Caring for down
WHEN YOU DECIDE to purchase a down comforter you are selecting the
coziest, most luxurious and comfortable way to sleep. Possibly you want to
be warmer in bed or just sleep better. Since you spend one-third of your life in
bed, you should invest in a high-quality down comforter, and you will enjoy it
year-round for many years to come.
Energy experts say that for every degree the thermostat is lowered, your
heating bill can drop by about 2 percent. Because down’s insulating power is
so efficient, it will keep you warm and cozy all through the chilliest nights. So
cuddling up under a down comforter can benefit your pocketbook as well as
enhance your sleeping comfort.
Cleaning. Always follow the instructions on the care label. Using a duvet
cover is recommended. If used with a
duvet cover, your comforter will need
to be cleaned only every three to five
years. Comforters should be professionally dry cleaned or laundered.
Nonprofessional laundering is not
recommended because home washers
and dryers are too small to accommodate the size and dimensions of
down comforters. Also, most household washing machines have an
agitator in the center, which places
unnecessary stress on comforters.
Down pillows are easy to revitalize. To refluff your pillows, pop them in your
dryer on low heat along with a damp washcloth. The warmth and humidity
will make your pillow like new.
Washing. Always follow the instructions on the care label. Pillows can be
laundered in a home washing machine one to two times a year or as needed.
Professional laundering is an alternative. Pillow protectors are also recommended to further extend the life of the product and reduce the amount of
Drying. Place the pillow, along with one to two tennis balls, into your dryer.
Use low heat. The drying process may take several hours to completely dry
your pillows. As with all down/feather-filled products, drying times may vary,
but it is important that the products be thoroughly dried before they are put
back in use. A