The winter season has arrived and we are beginning to appreciate the warmth of our duvets, “companions” of many nights.
No other natural fiber like the “goose down flake” manages to contain such a large number of qualities: lightness, volume, compressibility, elasticity, softness, insulation, breathability and durability.
But how long can a duvet last? Several years, if we look at a few simple tricks.
Here are some tips to keep them beautiful and in perfect hygienic conditions:
- shake the pumino gently from time to time;
- regularly expose the duvet to the air, possibly during the early hours of the morning, when the air is cleaner and fresher, and the sun is not yet high;
- wash the duvet, on average, at least every 3 years; this, above all, if you use it with great frequency;
- put the duvet back in its case when you are not using it.
How do you wash a duvet?
Some manufacturers of duvets guarantee the customer the washing and sterilization of the feathers. Often, these companies collaborate with the shops where the customers make the purchase. The duvet does not necessarily have to be treated by specialized personnel, or delivered to the laundry. By carefully following the washing instructions on the product label, you can get excellent results even at home, by washing it by hand or in the washing machine.
Here are some guidelines for washing the duvet in the washing machine:
- check that the washing machine has an adequate capacity to contain the duvet. The latter would not be washed properly if pushed into a washing machine that is too small. Furthermore, large quantities of water are needed for a good wash;
- do not use chlorine-based bleaches, the feathers would be irreparably damaged;
- set a washing cycle for delicate fabrics, in lukewarm water (usually around 30 °);
- once a first wash cycle has been completed, always carry out a second wash for delicate garments, with lukewarm water without using soap, to obtain a better rinse;
- use the spin function carefully, opting for rapid and delicate drying;
- do not expose to direct heat sources (radiator, sun, etc.); however, dry it thoroughly to avoid the formation of mold.
On the other hand, when washing the goose duvet by hand, it is important:
- do not use chlorine-based bleaches;
- wash in warm water;
- use only mild and neutral soap;
- rinse the duvet thoroughly several times, until no more traces of soap are noticed in the water used for rinsing;
- allow the duvet to dry (very well to avoid the formation of mold) in the open air, without exposing it to direct sources of heat, at home, however, in a warm and dry environment;
- gently shake the duvet, so that the feathers are distributed evenly.
What to avoid in order to have a duvet always in excellent condition?
- Do not use carpet beater, carpet cleaner and vacuum cleaner: the mechanical “stress” thus caused on the inner duvet would risk “breaking” the fibers, causing the heat generated by the feathers to dissipate.
- Do not put blankets on top of the duvet. The lack of air does not allow to make the most of its peculiar breathability.
- Do not store the duvet inside vacuum-sealed bags or plastic bags. It is necessary that the duvet is closed in order to let air pass, so as to keep its characteristics intact.
- Do not sew the internal parts of the duvet further: the best solution, the one that works best, is the one proposed by the manufacturer.
Put the duvet away
How to behave at the end of the season?
The feather needs a continuous passage of air, even if filtered. At the end of the season, use its original bag to store it: the case is designed to ensure the best breathability and protection. Alternatively, a large cotton towel is also perfect for periods of non-use. As mentioned, avoid storing it in plastic bags.
And now… you can enjoy, without worries, the very pleasant warmth that your goose down offers you.