Down Comforters do get soiled and require periodic cleaning.
The best way of cleaning your down comforter is to wash it, rather than dry cleaning it.
- The chemical used in dry-cleaning is PERC. PERC is considered carcinogenic. The dry-cleaning process leaves a PERC residues on the down and cover. The reality is, your mouth is next to your comforter all night. You are likely breathing in this residue for extended periods of time each night.
- Harsh chemicals can also damage both the down cluster and the cotton shell of the comforter.
In the below video, we demonstrate how we recommend washing a down comforter: (There were a few frequency issues between the laundry equipment and the wireless microphone - sorry, it’s not too bad).
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Washing a down comforter is not too challenging – drying is a little more involved. Which is why we recommend taking it to a Laundromat, as the dryers typically have larger drums than you have at home.
- We also like to use the high efficiency front loaders vs. the top load washers.
- When it is time to wash your comforter, it is also a great time to check to see if it is worn out and needs replacing.
- Click here to be redirected to our blog and video were we demonstrates how to tell if it is time to replace yours.
- Place your down comforter in the wash machine, add money & detergent to the washer.
- Using bleach in the cleaning process is discouraged by all down comforter manufacturers, as bleach can cause slight damage to the down and outside cotton shell. We agree; however, we look at it this way:
- Dust mites are in virtually all bedding, including comforters. Which do you prefer, a clean comforter that may wear out a little sooner or sleeping with dust mites for the next 10 years?
- If you agree, add a 1/4 cup of bleach to the load.
Let the washer do its thing. Then grab a coffee cup of wine and go talk politics with some of the “regulars”.
- When the wash cycle is complete, you’ll notice the wet comforter looks as if all the down is gone – not to worry. It’s not, it is just wet.
- Take your down comforter over to a high-speed extractor and let it spin... This will speed up the drying process.
- Laundromat dryer drums are typically 2 to 3 times larger than those found in a home.
- The larger drum makes the drying process faster and easier as the comforter begins to fluff and come back to shape.
- Okay, place the down comforter in the dryer and set the heat at medium.
- Here is the important part – as the down begins to dry and fluff you will notice that it will start to fill up the dryer drum.
- Because the heat comes from the outside surface of the drum, you will find the outside of the comforter may feel dry but the inside may still be damp.
- Once the comforter begins to fluff up a bit, take it out of the dryer and re-orientate it, bring the damp center to the outside and vice versa, then place it back in the drier.
- About every 5 minutes or so, take it out and re-orientate it again.
- If you notice some of the down bunched up in the compartments - simply fluff these clumps by hand.
- Once it is totally dry, take it home and stuff it in your duvet cover.
- If you get it home and it feels damp, just put it outside in the sun or lay it over your bed (un-stuffed) until it air dries.
If you want to see how to easily stuff your duvet cover click here .
Here is a blog article and video on how to wash your down pillows as well.
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