Tips for washing and storing the duvet


We are almost there! Spring has now arrived and with it comes a whole series of inevitable “household chores”. Yes, because now that the days are getting longer and the temperatures will be milder, it is common practice to start the big cleaning.

Among the many things to do, there is certainly to put away the duvet that has pampered and warmed us for a whole winter. In this article, we take stock of all the existing methods of washing your duvet.

Ways to wash the duvet

How do you wash a duvet before storing it?

If dry cleaning is not one of the preferred methods, it is easily possible to wash it in water, but following some important precautions; once wet, the feather tends to accumulate in many small balls, and therefore the drying process becomes fundamental and indispensable.

Duvet bed and dryer

You have two opportunities to dry the duvet: either you go to your local launderette and use the dryer, or if you have space at home, you can also dry it in the sun. You’re thinking of the summer sun, the strong one, right? Wrong. You will need the wind: in fact, the wind will continuously move the wet feather, allowing it to untie and dry more effectively than the sun. Excessive heat could turn your duvet yellow.

Or you can use the dryers made available to self-service laundries, always making sure that the latter are clean. If you decide to use the latter method, make sure that your duvet is well wrung out, the less water there is in the garment, the less time it will take to dry it.

Last tip: if after drying your duvet has an unpleasant smell, it means that the feather still has some water residues, in fact the goose down being an organic material, if wet it smells bad, so our advice is to dry it a little more.

Dry cleaning of the duvet

If your duvet needs to be dry cleaned, you have no choice. The only solution at your disposal is a dry cleaner, trustworthy if possible. In this case, one piece of advice we would like to give is to open the blanket once it has been removed, this is because the duvet may not have been dried well and may show mold stains later on.

How to make the duvet last longer: our advice

Those who use a duvet or a quilt filled with down know the comfort and pleasure of sleeping covered in a natural material with exceptional characteristics. Thermoregulation, thermal insulation and transpiration are unique qualities of the duvet. But a down and down product requires adequate care and maintenance in order to last a long time (to last longer than all other natural fibers): the down should be washed at least once a year.

Our suggestion is to contact a specialized center as an incorrect washing temperature or drying could damage our duvet.

The duvet washing service guarantees a specialized treatment with detergents developed exclusively for quilted feathers and down. The detergent action restores softness, elasticity and new life to the padding, regenerating the down-tightness of the fabrics. Furthermore, thanks to ultraviolet (UV) rays, a thorough sterilization of the duvet is ensured; an article filled with down has a long life, however the fabrics used wear more than the padding. It is advisable to renew the lining every 8-10 years, even sooner if the fabric is particularly damaged. SOFT-ARTENTEX offers a lining change service and modification of the measures of our old duvet.

It is also possible to give a “second life” to our old duvet: you can change the measures and characteristics, adding or removing plumage.

How to store the duvet

How to store our duvet 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.


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