Sunday, December 14, 2014
Learning how to wash a comforter set correctly is worth the effort. Instructions on the set may say,”dry clean only;” however, washing may be a viable option.
A comforter set is cumbersome to wash because it will absorb a lot of water. One option is by machine. A front loading, extra -large machine is best. Consider a Laundromat where super-size machines are available.
A second option is to wash the set by hand. This is hard work,prepare to get wet. Fill the tub with warm water and a mild detergent. Step into the tub. Tromp around on the comforter until the water is dirty. Empty the tub, refill with clean water, tromp, empty, refill until the water remains clean.
Whichever method is used, select the correct soap or detergent for the type of comforter set. Use one-fourth of the amount recommended for a regular load of laundry. Be careful with down comforters. Harsh detergents strip natural oils from feathers in a down comforter. After machine washing, an extra rinse cycle will assure all soap has been removed. Use an extra spin cycle if possible.
When washing by hand, getting the water out will be difficult. The comforter will be heavy. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Hang over a shower wall, over a clothesline, or chairs outside. Let dry for several hours until it is just damp. Place in a large capacity dryer with a few clean tennis balls to aid in fluffing. Check the lint trap to be sure it is clean. Use a low heat setting and check frequently to rearrange to insure all parts are getting dry. Be sure there are no damp spots remaining. Do not use a small dryer. The comforter may block the venting causing damage to the dryer.
If a Laundromat dryer is used, select the lowest heat setting. Periodically remove the comforter and hand-fluff to insure thorough drying.Either method will prevent the comforter from harsh dry-cleaning chemicals and provide a fresh, clean bed covering.
by: Palmetto Linen