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How to Wash a Down Comforter ‚Äď So it Stays Cozy and Fluffy

Before you put a down comforter into the washing machine, check the tag. ‚ÄėMost product undergoes extensive quality testing based on the retailers‚Äô standards, says CEO of New Sega Home Brian Delp, who has extensive experience in bedding across a wide range of manufacturers and brands. ‚ÄėThis testing identifies the optimum process to care and extend the life of your comforter.‚Äô

The drum of your washing machine must provide sufficient space. ‚ÄėUse a front-loading, high capacity washer (some top-loaders can work if they are high capacity and without a central agitator),‚Äô says Karin¬†Sun.

 

2. CHECK FOR STAINS AND TEARS BEFORE WASHING

Also important when considering how to wash a down comforter is checking its condition. ‚ÄėCarefully inspect your comforter for any spots or stains before loading it in the washing machine,‚Äô says Alan Weiner, COO of¬†Elegant Strand. ‚ÄėIf you see any, use a stain treatment in line with your manufacturer‚Äôs instructions. Make sure to look for holes and tears; you‚Äôll want to stitch those up, so the filling doesn‚Äôt come out during the wash.‚Äô

3. ADD THE DETERGENT

Always use a gentle detergent to wash a down comforter. You can use a detergent specifically designed for down if you prefer. ‚ÄėDo not use softeners or additives like bleach so as not to impact the integrity of the fill,‚Äô says Brian Delp. Fragranced detergents shouldn‚Äôt be used either.

Tempted to use extra detergent because of the size of a comforter? ‚ÄėUse the normal amount of laundry soap, as recommended by the manufacturer of your washer ‚Äď you don‚Äôt need more just because it‚Äôs bulky,‚Äô says Alan Weiner.

 

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