I’m putting away all the winter bedding. I can see that my comforter needs cleaning. Do you know how to wash a feather duvet at home??
Amanda Betz, Lexington, Kentucky
You can wash a comforter or feather duvet at home if you have a heavy-duty front-loading washer. Unfortunately, the agitators in top loading washers might damage a duvet.
Plan on using the delicate cycle with warm water to wash the comforter. Water that is too hot or too cold can hurt the feathers and the fabric. Only use a mild detergent. You’ll probably need to run the rinse twice to get all the soap out of the duvet.
Don’t worry if your bedding looks stained when it’s wet. It may appear out of shape, too. You may need to gently press any extra water out of it. You can also let it drip dry a bit out in the sunshine. But don’t let it air dry completely because it could mildew.
If you find that not only your bedding needs cleaning, there are several different methods you can use to wash your mattress, too. The best way to clean a mattress is to remove all the bedding and wash it separately, then vacuum the entire mattress surface.
Tackle spots from sweat, vomit, urine, and blood with stain removers designed for that purpose. Air dry. Your mattress will be just as fresh as your clean bedding.
Put the duvet in the dryer on the delicate cycle. It’s good if you can check it while it dries. You can fluff up the down to help it dry evenly. But be aware it could take hours to finish even when you use a dryer.
If you want to see how to wash pillows or your down comforter too, take a look at this article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-wash-a-down-comforter-at-home/