There are generally two different views when it comes to the cleaning care for most quilts. Some prefer hand or machine-washing, others prefer dry-cleaning. Unless materials used in a quilt mandate dry-cleaning, Timeless Thread Design avoids this. Dry-cleaning uses extremely high heat. The heat can cause the fibers in your most quilts to break down faster than normal. Thus, shortening the life of your quilt.
So unless otherwise necessary, Timeless Thread Design advises washing most quilts either in a Front Loading Washing Machine, on a gentle cycle or by hand in a bathtub. Either way, using cold to lukewarm water with a mild soap. My preferred laundry soap is Orvas Paste. This can be purchased at most local feed stores by the gallon or at most quilt stores by the pint. It is actually a soap for washing farm animals. So the Orvus is an extremely gentle soap. Two heaping tablespoons is usually more than enough for a full size bed quilt. Another mild soap that works well is Dreft or you can use a ½ cup of white vinegar. The main thing is to use a mild cleaning agent.