Though your comforter doesn’t necessarily need to be washed as often as your bed sheets, it’s still worthwhile to make sure that this critical piece of bedding is clean from time to time. After all, you’re going to be sleeping under it for up to eight hours every night. However, most people don’t realize that this is something that they can do themselves – you just need to know how to do it.
Next time your comforter needs a wash, save a trip to the dry cleaner. Instead, follow these steps to perform a good, thorough wash:
- First, grab a needle and some thread and check it for any tears. Repair if necessary to avoid further damage in the wash cycle. Next, check the label for the recommended washing instructions.
- Before you wash, give the comforter a thorough once-over and apply baking soda or a pre-treatment stain remover product to any spots. Let it sit, then agitate with a soft brush or rag.
- Can you fit the comforter in your home washing machine? Ideally, the comforter should be loosely placed inside so that it’s not firmly packed in, and still have plenty of space. If it’s a snug fit in your washer, take it to a laundromat where they have bigger washers.
- Set the washing machine to either the gentle or delicate cycle, and abide by the label for the water temperature settings. Add in a detergent, then start the cycle.
- After the wash cycle is complete, follow the label’s drying instructions. If it instructs you to dry the comforter at a low temperature, remove it after every 20-30 minutes of drying, fluff it, then repeat until dry. Comforters drying at low temperatures may take several hours to fully dry. Again, ensure the dryer is big enough to accommodate the comforter.