How to Wash A Down Comforter

Before taking our advice on how to wash and dry your down comforters, we suggest checking the tags and instructions to see what sort of wash requirements it has to ensure that your down lasts for as long as possible as these instructions can vary depending on the manufacturing process.

Generally, down comforters can last for anyone between 5 to 15 years depending on the material it has been created with as well as how well you maintain them; so taking the time to ensure you’re treating your comforter correctly can really make the difference.

It can be stressful to know how to properly wash and dry your comforter, so in this article, we are going to go over some of the dos and don’t so we make your life much easier when it comes to washing time.

Should You Put Down Comforter in The Washing Machine?

As we mentioned in the beginning, it all depends on the manufacturing process it has been through as to whether or not it is a smart idea to wash your comforter in the washing machine.

So it is very important to read the labels on your own down comforter before fully taking our advice.

Along with what it says on the comforters tag, here are a few things to keep in mind when washing your down:

  • Set the washer to the lowest possible temperature.
  • Choose the lowest revolutions per minute (RPM).
  • Select the program for fine or wool wash (they may be a down program option if you’ve got a fancy washing machine).
  • Use a detergent that is specifically for down comforters.
  • Wash again in water to ensure the removal of detergent residue.

Though, because of how delicate these down comforters can be, sometimes it’s best to get professional help if you seek to give your down a good clean.

This also might be your only option if you’ve got down which fits on a bed larger than a double, as a standard washing machine will not be big enough to put your large down comforter in.

It may seem unnecessary to pay money for something you can do yourself at home, but the peace of mind is worth it.

Generally, we would only recommend washing your down once a year, so getting them cleaned by a specialist company won’t put too much of a hole in your pocket.

Dying The Down Comforter

So, you’ve just washed your down comforter on a warm but not to hot slow speed wash and you’re ready to dry it out and put it back on your bed.

But you’re wondering, what is the best way to dry such a delicate duvet is.

Well, there are two things you can do to get your comforter dry, though one of the ways we would not recommend and we’ll tell you why.

THE WRONG WAY to Drying Down Comforters

We believe that your down comforter is so delicate that you should not dry it in a tumble dryer if you can absolutely help it – though we understand everyone’s situations are different, so if this is your option, then don’t worry too much.

Just like washing it in a washing machine, we would recommend setting the machine to a low RPM.

But, if you can help it, we would not recommend putting your down comforter into your dryer, as we believe there is a far superior way.

A way that will treat your duvet longer ensuring that it lasts for many years.

THE RIGHT WAY to Drying Down Comforters

The only way we believe to properly dry your down comforter is by hanging it out outside on a dry afternoon, letting the airflow through the duvet which will ensure that it can naturally dry without it getting too hot or throw it around in your tumble dryer.

Which could damage the material and reduce its lifespan by years?

The tumble drying process is great for most items you can throw in there but when it comes to something delicate such as your down comforter, this is less than ideal and is exactly why we would recommend naturally drying it outside.

To Summarise

Properly washing and drying your down comforter can make the difference in its life span, taking care of it is essential if you wish to keep using it year on year.

But as you might have learned from this article, it can be quite stressful to properly make sure you are doing the right thing when it comes to cleaning it.

As we’ve also mentioned, you could leave it up to the professionals and let them deal with the headache when it comes to cleaning such a delicate but essential part of any one’s bedroom.