You’ll always love your comforter because of the cozy, fluffiness and the warmth you get after a long, tedious day. However, the trouble begins when you learn that it has become dirty and needed some cleaning. Unlike other bed linens which can be washed twice a week, after a fortnight or daily, comforters are rarely washed. It is always recommended to launder them after every 3 months or twice a year.
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Comforters provide a suitable environment for harboring dust mites, dirt, and fungus. If you don’t wash them as needed, they can lead to allergies and possible health effects. A simple rule of thumb; the more allergic, sickly or asthmatic you are, the more washing your comforter needs. You don’t have to take them to a launderette for cleaning unless your washing machine is too small to accommodate it. Even if you take it to the laundromat, the following steps are what you need to follow when cleaning them in a washing machine.
So let's Start to Learn About How to Wash a Comforter in a Washing Machine
Step 1. Read the Label
It is always wise to read the instructions given by the manufacturer concerning how to wash the comforter. If it is a dry clean only’ label, then take it to the professional to do it for you. For hand-wash only,’ just wash it manually from the sink. Some comforters are made of the delicate material such as wool while others are made of cotton. The labels may even recommend the specific temperature settings for the washing machine and the dryer.
Step 2. Cross-Check the Comforter
Before throwing the comforter in the washing machine, you need to re-examine it and see if it deserves some cleaning. If you are asthmatic or so much allergic, you should not buy the idea of cleaning it once a year as some people say. You should sympathize with your health and clean it on a monthly basis.
Among the things you are to consider include the following;
Procedure for stain removal
You will require a mild laundry solution diluted with water for dull-colored comforters or baking soda mixed with water for bright-colored ones.
Step 3. Load the Comforter to the Washer
You need to have a medium to the large-sized washer that will accommodate the comforter. It should be evenly distributed, loosely stuffed and feel fluffy inside the front-loader. In case it isn’t entirely covered by water, seems crammed or very firmly packed, you need to find a bigger option. Preferably, you can take it to the laundromat and use the giant machine.
Step 4. Set the Machine Settings
If the manufacturer had stated the label directions, make sure not to deviate from them. Always operate in the delicate or gentle setting to prevent possible damages to the fabric. The water level should then be set at maximum, with warm temperatures. Hot water is great, but it may damage the comforter if at all the fabric cannot withstand the high temperature. In as much as it will destroy the dust mites and fungus, the heat may also discolor the fabric.
On the other hand; cold water is very gentle to colors, preserves fabrics and shrinkage but won’t kill dust mites. If there are no instructions on the label, simply pick on warm (but not hot) temperatures. If you have a dryer, you can use cold water in the washer and utilize the heat on the dryer.
What You Should Consider
Step 5. Dry the Comforter
Once the cycle is complete, the comforter should be transferred to the dryer. Just like the washing machine, the dryer should be enough to accommodate the comforter. If not so, you can take it to the laundromat for drying or simply air-dry it. Manufacturers also recommend the ideal temperature range for drying.
Drying may take several hours depending on the dryer. To make it fluffy and plumper, add tennis balls to it. You should keep removing the comforter at intervals of about 30 minutes to fluff the fabric, before placing it back. This will not only enable redistribution of the filling but will also promote aeration and even dry. Additionally, you will be checking for any signs of burns in case you are using the high-heat settings.
For those who do not have a dryer or simply want to save on the energy costs, airing is the perfect alternative. You can air on the clothesline or a drying rack depending on the weather and availability of space. Sunlight is very useful in preventing mildew, killing dust mites and ensuring there’s even drying. Your task will just be fluffing it once in a while and rotating it for proper aeration.