Pack winter away.
Spring! New beginnings! Flowers! Cleaning! Errr, okay maybe we’re not all that enthusiastic about the last one. And the truth is, spring cleaning is a bit of an outdated tradition that seems to have stuck around since the days of sooty coal furnaces, which would indeed leave the house in dire need of a good scrub down come springtime. So unless you’re still burning coal to keep warm during winter, go right ahead and excuse yourself from the cleaning brigade! You’re welcome.

But, that’s not to say there aren’t a few small jobs you should do now to get your space primed for the warm months (read: ready for some cheeky seasonal redecorating). And one of those is packing your winter bedding away. Here’s a quick run-down of how to store quilts and blankets to ensure they stay fresh, fluffy and fabulous while in hibernation.

Winter bedding

Washing Your Bedding
First up, give everything a thorough clean to give your bedding its best shot at staying fresh for the next few months. Follow cleaning instructions closely, or use a professional cleaning service for items you’re unsure about. Include a good once-over with the vacuum cleaner in this process (use the upholstery attachment if you have one).

Airing Your Bedding
Once your bedding is clean, vacuumed and dry, let the sun work its magic with a good airing. This is great thing to do periodically throughout the year to prevent your bedding from taking on a musty smell. The sun is also thought to help sanitise bedding by killing microbes and bacteria.

Storing Your Bedding
The best place to store bedding is in a dark, dry place away from sources of moisture or humidity that may cause mildew and bad smells. Bear in mind that continued exposure to light can fade and discolour your linens so in an enclosed cupboard or storage solution (think storage ottomans or in roll-away drawers beneath the bed) is best.

Space Bags
One of the best ways to store wool and synthetic quilts is a fully sealed, plastic vacuum bag. Not only do they reduce the volume of bulky items to a fraction of the original size (by sucking out all that air), they also protect your bedding from mildew and pest damage.

Drawstring Cloth and Mesh Bags
For high loft quilts like feather and down, a large cloth or mesh bag can be ideal to prevent your quilt from flattening, while also allowing the quilt to breathe and stay fresh. Down’s ability to keep you warm relies upon loft, so consider a rolled, loosely packed method to save the fill from irreversible compression. Down is also notoriously hard to dry, so loosely packed in this way will help circulate air and fight mildew that may grow from even the smallest amount of trapped moisture.

Cushion Covers
Strapped for space? Why not use your quilt as a cushion insert so you can have it on display rather than stuffed in a cupboard? Large bulky quilts may not fit in a standard cushion cover, but single sized quilts and lightweight quilts should fold easily into a euro pillowcase. Then just pop it on the lounge or bed!

Keep it Fresh
Whatever storage method you use, be sure to add a sachet of potpourri to combat musty smells, and in some instances, repel insects. Try cedar shavings, dried lavender, dried citrus peel and whole cloves to keep moths and silverfish at bay.


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