How to Care for Down Comforters and Other Bedding Items

Chris Patterson

There is nothing quite like putting on your pajamas at the end of a long day and slinking into bed under your warm and cozy down comforter – but when was the last time you washed it? Just like your sheets and pillowcases, down comforters and other bedding items can be home to bacteria, odor and mold if they are not properly cleaned. The difference is that these items require more sensitive care – one misstep and your down comforter could lose its fluffy and inviting appeal for life.

Down-Comforter

Caring for Down Comforters 101

Considering how costly down comforters can be, the best way to protect your investment is to always have your down comforter and similar bedding items dry cleaned by a professional. Attempting to wash a down comforter without professional help can be time consuming and lead to a large margin for error based on the specific type of filling (goose down, lambswool, polyester fiberfill, etc) and unique casing. If you insist on caring for your down comforter at home, we recommend the following tips to help you with the process:

  • Closely follow the instructions on the care tag of both the comforter and casing
  • Use a front-loading washer (top-loading machines will agitate and damage fabric)
  • Do not jam or force your down comforter into a washer that is not large enough to accommodate its size (consider using a bathtub if need be)
  • Set the washing machine to the gentlest cycle, using only warm water
  • Add a small amount of mild liquid detergent (using powders may result in residue)
  • Do not hang your wet down comforter on a line to dry (this may result in uneven packing)
  • Allow your down comforter to dry completely for several hours on a low or no heat setting (to avoid the growth of mildew in damp areas)
  • Add a clean tennis ball to the drying cycle to keep the down from shifting
  • Add a clean, dry towel to the drying cycle to absorb moisture and prevent burns.

How to Properly Care for Other Bedding Items

When it comes to other bedding items like pillows, quilts, and blankets, you should use the same gentle washing cycle and mild detergent guidelines. The recommended water temperature depends on the fabric (never use hot water to clean wool bedding) and label. Always read the recommended instructions before putting pillows into the dryer, especially if they are made of memory foam (which can melt). Foam pillows should be air dried on a rack/clothesline or handled by a professional.

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