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How To Keep Your Down Comforter Warm, Fluffy & Clean

Plumeria Bay® down comforters are constructed with the finest materials and craftsmanship. Follow the tips below for daily care, washing, drying and storing your comforter and you will be rewarded with many years of trouble free comfort and warmth.

 

Daily Care - Use a Duvet Cover & Fluff Your Down Comforter

Daily Care: Always use a duvet cover. This helps protect your comforter from everyday soils and permanent staining caused by body oils, or the unfortunate accident.

 

Fluff it! When making your bed, just hold your comforter by one end, or by the sides, and give it a few good shakes. You may want to occasionally air your comforter outside when the weather is nice and sunny, with low humidity.

 

To help your comforter stay fluffy and warm, it is a good idea to refrain from laying or sitting on top of it. Down clusters are strong, but if they are repeatedly crushed they will eventually break, causing your comforter to lose it's warmth & fluffiness. This type of "wear and tear" is not covered by warranty.

 

Looking forward to receiving your new comforter & want to know what to expect? See our "short & sweet" unboxing guide.

 

Washing Your Down Comforter

Our cotton covered down comforters; the Cascadia™, Traditional Luxury™ the Plumeria™ the Après Tencel® Batiste & cotton covered Eiderdown are all machine washable. The Silk Plumeria & Silk Eiderdown comforters are Dry Clean only.

 

Your duvet should be washed only when soiled (or once every five years or so, if you must). A properly covered duvet may never need washing.

 

Frequent or improper washing can damage the down clusters, stripping them of their natural oils and causing them to break. Washing (actually, it's the drying) can also cause your comforter to shrink about 3% to 5%.

 

When it is necessary to launder your comforter, we suggest that you use a professional cleaner who is experienced in laundering fine down bedding. If you do not have a such a cleaner locally, we recommend Blanc Plume.

 

Your comforter can be dry cleaned, but laundering with water and gentle cleaning solutions specially formulated for down is a preferred method.

 

Home style washing machines are usually not designed to handle large down bedding. Washing your comforter at home can cause damage to the comforter or to your washer or dryer.

 

We do not recommend it, but should you decide to wash your comforter yourself (and your washer and dryer are of a suitable size), follow these instructions:

 

Before washing make sure that the fabric is not too old or deteriorated from body oils, or weakened from age. After washing, while the down is wet, you may notice a pungent odor. This is natural with all down products, and will disappear when the down is completely dry.

 

Washing: Use a front loading commercial style washer, large enough for your comforter to move freely. Use warm water & the gentle cycle, with a gentle non-bleach detergent such as Tide Free®. Please do not use Woolite® (it will strip the natural oils from the down clusters, or detergents with bleach.  

When the wash cycle is complete, wash the comforter again (gentle cycle) with no soap.  This 2nd cycle with no soap will help assue that all soap residue is rinsed from the down clusters.

 

  • Check comforter fabric for damage and deterioration from age
  • Do not wash if damaged
  • Use a Front Loading washer, with enough room for your comforter to move freely
  • Use Gentle cycle
  • Warm Water
  • Use a gentle non-bleach detergent, such as Tide Free®
  • Repeat with NO SOAP - important step to make sure all soap is rinsed

 

How To Dry Your Down Comforter

Be certain to dry your comforter completely to avoid mold and mildew.

Drying is a very important step! It may take several (2-3) hours or more, depending on the size of your comforter, to completely dry your comforter when using a large commercial dryer on low heat.

 

Commercial dryers can get very hot and burn the comforter fabric or even the down clusters, so take your comforter out and fluff regularly (every 20 minutes or so) when drying and check for fabric overheating and hot spots.

 

If the fabric does feel hot to the touch, you may want to adjust the dyer heat so that it is cooler. Make sure the comforter has plenty of room to toss and fluff as it dries.

 

If you like, you can put a tennis ball or two, in a clean white sock, in with your comforter to help separate and fluff the down clusters as they dry.

 

  • Make sure there is plenty of room for your comforter to move around in the dryer
  • Use LOW heat
  • Check every 20 minutes or so to make sure the fabric is not overheating
  • You can use a tennis ball or two in a clean white sock to help fluff the comforter as it dries
  • It can take several hours, be patient
  • Make sure the comforter is completely dry, or it may get mold/mildew

 

Storing Your Down Comforter

Storage: The cotton bag your Plumeria Bay® down comforter comes in is breathable and is perfect for seasonal storage.

 

Do make sure your comforter is kept in a dry place when storing. Mildew and mold can ruin a down comforter (and your day), so please make sure your comforter is completely dry before storing.

 

Don't store your comforter in plastic. If you do not have your storage bag, wrap your comforter in a cotton sheet (or a duvet cover) so it can breath. When cooler temperatures arrive, your comforter will be cozy and fluffy with just a shake or two!

 

Related: Down Pillow Care

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