How to Care for Your Duvets.
It is important to take proper care of your duvets in order to prolong their life and keep them looking good. A duvet does not need to be washed often as the duvet cover keeps it covered and clean. If you spill on your duvet then rather spot wash that area with a bucket of warm soapy water.
If you feel like your duvet needs a complete wash then follow these instructions.
- Use a mild Soap only. Harsh detergents can strip the down of its natural oils, making the down brittle.
- Rinse thoroughly. Double rinse to be sure as residual soap will cause the down to lose loft.
- Because of the size of duvets, most home washers and dryers cannot handle the load properly. Some of the difficulties are, most home washers have a center agitator, which may damage the fabric when it is packed too tightly, rinse cycles may not be long enough to fully remove residual soap.
- The drying of the duvet will require at least several hours (Air fluff or extra low heat only). Check that the down is not clumping as this may indicate that it is still wet (the ticking may be dry but that does not mean the down is). Add dryer balls to shorten the drying time as they will allow air to flow between the folded layers of the duvet while tumbling. If it is still clumping after you are sure enough time has passed, there may be residual soap on the down, you will have to re-rinse the duvet and dry it again.
- Always protect your duvet with a cover. Wash the duvet cover every time you wash your sheets. If an accident occurs remove the cover immediately and clean.
- Hang your duvet outside on a line once or twice a year to air freshen.
- When storing a duvet, place the duvet in a breathable cover to allow any trapped moisture to dry.
- It is important not to leave any residue soap in the down. Also ensure that the fabric and down is completely dry or else it may cause mildew. As most ticking on duvets are made of 100% cotton it is important not to overheat the cotton or else shrinking may occur. –
Also excessive heating may damage the down cluster and cause it to break down, resulting in a loss of insulating properties.
- Always use a cover to protect the duvet from perspiration, soiling and wear, the duvet itself should only need to be cleaned every four to five years. Regular fluffing will help the duvet last longer and provide better insulation. A few vigorous shakes each morning is sufficient to redistribute the fill and avoid matting. Use the cotton tog bag that is supplied with the duvet for storing or transporting your duvet. This bag is cotton and allows the duvet to breath. NEVER use plastic to store you duvet.
The good news is that unless an accident has occurred, duvets need only to be cleaned every 3 – 4 years or longer if regular use and washing of the duvet cover is performed.