If your duvet has not been cleaned for a long time, it may harbor allergens such as dust mites that will ruin a sound sleep. Therefore, it is important to know how to wash the duvet correctly.
How to wash down comforter at home?
Step - 1. Read the Care Label on the Comforter
Check the care label to see the manufacturer's instructions before you throw down comforters in the washing machine. If the label says “Dry Clean Only,” it’s best to send it to dry cleaner. If the label shows machine washable, be sure to following any specific instructions.
Step – 2. Check seam strength and any holes
Before throwing your comforter into a washing machine make sure it has no loose threads or holes. If a comforter has any holes, then repair them to prevent these small holes from getting larger during washing.
Step –3. Remove Stains
Carefully treat any stains before washing. If your comforters has stains, use a little non-detergent solution such as diluted Woolite or a mix of baking soda and water.
Step - 4. Use the Right Washing Machine
Make sure that your comforter fits in the washer with ample room. If you feel your washing machine is too small for it, please take it to a Laundromat and use the large, front load washers. Because if the comforter doesn’t have enough space, the filling may be compressed and the item may not get completely clean.
Step - 5. Choose the Appropriate Laundry Detergent and Washing Cycle Settings
Use a mild or natural laundry detergent, following the instructions on the bottle. Select the gentle cycle and if possible, add an additional rinse. The label on your comforters may recommend a temperature setting. Cold or warm water will protect colors and fabrics because the fabric can shrink up to 8% in hot water.
Step - 6. Dry Your Comforter with Dryer Balls
Place the comforter in a large capacity dryer with the dryer balls or the socks with tennis balls. The balls will move around and agitate the comforter, preventing the down from clumping while it dries. Set the machine to 30 minutes on the lowest heat setting.
Step - 7. Check the Dryer and Fluff
Every 30 minutes, remove the comforter and shake it a little to help it fluff and distribute. Make sure that it doesn’t feel too hot. Continue doing this action until the comforter is completely dry. Expect it will take three or more hours to be dry completely. It is necessary to ensure that it is completely dry and that there is no clumping or odor to prevent mold. If for any reason you can’t wait for your comforters to be fully dry, you can hang it up in a sunny, warm place either inside or outside until it’s ready.
How Often to Clean a Down Comforter or Duvet?
As a saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Using a duvet cover is a small investment to protect your down comforters against dirt, stains and spills and stay beautiful and warm for a long time.
Our recommended washing frequency:
Down comforter with use of a duvet cover – wash every 3-5 years
Down comforter without a cover – wash every 1-2 years
Duvet cover- wash every 2-3 weeks