How to Clean a Down Comforter: Tips for Washing and Drying
Do you have questions about how to clean a down comforter? While you could choose to have your down comforter professionally cleaned, you can just as easily clean your duvet yourself for a fraction of the cost.
In this post, we’ll explore the dos and don’ts of cleaning a down comforter and what steps you need to follow if you’re cleaning it at home. Considerations when cleaning your down comforter include:
- having your down duvet dry cleaned
- using non-dry cleaning professional services
- washing and drying your down comforter at home
- avoiding applications of high heat
- how to ensure the stuffing of your comforter doesn’t clump up
- why you should wash your down comforter every few years
- using a duvet cover to prolong the life of your comforter
Having Your Down Duvet Professionally Cleaned
Having your duvet professionally cleaned is the most costly option available to you, but it’s also the best option if you’re short on time. Professional cleaning services for bedding include dry cleaning and laundering.
With dry cleaning, chemical cleaning products will be used. With laundering, the professionals will use detergent and dryer sheets much like you would at home.
While some people prefer drying cleaning to laundering, dry cleaning is not recommended or necessary for cleaning down comforters as it can shorter the life of your comforter.
How to Clean a Down Comforter at Home
Cleaning a down comforter at home is easy and cost effective. If you have a washing machine and a dryer that is large enough to hold your duvet, you can clean it by following these steps:
Step One: Washing Your Down Comforter
You can use any water temperature you prefer. We recommend warm or cold to minimize the chances of shrinkage. We also suggest a front-loading machine as it’s more gentle on the comforter during washing.
Set up your duvet in your machine like you would any other load of laundry. Add your detergent, but skip any detergents with strong additives, fabric softeners, and bleaching products to avoid damaging the down filling.
Choose a wash time that includes a lengthy spin cycle. A longer spin will wring out all of the extra moisture out of the duvet, which is crucial for decreasing the drying time.
Step Two: Drying Your Down Comforter
The trick to drying a down comforter without damaging it is to use a low heat setting and dry it for a longer period of time.
To speed up the drying process, you may add clean tennis balls tied off in clean socks to the load. The tennis balls will reduce the clumping of feathers and prevent the comforter from sticking to itself resulting in more even drying.
It may take several hours to dry your comforter completely, but be patient. Do not use a high temperature in an effort to speed it up.
Do not stop the drying process until the comforter is fully dried. Damp comforters can grow mold and mildew.
Step Three: Daily Care
After your down duvet has been cleaned, keep up a daily care routine to prolong its life. Daily care can include performing regular spot checks for rips, spitting seams, stains, and any other imperfections that can arise with regular wear and tear.
Attend to stains and tears right away to avoid further damage. When cleaning stains, use gentle soaps and cleaning products to reduce the chances of damaging the fabric or the stuffing.
How Often Should You Wash a Down Comforter?
Down comforters should be washed every one or two years. If you’re using a duvet cover and wash the cover regularly, you can wait up to five years before washing your duvet.
Using a duvet cover can extend the life of your comforter by acting as a physical barrier. Covers can offer protection from staining, tearing, and dust mites. Wash your duvet cover at least once per month to maximize its effectiveness.
How to Clean a Down Comforter When Your Washing Machine Is Too Small
If your home machines are too small to hold your down comforter, you can always try laundromats. The washers and dryers at laundromats are much larger than home machines and it is likely they will have front-loading machines which are more gentle on the comforter. For a few dollars, you can launder your comforter with relative ease.
If you choose this option, just be sure to bring coins with you to operate the machines and a way to pass the time. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your machines to ensure your comforter isn’t stolen or misplaced.
Treat Yourself to a Down Comforter
Down comforters are well worth the little effort it takes to maintain them. They are a safe, soft, hypoallergenic option with a luxurious feel that is a great long term investment if you follow our simple tips.
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