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How To

Washing Down, Fiber Fill & Synthetic Blends

Feb 4, 2011

Proper care of down, fiber fill, and synthetic blends is important and can be very simple. Some easy maintenance routines and tips throughout the year go a long way! Steamers and outdoor clothes lines are helpful for maintenance.

Gather Your Tools

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

Hit the Spots

Wet The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar and lather it directly into the stained area. If a stain has faded, but not disappeared, repeat the process until it does.

Before You Wash, Make Sure to Pretreat

Use The Laundress Stain Solution on your most stubborn stains. It is formulated to target and break down red wine, sauce, chocolate, grass, coffee/tea, grease, blood, yellowing and more. Apply it directly on the stain. Work it into the stained area with a stain brush and warm or tepid water. Note: When treating blood stains, always use cold water.

Pillows

Wash your pillow liner bi-weekly with your sheets. Don't have a liner? Get one! Our heads have natural oils that keep our locks shiny so it is good to have an extra layer between our pillow cases and pillow liners. Fluff and spray pillow with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray when making the bed and air outside on a line throughout the seasons. Steaming seasonally also removes allergens. Since the fabric cover is mite proof, washing pillows isn't imperative. But we do recommend laundering pillows periodically in an industrial machine. It can be very tricky to get them dry enough that they won't mildew from the inside out.

Duvets and Covers

Like pillows, duvet inners are also protected by its covers. Duvet covers should be put on a washing rotation of 1-3 months depending on the fabric and your lifestyle - less for silk, more for pet owners. If used with a duvet cover, duvets should only need to be laundered every few years. Fluffing and spraying with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray when you make the bed helps keep it clean. Tossing in the dryer and airing in the sun is beneficial seasonally and will take care of dust mites on the outside of the fabric. Steaming seasonally is also helpful for allergens. As with pillows, we do recommend laundering periodically using an industrial machine. It can be tricky to get duvet inners dry enough that they won't mildew from the inside out.

Blankets

Down and synthetic fiber fill blankets without covers should be washed more often than items with covers. Spot treating is always good in between washes, as is airing on the line.

Feather Beds

We love our feather beds here at The Laundress! We find it is more comfortable when you shake up and "ruffle the feathers" each time the bed is made. The feather bed should also be flipped and rotated to keep the feathers equally dispersed. Airing out twice a year outside on a line is best. Feather bed covers should be washed seasonally, at least 4 times a year. We recommend laundering feather beds professionally to ensure proper drying. It can be tricky to get them sufficiently dry so that they do not mildew from the inside out. Again, having a removable cover will prevent mites from getting into the bed itself. We also recommend steaming feather beds seasonally or as often as you desire.

Sleeping Bags

Since we use sleeping bags on the ground with moisture and dirt, we recommend washing after every use to avoid growths and odor. Pretreat stains with The Laundress Stain Solution as stains found on synthetic linings and covers can be stubborn.

The Laundress Product of Perfection

While other popular wool washes have a high PH level that is harsh on wool and cashmere, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is PH neutral to protect delicate yarns.

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