How to Wash a Comforter in a Washing Machine at Home

You’ll always love your comforter because of the cozy, fluffiness and the warmth you get after a long, tedious day. However, the trouble begins when you learn that it has become dirty and needed some cleaning. Unlike other bed linens which can be washed twice a week, after a fortnight or daily, comforters are rarely washed. It is always recommended to launder them after every 3 months or twice a year.

How to Wash a Comforter in a Washing Machine

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Comforters provide a suitable environment for harboring dust mites, dirt, and fungus. If you don’t wash them as needed, they can lead to allergies and possible health effects. A simple rule of thumb; the more allergic, sickly or asthmatic you are, the more washing your comforter needs. You don’t have to take them to a launderette for cleaning unless your washing machine is too small to accommodate it. Even if you take it to the laundromat, the following steps are what you need to follow when cleaning them in a washing machine.

So let's Start to Learn About How to Wash a Comforter in a Washing Machine

Step 1. Read the Label

It is always wise to read the instructions given by the manufacturer concerning how to wash the comforter. If it is a dry clean only’ label, then take it to the professional to do it for you. For hand-wash only,’ just wash it manually from the sink. Some comforters are made of the delicate material such as wool while others are made of cotton. The labels may even recommend the specific temperature settings for the washing machine and the dryer.

Step 2. Cross-Check the Comforter

Before throwing the comforter in the washing machine, you need to re-examine it and see if it deserves some cleaning. If you are asthmatic or so much allergic, you should not buy the idea of cleaning it once a year as some people say. You should sympathize with your health and clean it on a monthly basis.

Among the things you are to consider include the following;

  • Repair any tears, pulled threads, loose fabric and holes present, with a needle and strong thread. Washing without mending the imperfections will incur additional damages when placed in the washing machine.
  • Stains can be removed before washing. At times, you may be obsessed with cleaning the entire comforter simply because a small stain has irritated you. Such stains can just be removed and the washing postponed for another time.

Procedure for stain removal

You will require a mild laundry solution diluted with water for dull-colored comforters or baking soda mixed with water for bright-colored ones.

  • Shift the filling to the sides so that you remain with the stained fabric.
  • Use a clean rag to dampen the area
  • Apply a reasonable amount of the cleaning solution to the stained area and gently scrub to lift the stain.
  • Once it the stain disappears, use another clean rag to blot the area until the cleaning solution is removed.
  • Allow the area to dry completely especially if you are not planning to wash the entire comforter.

Step 3. Load the Comforter to the Washer

You need to have a medium to the large-sized washer that will accommodate the comforter. It should be evenly distributed, loosely stuffed and feel fluffy inside the front-loader. In case it isn’t entirely covered by water, seems crammed or very firmly packed, you need to find a bigger option. Preferably, you can take it to the laundromat and use the giant machine.

Step 4. Set the Machine Settings

If the manufacturer had stated the label directions, make sure not to deviate from them. Always operate in the delicate or gentle setting to prevent possible damages to the fabric. The water level should then be set at maximum, with warm temperatures. Hot water is great, but it may damage the comforter if at all the fabric cannot withstand the high temperature. In as much as it will destroy the dust mites and fungus, the heat may also discolor the fabric.

On the other hand; cold water is very gentle to colors, preserves fabrics and shrinkage but won’t kill dust mites. If there are no instructions on the label, simply pick on warm (but not hot) temperatures. If you have a dryer, you can use cold water in the washer and utilize the heat on the dryer.

What You Should Consider

  • Always use a mild detergent that does not contain any bleach and very safe for delicate fabric. The amount used should be reasonable enough to avoid over-foaming. Moreover, if the detergent is not all washed off, it damages the fill material.
  • Balance the load on the washer by adding about 2 tennis balls.
  • You should add an extra rinse cycle depending on your preferences. Some machines allow it to be done prior to washing while others need to be set after the first cycle is complete.

Step 5. Dry the Comforter

Once the cycle is complete, the comforter should be transferred to the dryer. Just like the washing machine, the dryer should be enough to accommodate the comforter. If not so, you can take it to the laundromat for drying or simply air-dry it. Manufacturers also recommend the ideal temperature range for drying.

Drying may take several hours depending on the dryer. To make it fluffy and plumper, add tennis balls to it. You should keep removing the comforter at intervals of about 30 minutes to fluff the fabric, before placing it back. This will not only enable redistribution of the filling but will also promote aeration and even dry. Additionally, you will be checking for any signs of burns in case you are using the high-heat settings.

For those who do not have a dryer or simply want to save on the energy costs, airing is the perfect alternative. You can air on the clothesline or a drying rack depending on the weather and availability of space. Sunlight is very useful in preventing mildew, killing dust mites and ensuring there’s even drying. Your task will just be fluffing it once in a while and rotating it for proper aeration.

Great Tips

  • Always protect your comforter with a duvet cover to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating on it. It is easier to wash the cover than dealing with the heavy comforter.
  • Regularly air your comforter to get rid of moisture and mildew.
  • Always read the label before thinking of washing or drying the comforter.

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