You want to take care to store your down comforter in a breathable bag – never plastic. Again, the one thing you must guard against is moisture and mildew. Store in a cool, dry place after annual cleaning.
While some down items provide washing instructions, it is generally accepted that virtually all home washers and dryers are unsuitable to properly process down items, especially comforters, blankets and quilts.
One popular down comforter brand’s washing instructions recommend manually running the washer and dryer in 30 second starts and stops, soaking for an hour, hand squeezing in between cycles and then constantly monitoring a two hour drying cycle. Since moisture and mildew are major concerns with down, great care must be taken to be sure it is thoroughly dry.
Professional wetcleaning or dry cleaning (depending on the age, condition and construction of the item) is the best way to guarantee that your down will be fluffy, puffy, dry and clean.
All down comforter manufacturers recommend you clean your down at least once a year.
CARING FOR DOWN
According to Grandpa Al featherbeds and quilts were among the treasured possessions brought through Ellis Island by turn of the century immigrants, but they weren’t popular a popular among ‘the gentry’ until much later in the 20th century.
As he told the story, after 1932 he began to see veterans from the B-17 Bombers sending in their down flying suits. He also credited Olympic Gold Medalist (1928, 1932 & 1936) and movie star, Sonia Henjie with jump starting Americans’ interest in winter sports, and the appearance of fur and later down ski wear crossing our doors.
GRANDPA AL’S HEADS UP ABOUT DOWN
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All down comforter manufacturers recommend you dry clean your down at least once a year. Professional wet cleaning or dry cleaning (depending on the age, condition and construction of the down item) is the best way to guarantee that your down will be fluffy, puffy, dry and clean. Winzer’s pick up and delivery service for NYC Dry Cleaning.