How to wash a comforter or duvet

This article will serve as a guide on how to wash your comforter or duvet in 6 easy steps.

1. Firstly check the care label on your comforter or duvet to determine whether it is washable. Some comforters may have intricate beading and require hand washing.
If your product is machine washable please proceed to the next step.

2.    Determine whether your comforter will fit into both your washing machine and tumble dryer. If the comforter is too cramped it will not get the opportunity to become clean, there is also the added hazard of scorching.

*Scorching occurs when the space is so tightly packed in the dryer that some areas remain wet while others are dry, causing the dry areas to scorch if the duvet is left in too long as a result. If your bedding is too cramped you might prefer to take your bedding to a professional drycleaner or a self-service laundry where commercial sized machines are available to more comfortable fit your bedding.  However if your home washing equipment is adequate you can proceed to the next step.

3.    Eliminate surface dust from the material by lightly vacuuming with a brush attachment. I must warn you to be careful during this stage and avoid sucking up loose threads. If your comforter has numerous loose threads place a nylon stocking secured by an elastic band over the head of head of the vacuum as an alternative to the brush.

4.    Determine whether your product is colorfast. Use a small quantity of prewash stain removal liquid or spray in an inconspicuous area of the duvet.

5.    Once you’ve determined that your comforter or duvet is colorfast you may pre-treat heavy stains with a suitable prewash stain-remover of your choice. Work the cleaning solution into the fabric using nylon-bristled scrubbing brush- with gentle circular motions. You are now ready to wash the item (by itself) in the washing machine. Choose a water temperature according to the label and add laundry detergent. Wash the comforter or duvet on your machines gentlest cycle.

6.    Drying the duvet or comforter: choose your drying temperature according to the labeling of the comforter. Add either clean tennis balls or a clean sneaker to the drum in order to keep the filling of the comforter or duvet from clumping together during the drying cycle. Stop the cycle intermittently to check that the fabric is not being scorched and is drying evenly.

By Leanne Naidoo

Tags:  Laundry Cleaning
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