How to clean a duvet?

How to wash a duvet effectively? Natural duvet or synthetic duvet it is important to follow some important guidelines so as not to damage your duvet during washing.

I present to you today on 10-tips practical advice for washing a duvet. Happy cleaning!

Tips for washing a bed quilt:

Most duvets can be machine washed without a problem. Of course certain precautions must be taken to avoid damaging the duvet or worse the washing machine.

It is also important to read the label on the duvet to ensure that it is machine washable and to know the recommended washing cycle.

Here are some practical tips for machine washing your duvet:

  • Check the weight and dimension of the quilt to be certain that the size of the machine is sufficient.
  • Fold the duvet accordion style so that it retains its shape during the wash.
  • Place 2 or 3 tennis balls inside the drum to maintain the shape of the duvet.
  • Choose a low speed spin cycle to avoid damaging the duvet.
  • Make sure the drum size is large enough to wash a duvet.
  • To ensure good cleaning, it is better to run 2 rinse cycles.

Once the duvet has been machine washed, it is now time to dry it… But how?

Depending on the material of the duvet, it is quite possible to dry it in the dryer. So take the time to read the label carefully to know the washing and drying instructions.

Here are some tips for drying:

  • For tumble drying always choose a low temperature cycle.
  • Use dryer balls or even tennis balls to keep the puffy and soft side of the duvet.
  • For air drying, the drying time can take several days.
  • Find a ventilated and sunny place to speed up the drying time.

Make sure the duvet is perfectly dry because a duvet that is still damp will cause mold to appear and attract unwanted insects. 😕

If you want to buy dryer balls here are some at the best price:

dryer balls

dryer balls

  • Help circulate hot air in the dryer
  • Lifts and separates laundry while drying
  • Naturally inflates and softens laundry

If you have just purchased a feather or natural down duvet, it is important to follow the appropriate washing instructions, otherwise you risk damaging it.

Here are some tips for washing a down and feather duvet:

  • Make sure you have a washing machine with a drum of 15 kg or more.
  • Fold the comforter into an accordion shape and place it inside the machine without forcing it.
  • Always use mild, natural detergents when possible.
  • According to the directions on the label, a temperature of 40ºC is ideal.
  • Wash the duvet once a year maximum to avoid damaging the down and feathers.

For drying a feather duvet:

Finally, for drying, the instructions are the same as for a synthetic duvet. Add 2 or 3 dryer balls and choose low temperature for drying.

You can also dry a natural down duvet in the open air by patting the duvet as often as possible.

Has your duvet turned yellow over time? If you don’t want to buy a new duvet this year, you can wash and bleach a duvet.

Here is how to whiten a yellowed comforter:

With lemon juice:

The first tip is to use lemon juice. Add the juice of a lemon to the drum of the washing machine in addition to the detergent. Add in a fabric pocket (suitable for the washing machine) slices of lemon without the seeds of course.

With sodium percarbonate:

Sodium percarbonate helps remove yellow, saliva and perspiration stains from laundry. So add 1 tablespoon of percarbonate to the drum of the washing machine in addition to the laundry detergent. (sodium percarbonate can be irritating to skin and eyes so handle with care)

Use these whitening tips with synthetic duvets only to avoid damaging the feathers and down of natural duvets.

Are you looking for a trick to clean a yellowed mattress?

If you are looking for tips for disinfecting and washing a mattress then this article is worth reading: How to clean a mattress?

5. When to change your natural or synthetic duvet?

Of course over time the duvet will lose its puffiness, its softness, its enveloping side and even its whiteness to give way to a yellowish tint. So depending on the type of duvet you have chosen, it may be time to buy a new one!

Indeed the normal lifespan of a natural duvet is about 10 years while for a synthetic duvet we speak rather of about 5 years.

To choose the best duvet, I recommend reading our buying guide right here: How to choose your duvet?

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