How to Care for Your Down & Down Alternative Comforter at Home

No time to make it to the dry cleaners? No problem. Use this cleaning method to keep your down or down alternative comforter fluffy and fresh.

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Easy steps to care for your down or down alternative comforters.

Washing your down and down alternative comforters is not as difficult as it may seem. However, we admit that there are a few steps involved to allow for optimal use and longevity. With proper care, your down comforter can last for years. When the time comes to wash your down comforter, we recommend that you check the care instructions since proper care depends on the comforter type and brand. If you are looking to wash your down alternative comforter, click here.


Caring for Down Comforters

Washing

Washing a Comforter

Use an extra large, high-efficiency front load washer to clean down or down alternative comforters.

Load the comforter (by itself) into an extra-large, front-loading washing machine and select the water temperature. Every comforter is a bit different, so be sure to check the temperature setting and detergent suggestions on the comforter label. When in doubt, put the machine on the gentle or delicate cycle using cool or warm water. Make sure that the machine is able to perform multiple rinse cycles and add a minimal amount of a mild detergent. Using too much detergent or not allowing it to wash out can reduce the warmth and softness of the down comforter.


Drying

The crucial part of this step is to make sure that the down is dried all the way and that the goose down feathers are evenly distributed.

Drying a Comforter

Use wool dryer balls to separate the down feathers and make your comforter cozy and plush.

Add the cleaned comforter and wool dryer balls (or tennis balls) to an extra-large capacity clothes dryer on the low-heat setting. The tennis balls make sure that the filling is constantly moving and drying. Take the comforter out of the dryer a few times during the drying process to fluff and redistribute the down. When the comforter feels dry, allow the comforter to air dry to allow air to circulate around it for a few hours before putting it on the bed. This is an additional safety precaution, especially since down feathers can grow mold if not fully dried.


Storage

If you plan on putting your down comforter away for the season or switching up styles, we recommend removing the duvet cover and storing it separately. Wrap the down comforter in breathable cotton to store it. A king-sized cotton sheet will work if you don't have a cotton storage bag.

Storing a Comforter

Properly storing your down comforter will preserve its quality for years to come.

Make sure the down comforter is completely dry before storing it. Do not store down in a plastic storage bag. Plastic promotes moisture and can create mildew not only on the surface, but also in the down feathers. A well-ventilated closet on the top shelf is the ideal place for storage. Ensure that nothing is on top of it that will crush the down feathers. This is an important note, especially since crushed feathers will reduce the efficiency of the down making it less insulating.


Caring for Down Alternative Comforters

The care instructions below will help you achieve optimal use and longevity of your down alternative comforter. We recommend that you check the care instructions since proper care depends on the comforter type and brand.

Please note: The Company Store® down alternative comforters should not be dry cleaned, bleached, ironed, or steamed. This will damage the comforter and reduce its softness.

  • Step 1: Place the down alternative comforter in a large-capacity, front-loading machine (the same as down comforter) on the gentle or delicate cycle, using cool water. Every comforter is a bit different, so be sure to check the temperature setting and detergent suggestions on the comforter label.

  • Step 2: It is very important to use a minimal amount of mild detergent and set the machine to two rinse cycles. Using a small amount of mild detergent and two rinse cycles will guarantee that all the detergent is rinsed out. If detergent remains on the comforter, it can cause stiffness and faster wear on the comforter.

  • Step 3: To dry, tumble dry on no heat with a tennis ball or clean sneaker. Remove after it is fully dried and avoid any heat. Be mindful that it will take time to thoroughly dry and prevent mold growth. Be patient since drying can be a long process.

  • Step 4: Enjoy your freshly washed and incredibly soft down alternative comforter.

Use our Comforter Buying Guide to determine your wants and needs.


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