We know that covering the duvet and hanging it outside to air out are necessary measures needed to preserve the duvet for decades. But did you know that cleaning the duvet is also an essential step to restoring its freshness? Many people miss out on this maintenance step because they feel that duvets aren’t meant to be washed. Some individuals don’t wash their duvets because they consider it to be a tiring and back-breaking task that takes up an entire day. You can either take your duvet to the bedding cleaners or follow this step-by-step guide to clean it annually.
If your duvet has a cover, it is better to remove and wash it separately. Cleaning the cover and duvet separately ensures complete cleansing inside out. Usually, most duvet covers can be washed in washing machines. But make sure you still check its tag and look for any special care during washing.
Observe your duvet closely when the cover is not on. If you see any holes, tears, or open edges, sew them before putting the duvet to wash. Sewing prevents the duvet stuffing from falling out during the cleaning process. Next, check the tag of your duvet to see if they are machine wash-friendly. Most duvets with synthetic or feather fillings can be washed in a machine.
If your duvet is heavily soiled, too dirty, or is badly stinking, pre-soak it before machine washing it. Soak it in a large container or your clean bathtub. You can use water at the room temperature; no need to use warm water. Use a small amount of borax or other pre-soaking treatment to boost the cleaning process.
Now comes the actual step of washing your duvet. Consider the following things:
Use a mild detergent to preserve the color and texture of your duvet. You can use a natural detergent for delicate duvets.
Use a 1/4th cup of a store-bought detergent or slightly more of a natural detergent. Excess detergent can ruin the fabric and stuffing.
Use a 1/4th cup of laundry boosters like borax or baking soda to ensure that your duvet stays beautiful and bright.
Wash the duvet on the delicate or gentle cycle to protect the fabric.
The detergent can get trapped inside the duvet. Thus, run the rinse cycle twice.
Start the drying cycle after your duvet has been washed and rinsed. Dry the duvet on a gentle cycle with low heat. Take the duvet out and hang it to dry and let it air for at least 24 hours. It is obvious that you choose a sunny day to wash your duvet. Drying the duvet indoors during winters or monsoon can only delay the drying process.
You must remember that our bodies shed millions of skin cells and large quantities of sweat every night. So, if you don’t want the bacteria to stick back on your body, wash your duvet at least once every year. If the tag of your duvet doesn’t suggest machine washing, understand that it needs extra care while cleaning. You can get your delicate duvets to our bedding cleaners to make them fresh and clean once again.