How to Wash a Feather Duvet

Can you wash a feather duvet? Of course!

While many people neglect to wash normal duvets, even more people neglect washing feather duvets as they assume that washing them will be more difficult. However, a feather duvet can be washed effectively in the home.

Before attempting to wash a feather duvet make sure to check what feather or down has been used as this could mean you won’t be able to wash it in your machine and will need to have it dry cleaned instead. Check that the label states that the duvet can be washed before proceeding with these steps, as some feather duvets might need to be dry cleaned.

If all is well and the label says you can machine-wash your feather duvet, make sure to put the duvet on a gentle cycle at a low temperature whilst using a mild detergent such as Woolite or one with enzymes. When putting detergent in the machine it is better to mix it with water so as to ensure every part of the duvet is washed thoroughly. Therefore, it might be more efficient to choose a soft detergent that you can place immediately into the drum with the duvet.

In the event that there is a stain that you want to remove, it is most effective to apply stain remover directly onto the mark before placing it into the machine. This will ensure that the stain is gone after the first wash. To guarantee that the stain has been removed and the duvet is thoroughly clean put the machine on a long wash. But always remember that the wash should be on a delicate but soft setting!

How to dry a feather duvet

After the wash has finished make sure to completely dry the duvet before using it again. There are two ways of doing this:

  • The tumble dryer. It is safe to put your feather duvet in the tumble dryer. However, you must make sure to put it on a low temperature so that you do not damage it. If your dryer has a tendency to shrink clothes or is faulty in some way, it is best to be safe and dry it without the tumble dryer.
  • Drying it outside. Perhaps the safest but slowest method is to hang your feather duvet outside in a shaded area. Before hanging it on your washing line, make sure to shake it well to remove any fabric creases.

When hanging it outside it is important to turn the duvet over every 2 hours and, as it dries out, loosen and even out the lumpy pieces of down or feather with your fingers so as to ensure the duvet remains fluffy and light. This method will take around 8 hours. If it’s still a bit damp, put it in the tumble dryer for 20 minutes on a low heat to finish drying it.

Washing your duvet, though taxing, is necessary and many people forget just how important it is to having a healthy and clean bed. Hopefully, this article has been useful in helping you decide whether to wash feather duvet at home and if so how to do it!

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