Bedding sets filled with real or alternative down are snugly and soft, and they keep you warm when there's a chill in the air. It's hard not to love your down comforter, but no matter what size comforter you place on your bed, at some point, it accumulates too much grime and requires a good washing. Before you attempt to clean it, read these helpful tips for properly cleaning your cozy bed cover.
Remove Stains Using the Spot-Treatment Method
As you gaze at your best down comforter, you may momentarily feel apprehensive about getting rid of those stains that somehow penetrated its fabric. This may be especially true if you own a goose feather comforter. There's no need to fear, because you can easily tackle stains by doing a spot treatment. Remove the comforter from your bed and bring it to the the laundry room, bathroom or kitchen.
Apply a small amount of stain remover to the area, and allow it to soak for up to several hours. Tougher stains take longer to fade. Do this step before putting it into the wash.
Use a High-Capacity, Front-Loading Washing Machine
Comforters take up a lot of room in washers, so it's important that you only wash yours in a large front-loading washing machine. Lack of an agitator is the main reason for choosing this type of washer. An agitator can create holes and cause shredding, which is to be avoided at all costs. It's also easy to see the comforter through the front glass window.
Choose the Gentle Cycle
Load the comforter into the washing machine. If you have to pack it in tightly, the washer is too small, and you then need a bigger one for the task. Temporarily remove the comforter. Add mild detergent, and set the wash cycle to gentle or delicate. Water temperature should be warm, and never hot or cold. Run the washer for up to two minutes, and then place the comforter inside. The soapy water gently cleans away all of that grime.
Rinse Twice to Get Rid of Every Last Bit of Soap
When the cleaning cycle is finished, allow the washer to complete the entire rinse cycle. Keep watch, because you have to run the rinse cycle a second time to ensure that every drop of soap is cleansed from the comforter.
Machine or Air-Dry: Which Is Better?
When it comes to drying your bedding comforter, you have the choice to use the electric dryer or the more natural air-drying method. One method isn't really superior to the other, but if you're pressed for time, the electric dryer is faster. The dryer method works well for most down comforters as long as you set it to the lowest heat point. If you choose to air dry, the best way to do it is to spread it out flat and let it dry in a sunny spot.
This Neat Trick Reduces Drying Time
To get your white down comforter to dry faster in an electric dryer, simply toss a couple of tennis balls covered with socks into the dryer. This helps to break up the filling so that the comforter dries faster. You can also remove the laces from a canvas sneaker and toss it in with your comforter to achieve the same effect.
The Importance of Fluffing
Periodically fluff up your comforter with you hands during the drying process. Feel the material to see if the entire comforter is drying evenly, or only in a few spots. Fluff and shake it a bit to get rid of clumps. Remove the comforter from the dryer when done, and fluff it one more time before putting it back on your bed. It may take several more hours before your comforter is completely dry, and you can snuggle under it once again.