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How Should You Wash a Duvet?

How Should You Wash a Duvet

Keeping your bed fresh and clean is an important component of a good night’s sleep. It is easy to remember to wash your duvet covers, bed sheets and pillowcases. But how many of us actually wash our duvets?

Research by the laundry company Laundrapp found that out of 97% of Brits who sleep with a duvet, 20% of them have never washed it at all.

So, have you ever wondered, how should you wash a duvet? Well, we will explain everything you need to know in this article.

Why is it important to wash duvets?

No matter how many times you throw your bedding items in the washing machine, your bed is still a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Scientists have found that a bed which was unwashed for 4 weeks had accumulated 5 million colony-forming units of bacteria, which is over 24,000 times the amount found on the average bathroom doorknob.

Nasty germs in your bed can make you seriously ill, as they can enter your body through an open cut, wound or sore. Some strains of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus and E.coli, can cause serious human infections, including urinary tract infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea, meningitis and sepsis if they get into the body.

What’s more, when we sleep, we sweat, salivate, and we shed millions of dead skin cells, the latter which dust mites feed on. When those dust mites multiply and live in your bedding, this makes them a common trigger of asthma and allergy symptoms such as skin rashes, sneezing, and a runny nose.

That is why you should wash your duvet regularly, to banish those disgusting germs from your bedroom and prevent them from impacting your health.

How should you wash a duvet?

Firstly, you should check the care label on your duvet, to identify whether it is machine washable.

Before placing your duvet in the washing machine, you may find it helpful to pre-treat any stains, by applying distilled vinegar onto the stain.

So, how should you wash a duvet?

If your duvet is machine washable, then simply place it in the washing machine, in a separate load from other items in your laundry.

Wash the duvet on a gentle spin cycle, using the warm water setting.

After the duvet has been washed, allow it to dry fully. You can do this by hanging it outside, in the fresh air, or in a well-ventilated spot indoors.

Avoid drying your wet duvet on a radiator, as this creates moisture which could encourage the growth of mould and mildew in your home.

If you have a king size duvet or super king size duvet, this may not fit inside your household washing machine. In this case, you would have to take your duvet to be washed at a launderette, which has larger washing machines with extra-large capacity.

How Should You Wash a Duvet

If you want to hand wash your duvet, then check the duvet’s care label to see if hand washing is acceptable.

To hand wash your duvet:

  • Check the duvet’s care label to see if hand washing is acceptable.
  • Fill your bath tub with warm water and add washing powder or a mild laundry detergent.
  • Place the duvet into the bathwater.
  • Gently knead the duvet with your hands, to clean the dirt away.
  • Don’t scrub or wring the duvet harshly, as this can wrinkle the material or damage the filling inside.
  • Rinse and repeat as necessary.
  • Drain the bathwater and give the duvet a final rinse.
  • Roll and un-roll the duvet to squeeze the excess water out.
  • Allow the duvet to dry fully, outdoors in the fresh air, before using or storing it.
  • As you are drying the duvet, check that the filling has not re-distributed to different parts of the duvet.

How often should you replace a duvet?

We recommend replacing your duvet every 2 to 5 years, as this will:

  • greatly enhance your sleep quality.
  • remove any infestations of dust mites and germs.
  • help prevent allergy flare-ups.
  • feel more comfortable for your skin.
  • make your bed feel cleaner and fresher.
  • improve your mood.

Can you take your duvet to a dry cleaners?

We would not recommend taking your duvet to a dry cleaners.

Professional dry cleaners use chemical solvents to treat stains and remove foul odours. These chemicals can affect the filling inside your duvet.

How do I keep my duvet clean in between washes?

