How Often Should I Really Wash My Duvet?

It’s the turn of the season and heading into the colder months. You’re getting ready to pack away your summer duvets and bring out the winter ones.

But wait…

When was the last time you’ve washed that duvet? If you find yourself pondering the answer, then it’s probably been too long.  We’ve all been guilty of rolling them away, forgotten, until the next year. But did you know that duvets should be washed AT LEAST once, if not twice a year?

We understand duvets and pillows are a hassle to wash at home. They’re bulky, the stuffing clumps together, the dryer doesn’t seem to fit them either! It might not seem worth all the effort.

BUT, here’s why it’s important to follow our guidelines to washing your duvets.

Dust mites.

They’re the culprits we hear of being thrown around now and again. Dust mites are microscopic critters that love to eat dead skin cells, which we conveniently shed into their homes – our duvets – every night.

If unwashed, your duvet and pillow will start to accumulate live and dead mites, their droppings, mould, and dead skin cells. It becomes a battle for your healthy skin to remain healthy, and it becomes a trigger for dust mite allergies and eczema.

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So How Do I Wash My Duvets?

Natural Fibre Duvets – Dryclean Them!

These are duvets made from cotton, silk, or wool. They need to be drycleaned, so that the natural fibres do not get distorted. It also means that they won’t magically shrink from a King to a Double duvet.

Feather and down duvets will easily clump in washing machines that do not handle such big loads. Large capacity drycleaning drums can fit not one, but several duvets at one time.

The high temperature used during drycleaning will kill live dust mites still burrowed within duvet fibres.

All duvets will grow mould if not allowed to dry properly post-washing. Here’s where drycleaning them will make your life easier, as your duvets can be put into large tumble dryers to ensure a crisp and clean finish, ready for storage or use.

Synthetic Duvets – Home-wash Them!

These duvets are made from polyester, microfibre, or dacron. They can be home-washed as they handle water well.

You need to ensure that your washing machine is large enough so that there is enough space to effectively soak the duvet through and properly kill those dust mites. High temperatures above 60 degrees C (or as high as the care label allows) is vital if washing at home. Lastly, sun dry them on a hot and sunny day, or better yet, put them into the tumble dryer.

If you don’t think the hassle of cleaning them is worth it, our large drycleaning drums and tumble dryers are here for just that! It’s important that you know what your duvet is made out of before attempting to take on the big chore of washing them.

Bring them in store or reach out to us through the contact form if you’re unsure. We’ll be happy to help!

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