How To Care For Your Bedding
Care For Your Down Comforter
Believe it or not, most comforters are easy to care for and are designed to last night after night and year after year. Here are some tips to help ensure your comforter lasts for many years:
Use a Duvet Cover. When protected by a duvet cover, your comforter will only need to be cleaned every three to five years. Also, with a duvet cover, you won't need a top sheet, blanket, or bedspread. Making your bed will be a flip and a fluff! Remove and clean your duvet cover whenever sheets are laundered.
Professionally launder your comforter every three to five years. Down actually washes well, but due to the size of comforters, we highly recommend leaving the cleaning to a professional. However, if you do choose to wash your comforter, please read the washing instructions below.
Fluff your comforter when you make your bed. By providing a steady flow of air, your down will continue to loft.
Store your comforter in a breathable bag. Avoid storing comforters in plastic bags, which may trap in moisture and cause the fill to mildew or disintegrate.
Redistribute your comforter as needed. To redistribute the fill of your comforter, lay your comforter on a flat surface and simply push the down in place with the heel of your hand and forearm. Be aware that the type of cotton presents another area in which labels can be misleading—some may say Egyptian cotton, but in fact may contain only one percent. Look for labels that say 100% or pure Egyptian cotton.
Washing Instructions for Your Comforter We hope that these simple guidelines help protect your investment and instruct you how to care for your comforter.
We recommend you professionally launder your bedding every 3-5 years. It is possible to wash your bedding yourself, but you may jeopardize the life of your comforter. We are reluctant to recommend nonprofessional laundering because: Home washers are often too small. Most household washing machines have an agitator in the center, which places unnecessary stress on the comforter. Harsh detergents and heat can cause down to become dry and brittle and will result in the down clusters breaking. If the product is not dried completely, the fill may mildew or disintegrate. Most fabric used in natural bedding is 100% cotton and will shrink slightly when dried. Should you still choose to wash your comforter yourself, please: Use gentle detergents and a low heat drying cycle. Be sure to dry the product completely for approximately 8-12 hours. Products must be dried in a machine. We do not recommend line drying. Washing Instructions for Your Down Blanket or Throw Always check the care label first, as instructions may vary:
Wash with a mild detergent on a warm water/gentle setting. Dry the blanket or throw completely on a low heat setting. Any lumps or clumps of fill indicates dampness; continue to dry until you are sure there is no moisture left. Storage When your blanket and throws are not in use, store them in breathable bags. Avoid storing them in plastic bags, which may trap in moisture and cause the fill to mildew or disintegrate.
How To Wash Your Bedding
Linens should be separated into light or dark colors. Avoid overloading the machine to prevent breaking long fibers like those in Egyptian cotton. Whether cotton, pure linen, or a cotton/linen blend, bedding should be washed in warm water, using a gentle laundering agent, with a final cold rinse. If pre-soaking is necessary, it should be in cold water. Allow your washing machine to fill up and begin agitating before you add detergent or bleach. Unless your linens are extremely soiled, use half the commercial detergent recommended; this will reduce damage to fibers and clean your linens just as well. Remove washed bedding promptly from the machine; this helps reduce wrinkling. Shaking damp linens out before drying (at low heat) will also reduce wrinkles and quicken the drying time.
How To Wash Your Towels
Terry Towels: Washing terry towels before use begins the "breaking in" process, making them softer and more absorbent. Several washings are required for 100% cotton terry towels to achieve their maximum absorbency, softness and fluff. Launder towels in warm water and a gentle detergent. It is particularly important with towels that you not use fabric softener, since it decreases the absorbency of the towel.
Drying Your Linens
Line drying linens is ideal, leaving linens nearly wrinkle-free and smelling fresh, but using your dryer with the proper settings will bring about satisfactory results, leaving linens relatively wrinkle-free and soft. Do not over-dry your linens by using a dryer setting that’s too hot. Set your dryer on permanent press, which has a cool down cycle at the end that helps reduce wrinkles. Most dryers have an air cycle that simply air-tumbles its contents without any heat. This is also a good method for drying linens. Remove your linens promptly to reduce wrinkling. Smooth them out, finger pressing details like flanges on pillow shams, borders on flat sheets, edges of tablecloths or napkins. Then fold carefully.