To achieve maximum comfort and a good rest during the long and cold winter nights, it is important to have the appropriate bedding. Undoubtedly, duvets and Nordic fillings are ideal for achieving both goals.

If you have one or are thinking of purchasing one, its cleaning and maintenance is a key point to guarantee hygiene in bed and extend the life of your duvet, especially if it is made of feathers. In this article we are going to explain how to clean it correctly in order to avoid bad odours, eliminate the accumulation of mites, prevent allergic reactions and, what is even more important, to make it last as long as possible.

How often and how should a duvet be washed?

The answer may vary depending on whether you use it with a cover or not. It would be advisable to wash it every two years if you use it with a cover and once a year or every time it is dirty if you use it directly as a quilt.

In the case of the cover, once every two weeks (or sooner if it gets dirty) would be appropriate.

Tip It is best to do the washing when the heat starts. The reasons are very simple: it will be able to dry more quickly in the open air and you will not have the need to use it urgently.

To carry out the correct cleaning of the duvet you must take into account its composition, size and the manufacturer’s own washing instructions. Based on these points you can choose between the following options:

  • Washing machine
  • Bathtub
  • Laundry or dry cleaning
  • Public car wash service

Below we tell you in detail how to properly wash your quilt in each case.

Things to consider before washing a down or synthetic duvet

Regardless of the washing method you choose, it’s important to make sure that no fill loss will occur from a small tear in the quilt’s seams. If there is, you can repair it at home with a bit of thread and a needle, or you can go to a seam repair service.

If you opt for home washing, you must follow the manufacturer’s washing and maintenance instructions. The label with the icons will let you know the recommended type of washing and the appropriate temperature to keep your duvet in optimal condition.

Here’s a cheat sheet to know exactly what each symbol means.

Other factors you should take into account are:

  • Use a detergent for delicate garments that does not contain enzymes or bleaching agents.
  • The use of fabric softener is not necessary or recommended.
  • To prevent the filling from caking, use a program for delicate garments or, failing that, a gentle spin.

How to wash a down comforter in the washing machine

Pros

  • The comfort of being able to wash the quilt at home, in your washing machine
  • Saving money

Contras

  • A double duvet will not fit in a domestic washing machine (unless it is 8kg)

You can wash your duvet in the washing machine as long as when you insert it into the drum you see that there is enough slack left, otherwise it will not wash well and you can damage both the duvet and the washing machine:

washing machine

  • In a washing machine with a load of 6/7 kilos, you can easily wash a single bed duvet, but a double or queen size will not fit.
  • For a double duvet you will need a washing machine with a load capacity of more than 8 kilos. If you do not have it, we recommend that you take it to a professional dry cleaner or a public laundry where there are industrial washing machines with loads greater than 8kg.

With regard to the detergent (we already mentioned that it should be neutral), it is advisable that it be liquid.

TipIf you only have powder detergent, you can dilute it with water so that it reaches the filling better and distributes it evenly inside.

You must use a program for delicate clothes and at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer (usually less than 60º). Once the program has finished, to avoid detergent residues remaining on the duvet, it is advisable to carry out a couple of extra rinses with gentle spins.

If after spinning, the duvet comes out with excess water, you can drain it in the bathtub and gently tap it to remove much of it.

Once the washing is finished, it is time to carry out the most important part, drying.

This must be perfect to prevent moisture from occurring in the duvet filling. For this you have two alternatives: drying in the open air or drying in a dryer.

air drying

Although it is the most respectful way, it is the least recommended option if you wash the duvet in winter or do not have an outdoor place to hang it, since it can take several days to dry properly.

If you do not have more than this alternative, you must stretch it completely (in a horizontal position) on a smooth, wide and, of course, clean surface. If you don’t, the weight of the wet down will shift to the ends, clumping together and creating voids. It is important that during the drying time you remove it and change its position several times a day.

Some manufacturers recommend not exposing the duvet directly to the sun as yellowish stains may appear. If you decide to dry it indoors, you will avoid stains, although it will obviously take longer. You can speed up the drying process by blowing a fan in its direction.

tumble dry

It is the most recommended option, but you must make sure that the quilt fits comfortably inside the machine.

