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How To Wash Down Bedding: Comforters & Pillows | The Laundress

Oct 13, 2015

Get down with washing down! The proper care and cleaning of down pillows and comforters will help ensure your bedding lasts for years to come. Take comfort in these easy steps!

Gather These Tools: 

Stain Solution, or Wash & Stain Bar, Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Wool & Cashmere Spray, dryer balls

DUVET INNERS & COMFORTERS

Rule Of Thumb: If you protect duvet inners with a cover, the duvet should only need to be laundered every season. Duvet covers should be on a washing rotation of 1-2 months depending on the fabric and your lifestyle – less for silk, more for pet owners.


STEP 1:
Hit The Spots

Treat your most stubborn stains with Stain Solution—it’s formulated to target and break down tannin stains such as red wine, chocolate, coffee, and yellowing. Apply it directly to the stain and work it into the fabric with your finger or the Stain Brush.

STEP 2:
Set Your Cycle

Select the woolens or delicate cycle on your washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and spin is on medium or low. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine type and load size.

STEP 3:
Dry

For the most successful finish, set the dryer to the low heat/low tumble cycle and repeat the drying cycle until ALL moisture is gone. To help redistribute and fluff up feathers and filling, add wool dryer balls* or clean tennis balls to the cycle.

Halfway through the dryer cycle, remove the duvet and give it a good shake to redistribute feathers. Move around any remaining clumps with your hand before adding back to the dryer. Make sure it's fully dried to prevent mildew. If the filling still clumps together, excess water is present.

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STEP 4:
Freshen In A Flash

Spritz the Wool & Cashmere Spray from 6 inches away when making the bed. This nontoxic formula with antibacterial properties adds scent while removing odor. While we love cedar, moths and critters don't!

STEP 5:
Final Finish

While you shouldn’t iron down items (and never starch), we recommend steaming between launderings to help remove allergens and odor-causing bacteria.

PILLOWS

Rule Of Thumb: Wash pillow liners bi-weekly and if you don’t have a liner, get one! Our heads have natural oils that keep locks shiny but make pillows grimey, so it’s good to have an extra layer between pillow cases and pillow liners. Pillow inserts should be laundered every season.

STEP 1:
Pretreat

To pretreat oil-based stains, such as makeup, wet the Wash & Stain Bar with cool water and work a lather into the affected area.

STEP 2:
Machine Wash

Launder pillow inserts according to the washing instructions listed above. Pillow covers should be washed bi-weekly according the fabric type.

STEP 3:
Steam & Freshen

To freshen, steam and spritz with the Wool & Cashmere Spray from 6 inches away when making the bed.

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Wash & Stain Bar
$6.00

Spot-treat Stains

Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl oz
$19.00

Wash & Preserve Woolens

Stain Solution 16 fl oz
$18.00

Removes Old & New Stains

Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl oz
$10.00

Freshen & Deodorize

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