How to Make the Most of Your Bedding—Complete Duvet Care Guide

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How to Make the Most of Your Bedding—Complete Duvet Care Guide


Few things in life feel as luxurious as sliding into bed underneath a soft, cosy duvet. Buying the right duvet inner—such as Comfy’s down and down alternative duvet inners—is the start, but you also need proper bedding maintenance. Yes, bedding can still feel comfortable and opulent months and years after buying new home bedding.


How exactly?


This care guide will help you improve sleep quality, simply by properly looking after your Comfy duvet and other bedding.


Why is Proper Bedding Maintenance So Important?

Regular washing helps households create and maintain hygienic living environments, but it also extends the lifespan of bedding. When in use, all bedding accrues allergens like dust and dead skin cells, as well as moisture and oils secreted by the human body. Over time these elements put the fibres under pressure.


So, proper duvet care gives you peace of mind that you’re sleeping in a clean environment, your duvet will feel cosy for longer and bedding won’t need to be replaced as often. That’s good news for healthy living and managing your budget!


Handy Duvet Inner Care Timeline

Daily Duvet Care

Maintain the plush feel of your duvet inner by giving it a good shake every morning while making your bed. This helps to distribute the stuffing—down feathers or synthetic fibres—evenly throughout the duvet inner.


In a humid climate, there’s a bigger chance of a duvet inner’s filling clumping, but a dehumidifier can deal with this problem.


Weekly Duvet Care

A few times a week, pull away the duvet cover and any other bedding that covers the duvet inner. When you allow the fibres to breathe and make moisture evaporation easier, your duvet will feel and smell fresh for longer.


Monthly Duvet Care

Part of duvet inner care is to limit how much allergens get caught between fibres. Your duvet cover is in contact with various sources of allergens, such as your body, air, and pets jumping on the bed. These allergens can easily transfer to the duvet inner too. Therefore, regular washing of your duvet cover and other bedding like bed sheets and fitted sheets is an indirect way of caring for your plush duvet inner.


In addition, keep record of when you wash your duvet inner and set a reminder for the month it needs another cleaning. Usually, duvet inners require a proper wash every few months.


Yearly Duvet Care

Another timeline to keep track of and set reminders for is when it’s time to replace a duvet. If you’ve had yours for a few years, you may need a replacement. Depending on the quality, duvet inners are usually appropriate for use for 2 to 5 years.


How to Clean Your Comfy Duvet Inner

At Comfy we help customers enjoy luxurious living and low-maintenance features. You’ll love how easy it is to clean your Comfy duvet inner.


How to Wash a Comfy Duvet Inner

The care guidelines for Comfy’s down and down alternative duvet inner products are very similar:

  • Step 1: Remove the duvet inner from its cover and shake it out to loosen and remove allergens.
  • Step 2: Look for any tears in the protective layer and repair them with needle and thread to prevent the wash from widening the hole.
  • Step 3: Treat stains and pre-soak the duvet inner in the bathtub for an hour if it’s very soiled.
  • Step 4: Add mild liquid detergent to the machine.
  • Step 5: Pick a cool, gentle cycle.
  • Step 6: Place the duvet in the washing machine without any other bedding. This allows for optimal soaking.
  • Step 7: Run the wash cycle.
  • Step 8: (Optional) Run a second rinse and spin cycle to ensure no detergent remains in the fibres.
  • Step 9: Take out the duvet inner immediately after the wash so it can start drying and prevent mould and mildew from forming on the damp fabric.


You can handwash a duvet inner in the bathtub or have it dry cleaned if a machine wash isn’t an option.


How to Dry a Comfy Duvet Inner

The best, safest way to dry a Comfy duvet inner is to let it air dry. You can do this where there’s ample ventilation but not in direct sunlight. Ideally, it should air dry for about 24 hours.


If air dry isn’t an option, you can put it in the tumble dryer, but only use this method if there’s no alternative way of getting your bedding dry. Some experts advise putting tennis balls wrapped in socks inside the dryer with the duvet inner. This will help separate the different sections and allow for better airflow.


