Take The Mystery Out Of Washing Your Comforter With These 6 Handy Tips

Ever wondered how to wash your bed’s comforter? Whether you’re diving into spring cleaning or you just realized that you can’t remember when (or if) you last washed your bed’s comforter, then here’s the lowdown on how to tackle washing that oversized comforter so that it will keep its shape and beauty for many seasons to come.

1. How to wash a comforter in the washing machine

Most down and down-alternative comforters are machine washable. (Be sure to check the care tag for guidelines.) If you feel that your home washing machine isn’t big enough to handle washing your comforter, then head over to the large commercial options available at your nearby Laundromat. Follow the care tag’s instructions, or use a gentle cycle with cool or warm water and a minimal amount of mild laundry detergent.

2. How to dry a comforter

Plan on a couple of hours to dry a down comforter. In an extra-capacity dryer, use the low setting and toss in a few clean tennis balls to fluff it up as it dries. Take the comforter out a couple times during the drying process and give it a good fluffing up to help redistribute the down as it dries. If you’re able to let it dry hanging on an outdoor clothesline on a sunny day, then let it finish out its drying time there. No matter what, it is important that it dries completely to prevent mildew.

3. How to skip cleaning a comforter

Use a duvet cover that goes over your comforter so that when you’re ready to give it a wash, you can simply take the duvet cover off the comforter and wash it easily in your regular washing machine.

4. Can you dry clean a down comforter?

It’s nice to have choices, and if you are short on time and don’t mind the average $60+ bill at the drycleaners, then take this convenient route. Otherwise, consider washing your comforter at home or at the Laundromat.

5. How to spot clean a comforter

It seems that there are plenty of spot removing tricks out there, from using a spot-removing solution that can be found at fabric stores, to a rub of gentle dishwashing soap to bottled enzyme solutions. If the stain is a troublesome one, like red wine, blood or coffee, then you will want to take special care with it. Start by shifting the down away from the spot. Then start with gentle cleansers and work from there until the spot is gone.

6. How often should you wash a comforter?

On average, clean your comforter once every few months. More if you have allergies and less if it doesn’t get much wear and tear. And of course, if you use a duvet cover for your comforter, it is even easier to just wash the cover rather than the comforter whenever you need it.

Now that you know how to launder your comforter, take a look at our inspiring bedroom decorating ideas to refresh your bedroom and get ready for new season.