How to Wash a Down Comforter at Home
How to wash a down comforter in a home front load washing machine.
Washing a down comforter at home is fairly straight forward. It takes a few hours, some tennis balls, your favorite green laundry soap, a front load washer and a dryer. A synthetic comforter is just as easy to wash and even quicker to dry.
Most front load home washers and dryers are large enough to wash and dry even a king size comforter. DO NOT attempt to wash your comforter in a top load washer. This type of washer is not large enough to wash your comforter. The comforter will fit into the washer, however, there is not enough room for the comforter to move and agitate, so the end result will be a wet soggy mess. For a few dollars, commercial Laundromats have front load washer that will wash your comforter nicely. Or avoid wasting a few hours hanging out at the Laundromat by bringing the comforter to us and we will take care of it for you.
Step by step instructions:
- · Place the comforter in the washer.
- · Start by running the washer in a rinse cycle unless your washing machine has a down comforter cycle. This will wet the comforter and squeeze out all the air allowing the comforter to tumble in the wash cycle as oppose to floating in the wash water. (Skip this step if your washing a synthetic comforter)
- · Now run the washer in the gentle cycle along with a small amount of soap of your choice. The hotter the water the better it will clean, however, the hotter the water the more of a chance that color loss will occur.
- · Once the wash cycle is done place the comforter into the dryer. Along with the comforter place 8-10 tennis balls into the dryer. Don’t have any tennis balls? Place a couple of pairs of tennis shoes into the dryer along with the comforter. The purpose of the tennis balls is to help separate the clumped up of wet feathers inside the comforter. ( No need for tennis balls with a synthetic comforter).
- · Dry the comforter on low heat for 30-45 minutes. Pull the comforter out and flip it around, place the comforter back into the dry and continue drying the comforter.
- · Check the comforter again in 30-45 minutes from the time of the first flip. Flip the comforter again if you still feel any clumping of the feathers. Continue to dry until completely dried.
To determined if the comforter is thoroughly dry, squeeze the comforter every 8-10 inches to check for clumped up feather balls. There will be no feather clumps when the feathers are completely dry. A damp comforter will mold over time and cause problems in the future.
Email me if you have specific questions regarding your comforter or ask your local certified green dry cleaner for specific details regarding your comforter.
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