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Cleaning Down Comforters

Once youíve invested in a down comforter, itís important to take care of it so that it lasts for years to come. Keeping the comforter clean by properly covering it with a duvet cover is only part of what you can do. You also have to wash them once in a while.

Most down manufacturers recommend that their comforters be laundered with a cleaning solution that is made specifically for cleaning down. The suggested intervals between cleanings will vary widely. The theory is that too-frequent washing will damage the down and that laundering can shrink your comforter somewhat. Once every year or so is probably a good idea if youíve protected it with a cover.

To launder a comforter, check first to make sure there are no holes or tears. If there are, fix them. Next, spot clean the cover if necessary. Wash on the delicate setting and be sure it gets rinsed well. Use the extra rinse setting on your machine or just send it through the rinse cycle a second time.

To dry your comforter, make sure a good portion of the water has been extracted by the spin cycle (or you can do it by hand). Dry it on the lowest heat setting to avoid burning the cover. You can add a couple of tennis balls stuck inside a plain white sock to help fluff and redistribute the down as it dries. Youíll need to remove the comforter several times during the drying process to make sure it dries evenly.
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