When you choose goose down bedding, you are making an excellent investment in a quality product that, with the right care, you will enjoy for years to come. Goose down is known to be as the best comforter and pillow filling on the market, and you will enjoy a warm and comfortable night’s sleep thanks to its softness and lightness as well as its superb thermal qualities. Learning to care accordingly for your investment is important to retain the down’s integrity, durability, and your comfort.
Protecting Your Comforter and Pillow
First and foremost, the best thing you can do to care for your goose down comforter and pillow is to get a quality cover to protect it. Duvet covers are readily available to purchase for a host of retailers in an array of colors and styles to match your bedroom’s decor. A duvet cover is a must when it comes to protecting your comforter, as it will help keep it clean and protected from dirt, dust, and body oils. Likewise, a quality pillow cover can help keep your pillow protected from the same dirt, dust, and body oils that can soil it.
If you protect your goose down bedding with an appropriate cover, it shouldn’t be necessary to wash it regularly. If your bedding is well protected with a quality cover, washing is only necessary every few years. If your bedding needs to be freshened up, you can take off the duvet cover or pillowcase and shake it out weekly, or hang it on a line for a while to air out. In the event you do need to wash your comforter or pillow, there are some important guidelines to follow.
Washing Your Bedding
If an accident happens and you get a spill on your bedding, you can spot treat the spill with a gentle detergent or cleanser and a small amount of water. If you feel you need to wash your comforter or pillow, do not dry clean it. Dry cleaning is too harsh and abrasive for the delicate down. Instead, you should wash it in a large capacity washer that does not have an agitator. When washing your bedding, it is important to wash it in cold water with a gentle detergent. After the washing process is complete, you should take it out of the washer and gently squeeze any excess water out of your bedding. You can line dry it or put it in a large capacity dryer, taking care that you put it on the lowest setting. It can take a while for your comforter or pillow to dry on a low setting, so you may add some clean towels to the load to help soak up additional moisture as well. Before you put it back on your bed or store it, make sure your bedding is completely dry to avoid mildew.
We always recommend to rather take your down bedding to your local cleaners and let them know that you are looking to get it professionally laundered, not dry cleaned.
Storing Your Bedding
If you need to store your goose down bedding at any time, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area and that it is put in storage while completely dry to avoid mildew. Be sure your pillow or comforter is not compressed, which will damage the down’s loftiness and integrity.
With the appropriate care outlined above, you can enjoy your investment in high-quality goose down bedding for years to come.