Ask the Laundress
I have accidentally spilled coffee on my duvet which ended up going through to the duvet cover and, last but not least, to the down comforter! How do I best clean up the smell and stain? Do you use something special in the dryer to fluff the down?
To remove the odor on both the duvet and comforter, we suggest presoaking with our Scented Vinegar. Make a cool water bath with ¼ to ½ cup of the vinegar and allow the stain to soak for up to one hour. There is no need to submerge the entire item; only soak the coffee stained areas.
If the duvet is a cotton or cotton blend, I recommend tackling the coffee stain with Stain Solution and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. Wet the stained area and apply the Stain Solution directly to the fabric, gently working it in with our Stain Brush. Next, apply the bleach alterative on top of the solution to make a paste. Let this item soak between 30-60 minutes and launder as normal.
Treat the staining on your down comforter with our Stain Solution, only. Please note that the Bleach Alternative cannot be used on woolens, cashmere, silks or delicate synthetic fabrics, such as your down comforter. If your item is made from one of these fabrics, do not use the Bleach Alternative. The Stain Solution, however, is safe for all fabrics but should only be used in conjunction with cold water for these items.
Both items can be laundered in the machine. Assuming the duvet is cotton or cotton blend, we suggest our laundering with our Signature Detergent. In effect, the duvet should be safe to put in the dryer.
For the down comforter, we suggest our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo; this is specifically formulated to sustain the life of delicate down feathers. You can let it air dry. Once dry, add to the dryer. For best results, we include 2-3 tennis balls or dryer balls in the machine to fluff up the down.
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Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl. oz.
Stain Solution 16 fl. oz.
All-Purpose Bleach Alternative 32 oz.
Scented Vinegar 16 fl. oz.