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Best Way to Wash a Down Comforter

Best Way to Wash a Down Comforter

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 a down comforter, but no matter what size comforter you place on your bed, at some point it will require a good washing. Before you attempt to wash it, read these helpful tips for properly cleaning your down comforter.

How to Clean a Down Comforter:



Fix Rips and Tears

It’s important to mend any rips and tears before washing a down comforter. That way they don’t worsen during the rinse cycle or fill your appliances with feathers. First, trim any loose threads. You can then iron, sew, or use fabric glue to attach a patch of similar-colored fabric over the tear. The patch should be big enough to extend past the edges of the hole.


Remove Stains Using the Spot-Treatment Method

You may feel a little apprehensive about getting rid of those stains that have somehow appeared on your down comforter, especially if you own a goose feather comforter. Don’t worry, you can easily tackle stains by doing a spot treatment before washing. 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. If you don’t have any stain remover, applying a small amount of laundry detergent directly to the stain and working it into the fabric can be an effective substitute.


Use a High-Capacity, Front-Loading Washing Machine

Comforters take up a lot of washer space, so it’s important that you only wash yours in a large front-loading washing machine. The main reason for choosing this type of washer is its lack of an agitator. While agitators are great for regular laundry loads, they can damage bulkier items. A front-loading machine is the best option to keep your down comforter in top shape.


Choose the Gentle Cycle

Load the down comforter into the washing machine to see how it fits. If you have to pack it in tightly, then the washer is too small and you’ll need to use a bigger machine for the task. Temporarily remove the comforter. Add a mild detergent and set the wash cycle to gentle or delicate. Water temperature should be warm, never hot or cold. Run the washer for up to two minutes and then place the down comforter inside. The soapy water will gently clean away any dirt or grime.


Rinse Twice

When the cleaning cycle is finished, allow the washer to complete the entire rinse cycle. You should run the rinse cycle a second time to ensure that every drop of soap is removed from your down comforter.


Dry Your Down Comforter

Mildew can grow in damp bedding and ruin it, so it’s important to thoroughly dry your down comforter. You can put a down comforter in an electric dryer or let it naturally air-dry.

Using an electric dryer for a down comforter is faster. Just make sure you run it on a low-heat cycle. To speed up the process, simply toss a couple of tennis balls covered with socks into the dryer. This helps break up the filling so that your down comforter dries faster. Remove the comforter periodically to make sure it doesn’t burn.

To air dry your down comforter, spread it out flat in an open area and leave it for a few hours. When one side starts to feel dry, flip it over on the other side. If you can lay your down comforter in the sun, it will dry faster.


Don’t Forget to Fluff

Once your down comforter is done drying, fluff and shake it a bit to get rid of clumps and distribute the down more evenly. When you’ve spread the down around to your satisfaction, you’re free to put your down comforter back on your bed. Doing this each time you wash it will keep your down comforter fluffy and comfortable.