Discover The Best Useful Methods To Clean Comforter Sets

There are few things more relaxing than the thought of snuggling up under a cozy comforter. Plush and inviting, the best comforters help sleepers stay warm enough in winter while keeping them cool and dry on sweltering summer nights. And of course, they showcase on-trend colors and fresh styles that meld seamlessly with your existing decor. With all the work that goes into picking out the perfect luxury comforter set, it’s no surprise that you’d want to keep this product around for the long haul. So how do you protect your comforter while keeping it vibrant and pill-free? At Latest Bedding, we pride ourselves on selling brand-name comforter collections that stand the test of time. With proper care and storage, our premium bedding products will hold up for years to come. Keep reading for tips on washing your comforter set so it maintains its beauty and durability.

Are Comforters Washable?

With their size and bulk, comforters don’t always seem like items that can be tossed in the washing machine. However, the truth is that a large amount of comforters can be laundered at home. In fact, cotton, polyester, and down comforters all tend to be safe for machine cleaning. Similarly, you can typically toss your cotton sheets and pillowcases in the laundry when they need cleaning. For best results, check the tag on your comforter to see what the manufacturer recommends. If dry cleaning is the suggested method, it’s best to shell out a few extra dollars now to avoid spending more on a replacement set down the line. 

Additionally, higher-quality comforters often wash better than their lower-end counterparts. This is particularly true of low-quality polyester fills, which tend to bunch and clump. Do your research to find out the best option for your particular bedding set.    

Pre-Treat Any Stains

Once you’ve determined that your comforter set is washable, the first step is to pre-treat any stains. To start, lay your comforter out on a flat surface. Then move the filling away from the stain and apply a high-quality fabric stain remover to the soiled spot. Be careful not to use a product with bleach, as this will create stains in the comforter. Allow the stain remover to soak into the fabric for the amount of time recommended on the bottle before blotting the stain with a soft cleaning rag. The goal is to loosen the stain before the comforter goes in the wash. When you can no longer see the stain with the naked eye, run the comforter under cold water. 

It’s worth noting that duvet covers can be a good solution for those looking to protect their bedding long term. If you have kids or pets, consider covering your duvet with a high-quality, washable duvet cover like this striking Antigua Linen option. When it gets dirty, simply take off the duvet and toss it in the wash with your sheets.

Follow the Instructions

If you’re planning to wash your comforter at home, it’s important to follow the instructions. Take a good look at the product care label and be sure to adhere to any suggestions. For example, if the bedding product requires a large capacity washer, using your tiny home machine might cause damage to the comforter or the machine. It’s also important to avoid washing a comforter with other clothing items. Hooks, zippers, buttons, and snaps can all catch on your comforter, damaging the fabric. For best results, wash bedding items alone and avoid overfilling the machine. Your comforter needs plenty of space to get clean. 

Avoid Using Too Much Soap

Most bedding can be washed using your favorite mild liquid laundry detergent. However, experts recommend limiting the amount of detergent to about half a cup. This is because using too much soap can prevent suds from getting washed out during the rising process. It’s also best to use cool or lukewarm water instead of hot, which can cause your comforter to shrink. To protect your bedding, we suggest washing items on the delicate cycle. After the washer turns off, take a moment to check the comforter to see if there is any residual soap. The last thing you want is for clumps to form in your polyester-fill comforter collection. 

Consider Dryer Balls

Few people still have clothes lines to dry their sheets and comforters outside. Fortunately, most machine washable bedding items can also be dried in a typical home dryer. To prevent clumping in your down or down-alternative comforter set, we suggest using wool dryer balls. You should also set the dryer to low unless the tag on the comforter provides alternative instructions. In general, you can expect a comforter to take between two and three hours to dry completely. Like with washing, we recommend drying your comforter by itself rather than with other bedding products, clothes, or towels. Overstuffing the load can result in your comforter retaining moisture, leading to a buildup of mold or mildew down the line. 

Don’t Forget to Fluff

Once you remove your comforter from the dryer, there’s just one more step to complete. At this point, we recommend holding the comforter by the ends – it helps to ask a friend for assistance - and giving it a good shake. Doing this helps redistribute bunched filling material. The end result is a comforter that feels plush and cozy throughout and lies beautifully atop the bed. 

How Often Should Your Comforter Be Washed?

Customers are often at a loss when it comes to how often to launder their bedding products. In general, you can stick to washing a duvet-covered comforter every few years. Simply strip the duvet cover off the duvet when it becomes dirty and toss the former item in the wash. If you don’t have a duvet cover, you will probably need to launder your comforter every year or so. Be sure to wash out any stains as soon as possible so they don’t have time to set. You can also protect your comforter when it’s not in use by stowing it in an airtight fabric bag. Keep the bag in a part of the home that’s cool and dry. Doing this will expand the life of your bedding products and help keep your bedroom clean and allergen-free. 

Discover the Benefits of bedding

You don’t have to spend a bundle to get a good night’s sleep. Founded with a goal of providing everyone with access to premium bedding products, Latest Bedding sells a wide selection of new arrival and accessories from all your favorite name brands. Shop affordable pieces by J Queen New York, Bebejan, Pine Cone Hill, Croscill, Waterford, and more. Whether you’re looking for cozy comforters or silky Egyptian cotton sheets, plump pillows or stylish window treatments, you can rest assured we have everything you need to turn your home into a haven.