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Mostly one doesn't. Cleaning is highly dependent on the condition of the quilt. If it is in good shape you can vacuum it with a piece of window screen between the fabric and the dusting hose. You can also try spot cleaning with a damp towel.

DON'T get it wet, don't soak it, and for god's sake don't put it in the washer, you're likely to destroy it.
 

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I wouldn't even wash a cotton one, unless it was made recently (after 1980 or so). Old cotton is very fragile when it is wet.
 

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The crazy quilt is made from velvets and silks. My mom says it is over 75 years old. It was well preserved until we had tornadoes here last year and a corner (almost 1/4th of it) was water damaged.

Thanks for your suggestions!
 

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Lily, if the silk and velvet has discolored from water damage there really is not much you can do. You might be able to fluff the velvet by holding a steam iron over it and gently brushing it with an old toothbrush. If it is actually dirty, again I recommend the damp towel.

Dry cleaning might or might not work with a quilt of that age. That it was in really good condition is in your favor. I'd be surprised if the cleaner will guarantee their work on it though. A lot of them won't touch anything that looks old or expensive.
 
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