Can down comforters be machine washed and dried? I found two at a yard sale for a bargain. Now I don’t want to spend a lot of money to dry clean them. They don’t have any stains.
Tamara Wells, Green Bay
Congratulations on finding your bargain. Let me help you continue to save money by telling you that down comforters can be machine washed and dried. Whether you can complete the process at home depends on the type of washing machine you have. If you have a top loading washer, take the comforter to a laundromat. It’s easier to manage a quilt or other bedding in a large capacity front-loading machine.
Next, choose a mild detergent and use the delicate cycle with lukewarm water. This method protects the down feathers from damage.
When it’s time for the rinse cycle, run that twice. That’s because the comforters may retain a lot of soap inside.
When the machine has stopped, you’ll have to choose your next step. Although you can save some money by air-drying the comforter, it’s risky. It may take a long time to dry completely, which can cause mildew. Instead, place the comforters in the dryer and run it on low heat. Stop the dryer now and then to fluff up the fabric and loosen up clumps inside.
In conclusion, if you want to learn more about washing comforters or cleaning pillows at home, take a look at https://www.tipsbulletin.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-wash-a-down-comforter-at-home/ I hope your new comforters turn out lovely.