How do I clean my new comforter?
There are many different options available for caring for your comforter and accent pieces. Proper care will guarantee the longevity of your bedding, keeping it looking and feeling as good as the day you bought it.
First, it is very important to always follow the proper “Care Instructions” for your product. You can be certain that 95% of fine bedding will recommend dry cleaning the product. Dry Cleaning your bedding may seem overwhelming, can be somewhat expensive, but it truly is the only way to insure it’s longevity and protect your investment.
Dry cleaning is so highly recommended because the process itself is less invasive and generally easier on fabric fibers. Why we ask? This is because fluids used to clean fabrics do not contain water so they do not fully penetrate the fibers. This helps to eliminate fading, discoloration and distortion.
Some 100% Cotton and Cotton Blend comforters are machine washable, they must be washed in an oversize washer, and I would highly suggest the new he (high efficiency) front load washers, why you ask? They do not have that middle agitator that the comforter could get caught on and it is hard on the fibers. These new washers usually carry an oversizes drum and this washing process is easier on the garments. Before you try to wash your comforter your self, please make sure your washer can handle the load weight, if in doubt please have it dry cleaned professionally. (These new washers can usually handle a twin or full comforter) When in doubt, always check the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Of course prevention is the first and most important step in extending the life of your bedding. Keeping your comforters and accessories out of direct sunlight will prevent uneven fading. The longer you wait to have your bedding dry cleaned, the longer you give the stain the opportunity to set into the fibers and it may not come out even after professionally dry cleaning. Try to stay on a schedule with your dry cleaning to prevent permanent damage to the comforter.
Some people have a summer, light weight comforter and a winter, heavier comforter for the cooler months. When you change your comforter for the seasons this is the perfect time to have it cleaned “before” you pack it away for the season. And remember, following preventative measures will extend the life of your “Trendy Bedding”.
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