The duvet is also a nest for bacteria! If we think about changing sheets regularly, few of us clean their quilts regularly. However, whether naked or covered with a cover, it absorbs sweat as much and mites proliferate there as in mattresses. So at least once a year, do a spring wash. Cleaning and drying, we explain how to do it.
Tips for machine washing for cleaning duvet
Before washing in the machine, check the label on the duvet to make sure it can be washed in the washing machine.
Then have its size and weight adapted to your machine. A duvet weighs in fact from 8 to 17 kg and some models of washing machine do not exceed the quantity of 10 kg of laundry. In addition, think that its volume and weight will be further increased by water. If your washing machine is too small, you will have to wear your quilt in a dry cleaning, these being in principle equipped with larger models.
Warning ! Also take care that your duvet does not have a snag that would let its trim escape. If this is the case, a little mending with thread and a needle is necessary.
Finally, if your machine is large enough, load it with the duvet folded in the form of an accordion in order to best protect the liner from the filling.
At what temperature should we be cleaning duvet ?
If you do not want to end up with a child-size comforter after washing, do not start a machine cleaning cycle with a temperature above 60 degrees. Refer to the duvet label to be sure you are not mistaken.
If your machine allows it, start two rinsing cycles which will remove all the detergent residue perfectly.
With what product?
Laundry is often a matter of taste, some prefer powder, others gel. To clean such a large area, we recommend the use of a liquid detergent, which dissolves better and therefore rinses more easily. Respect the dosage indicated on the bottle!
Do I have to add bleach?
Generally, quilt manufacturers do not recommend using bleach because its active ingredients can damage the trims and seams and therefore shorten the life of the quilt. However, it works wonders against dust mites, so people with allergies can pour a few drops in addition to the usual detergent.
What about the feather duvet?
Feathers or down are more fragile than synthetic fillings, which is why we recommend that you entrust their cleaning to a professional.
machine washing tip: the risk when you put your duvet in the washing machine is that the lining inside does not settle. To avoid ending up with an uneven comforter full of balls, place one or two wash balls in the washing machine. By turning with the drum, they will beat the quilt and help it keep its original shape. If you don’t have one, use a pair of canvas shoes (without the laces!) Or two tennis balls trapped in a sock.
In the same way, do not choose an intense spin cycle!
How to wash the comforter by hand
The sine qua non condition for washing your duvet by hand is that you have a bathroom fitted with a bathtub. Indeed, once sip of water the duvet becomes very heavy and for this reason you may find it difficult to handle it in a shower, or even injure your back.
Then just fill the tub with water and pour in some detergent.
Warning ! The amounts of detergent indicated on the bottle by the manufacturer correspond to a water temperature often higher than that which will come out of the tap, adjust the dose of product accordingly!
When washing the duvet, make sure to beat it evenly with your fists, to prevent the filling from moving and settling in one place.
Take special care in rinsing, it is indeed necessary to remove the detergent. Repeat the operation several times, it is better to rinse too much than not enough, drying will only be easier.
Finally, if possible, get help to wring it out. Be careful not to twist the quilt as you would with a towel for example, you may indeed damage the filling.
Guide Bedding’s point of view: cleaning the duvets by hand is particularly long and painful to perform, for a result that you will not necessarily judge to be up to par, especially if yours is very large. Keep it for baby quilts, but in this case, use natural detergents to limit the risk of allergies.
Why choose a professional wash or go to the laundry? for cleaning duvet
We told you above, if your duvet is too large or heavy for your machine, you will need to take it to the dry cleaners, or entrust it to a professional in the washing. In the same way, if the filling is in fragile natural fiber, such as a feather or down, it is better to entrust your duvet to a specialist. If the service is self-service, count on average from 15 to 20 € for cleaning. When it is a professional who does the washing, the price will range from 20 € for a synthetic duvet for 2 people to 30 € or more for a natural duvet.
Some bed linen specialists like Plum ‘Service offer a real makeover to your duvet. Indeed, this company offers to wash the lining of your duvet separately, after removing its cover, and to replace it with a new one after cleaning the lining. Your duvet is like new!
How do I remove stains from my quilt?
If you don’t want to put your quilt in the washing machine, or if you are worried that there will be stains even after being washed, these few tips will help you remove them easily.
If you have just created the task, immediately wipe it with a sponge lightly moistened with soap. To speed up drying, you can use a hair dryer, but hold it far enough from the fabric to avoid damaging it.
If the damage is already done, isolate the part to be cleaned by wrapping it with a firmly knotted string.
For coffee, blood or urine stains, you have two choices: rub the stain with a sponge soaked in a mixture of water and ammonia or oxygenated water, or a mixture equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar.
A little extra advice: never use bleach to clean the cover of your duvet, you could damage it!
How to dry my duvet?
Cleaning duvet In the dryer, is it possible?
The easiest way, if you have one, is to put your synthetic or natural duvet in the dryer. Again for temperature, check beforehand on the label, and in any case, do not choose a cycle higher than 60 degrees.
Good to know: even if the manufacturer allows a warmer drying, if your duvet has a printed pattern, it may be bleached by too high a temperature.
Use your tennis balls again to keep all the loft in the comforter. Another option is to stop drying regularly, exit and shake the comforter to inflate it.
How can we clean duvet without a dryer ?
You have no choice, you will have to dry it naturally. If you are lucky enough to benefit from a balcony or a garden, prefer the sunny days to wash and dry your duvet.
If the weather does not allow it or you do not have an exterior, choose a rather warm room for the drying of your duvet, otherwise the operation may take time and your bedding accessory will take on a damp odor. more unpleasant.
The trick in addition to Bedding Guide: the secret for the comforter to keep its fullness is to lay it flat on the clothesline and not to hang it on a thread. If you cannot do otherwise, you will have to shake it and turn it every hour so that the drying is uniform.
Warning ! Do not place a feather or down comforter on a radiator to speed up its drying! On the one hand, it risks catching fire or deteriorating an electric heater, on the other hand, the feathers and the down may completely dry out and their qualities will no longer be optimal.
Final advice before we leave:
- Protect your duvet from stains and dust by covering it with a pretty cover.
- Every morning, shake your duvet to get rid of the residue from the night and air it frequently on the window sill to remove moisture and prevent mold.
- And don’t forget, an average duvet is changed every 5 years.!