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March 20, 2020

As a goose down comforter owner, you might have doubts about how to wash it and dry it up after purchase the comforter from the merchant. Generally, the label may not inform you of the estimated time of washing the down comforter. It is always better to wash the goose down comforter at a cool temperature around 40-50°C because the higher temperature can make the fabric wrinkle or shrink.


Please note, dry the goose down comforter completely before the next use is as pivotal as the washing process. In order to avoid the serious allergies and other related illnesses due to the dust mites hiding in your duvet, it is extremely important to clean your down comforter regularly--- or at least semi-regularly---so are you willing to understand the details about the comforter air-drying? 


Air-drying is better than electrical drying as it is less likely to damage the comforter while you need to make sure the cycle of the washer has the fastest spin speed as the moisture that left behind will be reduced. There are different dimensions of air-drying which based on two different laundry modes for you to warm your comforter.


Hand Wash


If you are keen on washing the daily clothes and beddings by your hands, you might be aware of one of the acknowledgments of the special quilt is that the goose down comforter is notoriously slow to dry. In that case, you need to lay the comforter out in a clean, sunny area and give it time to dry and to ensure you dry your comforter properly, give yourself at least 2 full days. 

Besides the wide space, it is also suggested to use a rope that hanging between two sticks to help your down comforter get rid of moisture. However, an extra shower curtain rod can also be used to hang the comforter.


Wash/Dry Machine


Some people believe it is perfectly safe to wash duvets (even down duvets) in the washing machine. The drying process is where you need to be extra careful. The feather and down inside are most likely to form into balls in the dryer. This is how the duvets get ruined, the feather and down do not dry properly and you end up with a horrible smell.

Therefore, throwing in tennis balls to fluff up the duvets while drying is a smart idea to protect your goose down comforter. Preferably take out every 10 minutes and fluff it yourself to make sure the feather and down are evenly spread out. Repeat until the duvet is fully dry. This will most likely take you around 3 hours total. 

Normally, the dryers in the market will attach a setting that particularly for comforters for softness caring. But if your dryer doesn't have a dedicated setting for bedding or comforters, set it to low heat. It might take more than an hour for the comforter to dry thoroughly. Since this is the case, make sure to regularly fluff the comforter during the drying process. Every 20 minutes, pull the comforter out of the dryer and fluff it. This helps redistribute the fill and encourages thorough and even drying.


Once you feel the duvet is considerably dry, take it out fluff it properly and make sure all the down is separated and not balled up then hang it for a whole day to dry thoroughly to keep you healthy. One more tip, ideally, comforters should be replaced every 3-6 years. If your comforter has lost its fluff after washing and drying, it might be time to find a replacement.

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