How Do I Prepare My Down Comforter for Spring Storage?
Down bedding is nature’s best insulator. And in the winter the comforter can keep you feeling warm and dreamy. As winter ends and spring starts, you should consider storing your heavyweight down comforter well until the next fall season. Storing your down comforter is not difficult, and will help keep your investment pristine and in heirloom condition for many more winters to come.
The first thing you will want to do is make sure your down comforter is clean. Generally machine washing is the best way to care for your down bedding unless the fabric contains silk or rayon. Usually a twin size or full/double size comforter will fit in a home washing machine. Queen, king or Cal king sizes are most likely too large for your washing machine and drying machine, so you should take them to a laundry mat (along with several dollars worth in quarters). Dry cleaning is another option, but it is expensive and many dry cleaners use a chemical which can harm the down in your bedding. Typically, a down comforter can be dry cleaned for about $20 to $60, depending on what part of the country you’re in, and the availability of quality cleaners. So if you opt for the at home or laundry mat route of cleaning – please make sure to first watch the videos on BeddingCare.com for the ‘how to’ part of comforter washing.
Once cleaned, you should fold your comforter usually at the width of two rows of boxes (whether sewn through or baffle box). Then you can store the comforter in a special storage bag made specifically for comforters (usually a fabric material with a drawstring – much like a sleeping bag holder). You can also use an old flat sheet to wrap around the comforter for storage, and close the end corners with twist ties to keep it secure. You will want to make sure your comforter stays dust free, but can also breathe. Do not store the down comforter in an airtight plastic bag to avoid trapping in moisture. Do not place dryer sheets, mothballs or other like items in the bag with the comforter. Do place the secure comforter in a cool dark environment as heat and light can discolor the fabric at the fold marks
When the weather gets cold again you can take out the comforter and toss it in a dryer for ½ hour – that should give it a good fluffing and eliminate any trapped moisture from inside the comforter. You can also give the comforter a good sunny airing. Just make sure the clothesline or rail the comforter rests on is clean. Airing in the sun will help bleach the fabric and make it look brighter (this applies only to white comforters).
When in doubt you can always give your comforter a toss in the dryer to remove moisture and fluff the down. You never want to wash a comforter and not dry it properly – two cycles in the dryer is generally recommended. Airing a down comforter out in the sunlight is a good idea between washings to remove odor and give it a fresh update.
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