Drying must be carried out at a medium temperature, to prevent the duvet from losing sponginess or becoming caked. Make sure that the filling is well distributed over the entire surface, a little trick is to incorporate several drying balls into the drum.

Tip If you don’t have them, 2 or 3 tennis balls will have the same effect.

How to wash a down comforter in the bathtub

Pros

  • If it does not fit in the washing machine, you can wash it at home and forget about carrying the duvet and spending extra money for cleaning it.

Contras

  • It is quite a laborious task, since in addition to washing it you must remove as much water as possible by hand, before proceeding to dry it.

If your duvet does not fit in the washing machine and you cannot use a professional laundry service, you have the option of cleaning it in the bathtub. In this case, you should fill the bathtub with lukewarm water (25℃ – 30℃) and add approximately the same amount of neutral detergent as for machine washing. Completely submerge the duvet, taking care that no air bubbles are produced inside it.

TipSo that air bubbles don’t form inside, lower the duvet little by little into the water.

Once submerged, you must stir the duvet gently and continuously, approximately every 15-20 minutes, so that the detergent can reach its entire interior. Once clean, you will have to rinse it as many times as you think necessary to remove the detergent.

Before leaving it to dry, try to drain as much water as possible. To do this, gently press the duvet against the surface of the bathtub.

The drying process will be the same as for washing in a washing machine, which we remember was either drying in the open air horizontally or drying in a dryer at a medium temperature

How to wash a down comforter in a car wash

Pros

  • In any laundry of this type you will find washing machines with enough capacity for a double duvet

Contras

  • Between washing and drying it can take you about 2:30 hours and between €8-12 approx.

If when washing your quilt you see that it does not fit in the washing machine and you do not want to carry out a cumbersome manual wash, in public laundries you will find the appropriate machines for this purpose. The process is identical to washing and drying at home.

You will only have to choose, for both washing and drying, a delicate cycle and a medium temperature; You should also have a little patience to ensure thorough drying, as this task can take at least a couple of hours.

How to wash a down comforter in a professional laundry

Pros

  • Perfect and safe washing, whatever the material or size of your quilt

Contras

  • It is the most expensive service of all, between €15-35

professional laundry

Logically it is the most comfortable option although, in general, the most expensive.

The laundry service can range between 15 and 35 euros, but you will be guaranteeing an impeccable and safe wash, with which the useful life of your duvet will be considerably lengthened, which in a certain way is already a saving.

Choosing a trustworthy dry cleaner and explaining the characteristics of your duvet to the professional who attends it will be more than enough for him to carry out the most appropriate cleaning.

Tip If you choose to wash your duvet regularly at home, some manufacturers recommend that you have it professionally cleaned every 3 or 4 years to prevent the appearance of mites and other microorganisms.

How to wash a synthetic comforter or duvet

The instructions for washing a synthetic comforter or duvet are exactly the same as for a feather duvet. The main difference with respect to this is that the synthetic one can be washed more frequently. In this case we recommend that you do it at least once a year or whenever it is dirty.

The synthetic quilt usually admits higher washing temperatures, however, it is best to be guided by the guidelines given by the manufacturer and that you can consult on its own label.

Another positive point of the synthetic duvet is that, when it comes to drying, it requires less time than the feather duvet.

Although we may be insistent, we once again emphasize that whether it is a synthetic duvet or feather duvet, what is truly important in washing this type of bedding is to check that the drying has been carried out correctly and that there is nothing moisture in the inner padding. If for any reason it does not dry completely, mold stains and bad odors may appear, in addition to favoring the growth of bacteria and mites.

Remember that once clean, it is best to store it correctly so that it does not get dirty for the next season. I recommend that you keep it folded inside the case that it came with when you bought it or in a storage bag.

Tip When storing it, do not put weight on it as this can damage its interior or weigh down the filling. Add a mothproof bag to protect it until it is used again.