Dos and Don’ts When Cleaning and Drying Your Duvet Inner

  • Always avoid high temperatures.
  • Use liquid detergents because powder can cause build-up on fibres.
  • Never use bleach.
  • Don’t use brightener products.
  • Do not leave the duvet in direct sunlight to dry.
  • Only put your duvet back on the bed once it’s completely dry.
  • Cover a duvet inner with a duvet cover to protect it from stains and allergens.
  • If you plan on putting the duvet in the cupboard for a while, protect it from dust mites and humid conditions by placing it in a vacuum-sealed storage bag.


What About Your Bed Sheets?

As mentioned, the condition of other bedding affects your duvet inner. Therefore, to make your room hygienic and allergy-friendly it’s important to also follow good cleaning habits with other bedding like bed sheets and duvet covers.


Bed Sheet Maintenance by Fabric

All Comfy’s bed sheets are machine washable and tumble-dry safe, so they’re easy to take care of. To take the best care of your specific sheets, consider the fabric-specific guidelines below.

Collection Maintenance Tips
Cotton Rich Only iron on a warm setting if necessary.
Pure Cotton Do not dry clean or bleach.
Luxury Pima Cotton Iron bed sheets when they’re still damp and do not dry clean or bleach.


4 Bed Sheets Care Tips

To make your bed sheet maintenance strategy even more effective and effortless, here are 4 expert tips to try:

  • Take out your sheets from the machine or dryer as soon as a cycle ends, so they wrinkle less and require less ironing.
  • Washing with natural products like baking soda and vinegar is effective and more eco-friendly.
  • To keep your linen cupboards organised, store sheets and duvet sets inside their matching pillow cases.
  • Bath right before going to bed to limit sweat, dirt and allergens you carry onto your linen, so your bedding will require less frequent washing.



Can You Wash a Duvet in the Washing Machine?

Yes, many duvets are machine washable but whether it’s safe to do so depends on the duvet inner and your appliance. A duvet inner with synthetic fibres is usually safe to wash, as are many natural fibre duvet inners. To ensure proper cleaning and prevent damaging the washing machine, make sure the drum is big enough to allow the bedding to move around during the wash.


How Often Should You Wash a Duvet Inner?

Each household is different but you should wash a duvet inner at least once every 6 months. You may feel there’s reason for more frequent washing, such as excessive sweating or pet dander affecting family members’ allergies.


How Often Should You Wash Bed Sheets?

You should wash your bed sheets at least once in two weeks, but washing them once a week is even better, helping you maintain a hygienic environment and reducing allergens in the bedroom. For hot sleepers who sweat more than others or if your pets sleep in your bed, weekly washing of bed sheets is best.


Can I Wash my Duvet Inner with the Duvet Cover on?

It’s not advisable to wash a duvet inner inside its duvet cover. Firstly, this method increases the risk of either bedding item getting damaged inside the washing machine. Also, with the duvet inner and its cover attached to each other, there’s a chance that water and detergent won’t reach all the fibres. Lastly, drying the duvet inner inside its cover will take longer than drying them apart.


How do You Dry a Duvet Fast?

It’s best to let a duvet inner air dry. However, if you’re in a rush or humidity prevents your laundry from drying properly, you can dry duvets in the tumble dryer. Pick cool cycles.


Will a Down Duvet Go Flat?

Eventually, all duvet inners go flat. This happens because of the down inside losing the springiness that originally makes it so cosy to sleep under. You can maintain it for longer by shaking it out often, but over time the filling will start collapsing and you’ll need a new duvet inner.


Have a Home Bedding Care Question?

At Comfy we’re passionate about helping households enjoy luxurious living thanks to quality bedroom and bathroom linen that’s low maintenance. Our friendly experts will answer any questions you have about bedding maintenance, so contact us if you’re unsure about how to take care of your Comfy purchase.


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