How Should You Wash a Duvet
How Should You Wash a Duvet

To keep your bedding fresh before wash day arrives, follow our handy tips below:

  • When you wake up in the morning, don’t make your bed right away. Instead, peel back the duvet to air it out, as this will allow any moisture to escape.
  • Change your bedding at least once a week.
  • Open your bedroom windows regularly, to allow fresh air in.
  • Hoover your bedroom before you strip your bed. If you strip your bed near a dusty floor, then the dust mites will land all over the bedding.
  • Wipe down your bed frame, headboard and bedside cabinet at least once a week.
  • If any condensation builds on your bedroom windows, wipe this away, to prevent the build-up of mould.
  • Pre-treat any stains in your duvet before it goes in washing machine.
  • Avoid eating or drinking while in bed, as this will create crumbs and spillages in your bed.
  • Take a shower and wash your face before you go to bed.
  • Never go to sleep with wet hair. The dampness of your hair can encourage the growth of harmful bacteria, mould and bacteria.
  • Wear clean pyjamas to bed.
  • Try not to wear your outdoor clothing while sitting or laying in bed.
  • Don’t allow pets to sleep on your bed, or limit the time they can spend time there.
  • Invest in a mattress protector, to keep the mattress in new condition for longer and prevent dust mites from getting into your bed.
How Should You Wash a Duvet
How Should You Wash a Duvet

Where can I buy a good quality duvet?

Here at Bedding Comfort Store, we are one of the UK’s leading bedding shops. We are proud to offer a broad collection of duvets which are soft, breathable, supremely comfortable and easy to care for.

Click here to browse our Great Value Duvets, Soft Touch Duvets, Luxury Cotton Duvets, Feels Like Down Duvets and Hotel Collection Duvets.

Read on to discover some of our favourite seasonal duvets:

Our Winter Duvets

How Should You Wash a Duvet
How Should You Wash a Duvet

Waking up in a toasty warm bed is an unbeatable feeling when a bitterly cold winter hits.

If you need a lovely winter duvet to keep you insulated, then look no further than our collection of Winter Duvets.

Ranging from 13.5 to 15 Tog, our winter duvets offer complete comfort during the colder months.

One of our personal favourite winter duvets is our Virgin Egyptian Cotton Winter Duvet 13.5 Tog.

Warm and luxurious, this winter duvet is naturally hypoallergenic. It is designed to keep you warm at night, without making you sweat and overheat.

We use the finest cotton yarns and we pack hundreds of yarn threads into every square inch of this duvet, which creates a soft, durable duvet that feels expensive.

Shop our Virgin Egyptian Cotton Winter Duvet 13.5 Tog here.

Our All Seasons Duvets

Looking for a multifunctional duvet to last you through all four seasons?

Then, you need a duvet from our All Seasons Duvets collection.

We recommend our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable All Seasons Duvet 7.5 Tog.

This excellent duvet is good enough for hotel guests, which means it is good enough for your home!

Made from a 50-50 polyester cotton blend, the cotton provides comfort, while the polyester delivers durability. With this versatile duvet, you won’t feel hot and stuffy during the summer, or freezing cold in the winter months. This all-seasons duvet is lofty and breathable, without feeling heavy and cumbersome.

Shop our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable All Seasons Duvet 7.5 Tog here.

How Should You Wash a Duvet
How Should You Wash a Duvet

Our Summer Duvets

Do you need a lightweight duvet to get you through the scorching hot summers? If so, why not take a look at our Summer Duvets Collection?

Ranging from 1.5 to 4.5 Tog, our summer duvets will keep you cool, without compromising on the coverage you still need at night.

We particularly enjoy our Quality Soft Touch Anti-Allergenic Summer Duvet 4.5 Tog for those warm, muggy nights. The breathability and loftiness of this duvet will help you stay cool, allowing you to sleep well when the temperature soars.

This duvet is naturally hypoallergenic, but we have treated it with anti-mite and anti-bacterial growth, to fend off those allergens that cause sneezing, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat.

What’s more, the microfibre cover is soft and plush enough so you can use your new duvet without a cover (as many people do on the warmest nights).

Shop our Quality Soft Touch Anti-Allergenic Summer Duvet 4.5 Tog here.

How Should You Wash a Duvet
How Should You Wash a Duvet

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