How to Wash Comforters Without RUINING Them?
Many people think that doing laundry and washing linens, bedding, and the like is an easy and straightforward task at all times.
Well, the reality of the matter is that those people are dead wrong,
Especially when you have luxury/high end comforter in bulk.If you want to keep your items looking nice and to ensure that they last for as long as possible, there is simply no way that you can possibly just throw something in the washer or the dryer and press start. There is a lot that goes into making the laundry process successful while preserving the integrity of your items.
As such, you may be wondering how you can wash your bed comforters without ruining them in the process.
There are many different strategies that you can and should use in order to do so, both in the washing process and the drying process. Get to know more about some of these strategies and methods so that you can be sure that you are doing anything and everything you can to keep your bedding clean and to ensure that you do not destroy or ruin it in the process. Then, your comforters can look great as well as keep you cozy and warm throughout the cold months of fall, winter, and even spring.
Knowing How Often to Wash Your Comforters
Another factor to consider is how often you should be washing your comforters. After all, if you wash a comforter too often, you could be overworking the fabrics and the stuffing, causing permanent and quick damage to your comforter. And on the other hand, if you do not wash your comforter enough, the dirt, dust and grime that can accumulate on the surface of your comforter can make your bed unclean, affect your health, and can also cause its own damage to the comforter.
In general terms, comforters need to be washed only once every two to three months.
This is assuming that you have not gotten excessive amounts of dirt on your comforter and assumes average use. The rule of every two to three months is also only true if you do not have severe allergies. People with allergies to dust or to pet dander if pets are indoors may need to wash their comforter more often (about every month or so) in order to keep it clean enough to not irritate allergies.
Know That Different Types of Comforters Have Different Washing Needs
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that there are many styles of comforters and a variety of materials that are used in making them. Perhaps the softest and coziest of these comforter materials is down feathers. However, as soft as they are, they are also incredibly delicate and require special care when washing. Cotton and other stuffing material may require slightly different care and drying techniques.
Preparing to Wash Your Comforters
Every comforter will have slightly different instructions on the label as far as care and washing goes. Be sure that you check your comforter labels (See attached example below ) and that you follow them exactly. Many of the labels will give you a great deal of detail in the washing instructions. These details may include the temperature of the water you should use, the types of detergents that are and are not allowed, and whether or not the comforter should be washed at home or dry cleaned by professionals.
How to Wash Your Comforter
As previously mentioned, always follow the washing instructions on your comforter label. This will yield you the best results and keep your comforter looking nice. Additionally, it is important to always wash your comforter by itself. Adding other items into the wash could overload your washing machine and could cause problems with your comforter getting clean.
As you load your comforter into the wash, make sure it is spread out evenly inside of the washing machine tub. Generally speaking, you will want to wash your comforter on the delicates cycle, with an extra rinse cycle added on. The detergent you use should be mild and should only be a small amount. If you are worried about load balance, tennis balls or a pair of completely clean tennis shoes (white ones only) in the wash with the comforter can add balance to the load.
Drying Your Comforter
Once you run your comforter through the washing machine, the real challenge begins. You need to get your comforter dry without damaging it. In the dryer, you absolutely need those tennis balls or shoes in with your comforter to spread and fluff your comforter while keeping everything balanced.
You will dry your comforter on the low heat setting. This means that it can take several hours to get your comforter dry, but will help to ensure that shrinkage, damage, and wrinkling or puckering do not occur. Periodically throughout the drying process, it is important that you stop the dryer and fluff out your comforter to keep the stuffing from shifting all into one area and causing unevenness.
After you run through the low heat cycle, if your comforter is still damp or has just a few spots that are not quite dry, hang your comforter on a line outside or on a drying rack inside your home. Then, your comforter will dry naturally and you can avoid causing issues with the integrity of the fabrics and stitching.