Down blankets are long-lasting, easy to clean and offer years of comfort. In summer, they can offer a lightweight comforter a boost. How to clean a down blanket?
Dry cleaning your down blankets is easy and worry-free. Your blanket will be fully clean without getting any damage because dry cleaner will clean the blanket in their huge washing machines. Dry cleaning chemicals are harsh to the down, but dry cleaning is the only way to ensure against shrinkage. Dry cleaning is an option on the care tags. As not all dry cleaners have laundry facilities, you have to ask if they have washing capabilities.
If you have a regular-sized washing machine, you can wash your blanket at home. If you want to wash queen or king blanket, you can send it to dry cleaner for your apartment-sized washing machine is too small.
Avoid washing blanket in a machine with an agitator. Or, the blanket can get wrapped around the agitator and tear the fabric, letting the down out. Make sure that your blanket is evenly balanced during all the cycles.
Tips for Washing a Down Blanket
- Use gentle soap without additives.
- Cold water is the best choice for your blankets will shrink up to 8% in hot water.
- Use the fastest speed to take as much moisture out as possible.
- Use non-chlorine bleach.
- Avoid using fabric softener because it will coat the down and reduce its fluff.
Tips for Drying a Down Blanket
- While heat, you can choose hot, warm or low depending on your choice. If you choose low heat, be patient because it will take multiple cycles.
- Add two or three clean tennis balls or dryer balls to speed up your dry time.
- Completely dry your blankets to prevent mold.
- Avoid line drying because of the risk of damp spots and clumps.
- Avoid ironing or steaming.
Keep your down blanket in a duvet cover if you use it as your top layer of bedding, which can protect it from getting dirty.
To prevent dust mites, some people prefer an allergen-barrier duvet cover with its tighter weave. You wash blanket half as often because you use a duvet cover. If you are using your down blanket underneath a comforter, quilt or bedspread, this is not important. Try spot cleaning between washings to remove stains. During spot cleaning, push it away from the area to keep the down dry.
- If you use blanket as a top layer with a duvet cover, wash it every 3-5 years, while you should wash it every 1-2 years without a cover.
- If you use blanket as a middle layer, you can wash it every 3-5 years.
Fluff your blanket every day when making your bed to keep it looking new. Your down will continue to loft with a steady flow of air.
Storing Down Blanket
Make sure to store blanket in a place where it can breathe well, like a cloth bag, keeping it dry and fresh. To prevent the blanket from getting compressed, this bag should have plenty of room. Give your blanket a hearty shake in the next season and put it on the bed.
- Shake your blanket daily.
- Wash your duvet cover once a month.
- Check for stains and spot clean one a year.
- Wash your blanket every 2-5 years.
All-natural down blankets are long-lasting. Your down blanket will stay fluffy and warm for many years as long as you wash it occasionally.