Sunday, April 6, 2014
Read the Tag
Every comforter and bedspread has a sewn in tag full of the manufacturer's information and care recommendations. Individuals should always refer to this tag first and foremost before attempting to wash comforters or bedspreads. Many bedding items are dry clean only and washing them in a regular washer and dryer can lead to serious damage. Always follow the manufacturer's care instructions.
If there is no tag present, it is possible to contact the manufacturer directly and request care information. However, if the manufacturer is unknown, this may be impossible. People in this type of situation can still maintain their bedding properly, but will need to first determine the material of the items. Once the material is discovered, individuals must determine the best care route for it.
Washer and Dryer Method
Many comforters and bedspreads are safe to use in a standard washing machine and dryer. However, some comforters are too large for residential washers and dryers. Attempting to force a comforter into a washer or dryer can lead to damage and can overwork the machines as well. Commercial washer and dryers are ideal for cleaning large comforters and bedspreads because they are designed to withstand large loads of laundry. If this is not an option, consider taking the comforter and bedspread to a local laundromat or professional dry cleaner. These establishments tend to have commercial washer and dryers available for customers to use.
In addition to ensuring that a washer and dryer can withstand the size of bedding, individuals should also select a gentle cleanser that is free of bleach to avoid discoloration. Comforters and bedding can also be air dried to avoid shrinkage cause by heat or can be dried on a low heat setting in a dryer.
Washing comforters and bedspreads can be challenging for many people, but is easy with the right methods and knowledge. Damage can be avoided by following these care best practices.
by: Palmetto Linen