Fall is here, and cooler temperatures have arrived. Is it time to clean your bedding? Before you start loading the washing machine, here are a few recommendations for laundering your comforter while maintaining its quality.
1. Read the label
If your comforter says, “dry clean only,” don’t try washing it on your own. Instead, choose the dry-cleaning option to get a clean comforter without damage. Don’t skip out on reading the instructions — it’ll save time and your comforter.
2. Measure the machine
Depending on the size of your comforter, not every washing machine will be fit for the job. A large capacity washing machine is the best option. Comforters can be quite large, so they’ll need plenty of room during the spin cycle.
3. Wash alone Remember that most comforters are large. Launder your comforter alone to prevent a crowded washing machine that can lead to damage. Resist the urge to multi-task and add in a few extra towels.
4. Remove stains If you see stains, treat them before the wash cycle. If you need to whiten a comforter, soak it in a bleach solution (1/2 cup of regular bleach and 2 gallons of cool water) for five minutes. Then, wash your comforter according to the instructions on the label.
5. Use the right settings Set aside a mild detergent when it’s time to clean your comforter. It’s best to have an option with as few additives as possible. When it’s time to begin, choose mild to lukewarm water and a gentle cycle setting.
6. Add to the dryer For the final stage, select a low-drying cycle for your comforter. To avoid clumps that can occur in down comforters, add in tennis balls or wool dryer balls. Be sure to dry your comforter without other items.
7. Don’t rush drying You might want to stick close while your comforter is drying. Although the process can take a few hours, it’s helpful to fluff your comforter to make sure that it is completely dry. A damp comforter can host mildew and mold.
Whether you’re looking for a large washing machine or a dry-cleaning service, give us a call at 718-559-0434. We’ll clean and care for your bedding this fall.