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Quilt Covers: The Different Fabrics, Their Advantages, and Proper Caring

Quilt Covers: The Different Fabrics, Their Advantages, and Proper Caring
Zach McGavin
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Zach McGavin

I'm a freelance writer and a health enthusiast. I am also in the industry of home improvement for quite some time now and I use my experienc I'm a freelance writer and a health enthusiast. I am also in the industry of home improvement for quite some time now and I use my experience as my primary source of reference when I write.

Snuggling under warm comforter during the night is one of the real pleasures of winter. Quilt covers are a perfect piece used for decorating your rooms as well as to secure the quilt. It is one of the necessary things that you should buy along with the beddings.

However, buying quilt covers can be a difficult task. There are various types of fabrics available in the market today, and it can be confusing to know what are the things you should consider to choose the best quality of quilt covers. Therefore, it is necessary that you find out more about quilt covers than the basic knowledge you have of them.

For you to learn more about quilt covers, take time to read this article.

Wool Quilt Covers

Wool is a great option for a great winter quilt cover set because it has excellent insulating properties that keep a sleeper warm. However, there are disadvantages to wool. For example, wool can be itchy to the skin and can give you a hard time washing them. But the warmth wool provides trumps all those disadvantages.

Caring for Wool Quilt Covers

As a rule, follow the instructions on the product care label. But, in general, you can dry-clean and air your wool outside regularly. It is a good way to deodorize and get rid of bacteria on your wool quilt covers.

If your wool quilt covers are machine washable, then go for it, If otherwise, just don’t. Wool can shrink and clump if you do a machine-washing.

Cotton Quilt Covers

Cotton is a popular choice of material for quilt covers because it is soft, easy to wash, durable, and affordable. It is also organic and eco-friendly and fits into the green concept of bedding. Besides, cotton is comfortable because it traps heat better when you sleep on it.

However, cotton quilt covers are prone to attract dust mites and bacteria and may not be advisable to use for people who have allergies.

Caring for Cotton Quilt Covers

Depending on the brand, you can either machine or hand-wash cotton. As always, read the product care label. If it’s suitable for machine or hand wash, just make sure to wash it gently and with care. For drying, just make sure to square the quilt cover on the line to prevent it from getting out of shape.

Silk Quilt Covers

Silk is a natural fiber coming from silkworms. It is organic and eco-friendly unless you mix it with synthetic materials. Silk quilt cover is in trend because it has a very smooth texture and a sophisticated shine to it.

For those with allergies, silk may be the best quilt cover to help you attain a good night’s sleep. It can provide you warmth without triggering your allergies because of its hypoallergenic properties. However, silk quilt covers are expensive. Its price ranges from 400 to thousands of dollars.

Caring for Silk Quilt Covers

Contrary to popular belief, silk is a quite strong fabric in spite of its ultra-fine gauge. However, silk fiber can lose up to 20% of its strength when it is wet, causing it to stretch. Thus, washing silk does require a few precautions.

If you machine-wash a silk, it is necessary to keep the washer at delicate cycle. You also need a gentle detergent that contains no bleaching and whitening agents.

For hand-washing silk, you must avoid rubbing, twisting, and wringing to prevent wrinkles on the fabric surface. Also, hang them to dry but keep it away from direct exposure to sunlight.

Satin Quilt Covers

Satin quilt covers are cotton-made but in a finer thread count that ranges from 300 TC to 600 TC. It is ideal if you are looking for soft and warm quilt covers. It will also give your bedroom style and elegance.

If you opt for satin quilt cover, just make sure that the bottom part is cotton-made as well. Otherwise, it can get very slippery and uncomfortable.

Caring for Satin Quilt Covers

A satin is a delicate material. You should do a hand-wash or machine-wash them on a delicate cycle of your washer. If you do a hand-wash, do not wring or twist the fabric. Gently swish the quilt cover and rinse with water. When drying, avoid direct exposure to sunlight to prevent damage to the fibers. Dry them on low heat because satin fabrics are easy-quick to get dry.

Poly-cotton Quilt Covers

Polycotton quilt covers are a mix of a synthetic material called polyester and natural cotton. This type doesn’t create wrinkles on the surface, hence easy to wash and dry.

The only catch is that it will not pass if you are looking for ultimate comfortability. Polycotton can be itchy to the body and is not so well in trapping heat to provide you an extra warmth sleep.

Caring for Poly-cotton Quilt Covers

For synthetic materials such as poly-cotton, you can either do a machine or hand-washing. Or, get them some air and sunlight outside regularly.

If you do a machine-wash for your poly-cotton quilt cover, make sure that the washer can take the capacity of the quilt cover in it. If otherwise, the slow turn of the washing machine because of overcapacity will not ensure a perfect cleaning.



Quilt covers are sure to help if you want to withstand the cold of winter. Aside from the warmth that they provide to our bodies, they are also perfect to make your bedroom setting look fantastic. Hence, it is important that we know a few things about them, from the various types of quilt cover fabrics, their advantages, and to their proper cleaning.

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