicate, you should dry it with low to no heat. To be safe, don’t completely dry it. Tumble dry it on low heat until it is moist, then air dry it.

Air Drying Instructions

All vintage quilts, hand-quilted/hand-appliquéd quilts, and any quilts in which you want to avoid fabric shrinking, which causes puckering and crinkling, should be air-dried.

Quilts can be difficult to air dry since they are so heavy when wet! Support the quilt’s weight well, usually by drying it flat, to avoid those threads from bursting.

Some people prefer to dry their quilts on a flat rack, but you can build a bed of thick towels to lay it on if you don’t have one.

To remove some of the excess moisture at the start:

  • Cover your damp quilt with another set of towels and roll it up for an excellent first squeeze.
  • The quilt should then be placed on another towel bed. (This method takes a large number of towels.)

A few people choose to complete the drying process by setting their quilts on a patch of grass on a sunny day, which is lovely for the rest of the neighbourhood.


Carefully transfer the damp quilt to its drying location.

As you move the damp quilt, bear its weight. Hold it in your arms like a baby, and don’t pull on any one area of the fabric.

Threads in the quilt may pop if the weight isn’t firmly supported.

If preferred, tumble dry on low with clothes.

This method works for quilts that are brand new, well-made, and of high-quality fabric. The quilt can be dried thoroughly. Or, partially dry it before laying it flat on a rack or outside to dry.

Avoid ironing your quilt or exposing it to direct sunlight.

Allow the quilt to breathe in the fresh air.

If your quilt is dusty or has a smell, you can air it out outside to dry it.

  • As direct sunshine can degrade fabric, find a shady spot.
  • It can be hung on a balcony or a clothesline or stretched out on the ground. Put a bedsheet underneath it and another on top of it if you’re going to lay it out on the ground.
  • Weigh down the corners.

By placing a mattress pad and spreading the quilt out on top of it, you may air dry a quilt on a balcony. Spread another mattress pad on top if birds are a worry. When the top of the quilt is nearly dry, flip it over.

Allow the blanket to air dry indoors.

If the weather isn’t suitable for outside drying, lay the quilt flat on a rack to dry. Instead, a few mattress pads might be placed on a bed (at least one of them should be waterproof). For about a day, set up a fan to blow horizontally towards the quilt.

Allow to air dry flat

Lay that thing flat, whether you choose to air dry the entire quilt or do most of it in the dryer and end with air drying.

Have you ever dried a shirt or pair of jeans on a drying rack and discovered that they had dried in a “U” shape when you removed them because they were draped over a rod?

The same thing will happen to your quilt, causing wear to the fibers and batting at the crease.

Also, due to the extra weight of the water in the quilt, hanging it from a single stress point puts a lot of strain on the seams that span the bar you’re hanging it from.

Those threads will become thinner and thinner over time, eventually breaking and causing holes in your seams.

On bright days, it’s common to dry air quilts on the grass, where they can lay flat, and the breeze can help them dry faster, but any flat spot in the house will suffice!

What is the best dryer setting for down-filled items?

Use the air fluff setting or the lowest temperature setting on the dryer. Sometimes pause the dryer and break up any lumps that have formed in the comforter or pillow. Make sure the down doesn’t become too hot, as it might be scorched by high heat. The drying time should be three to four hours.

Only remove the down item from the dryer when it is entirely dry to minimize mildew formation. If the item is still a little moist, hang it on a clothesline to dry as much as possible on a warm, windy day. Allow the comforter or pillow to air out for a few weeks after bringing it inside to ensure that all moisture has evaporated. Wrap the comforter in a cotton sheet before putting it away.

How Do I Choose the Right Dryer Cycle?

Air dry/Air fluff cycle:

There is no extra heat in this cycle. The dryer merely draws in new room-temperature air, and the drum spins and tosses your items to fluff them up. By pulling dust, lint, and pet hair into the dryer filter screen, the cycle helps remove these contaminants from clothing. Adding a few wool dryer balls to provide a beating action will yield the best results.

This cycle is ideal for refreshing clothes that have just been dry cleaned or stored and have a musty odor. To give a touch of freshness and help tumble out wrinkles, use a dryer sheet or a moist cloth perfumed with essential oil.

Wet items will not be dehydrated if you use the air dry or air fluff cycle.

Delicate/Gentle cycle:

Any loosely woven quilt made of rayon or silk or has light beading, sequins, embroidery, or iron-on decals should be dried on the gentle cycle. This cycle is crucial for high-performance fabrics. These clothing are unable to tolerate extreme heat. On high heat, they will tear, stick together, and possibly fade.

Cotton clothing, jeans, sheets, linens, and towels do not require a gentle cycle.

Steam cycle 

Some dryers include a feature that produces steam in the drum without using the typical drying cycle. Quilts that don’t need to be washed but could need a slight odor and wrinkle removal can benefit from the steam cycle. The damp steam has little effect on the drying process.

If you forget to remove the quilts from the dryer quickly, the steam cycle can be applied to prevent wrinkles at the end of the drying cycle.

Permanent press/ Wrinkle-resistant cycle

For practically every form of quilt, the permanent press cycle should be used. 

While a few manufacturers suggest it for any synthetic fabric (polyester), I recommend it for any washable, lightweight cotton, ramie, linen, or natural fiber item.

The permanent press cycle uses a medium amount of heat to avoid wrinkling and the damage that excessive heat can cause. Many of today’s dryers’ permanent press cycles include a 10-minute cool-down session that uses just room-temperature air to soften wrinkles in fabrics. When folded, a colder fabric will not wrinkle as severely as one that is warmer.

The term “permanent press” does not imply that your items will be wrinkle-free when they emerge from the dryer. You can also avoid ironing by removing the quilts as soon as possible and hanging or folding them.

Regular cycle/automatic/timed dry 

The standard cycle will utilize the maximum heat setting possible on your dryer, whether you pick an automatic dryer, use a moisture sensor to decide if your quilts are dry, or select the amount of time you feel the clothing needs. While it won’t shrink your clothes (the hot water does that in the laundry), it will melt decorations and set stains and wrinkles.


It’s a good idea to check references before entrusting your quilts to a dry cleaner because dry cleaning can cause cotton dyes to bleed or alter their color. If you want to dry-clean a wool or silk quilt, take extra precautions.

Dry cleaning should only be done as a last resort if vacuuming and spot cleaning fails to remove the filth.

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