Maintaining Your Down Duvet

Follow our tips to ensure maximum longevity and enjoyment from your down duvet.

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Air and Dry? Yes!

Down duvets do not need a lot of care. By airing and shaking your duvet out you will keep the filling airy and loose.

Air is the climate control within your duvet, so airing and shaking out daily is highly recommended. Airing your duvet during dry weather prevents your duvet from becoming moist. However, never leave your duvet hanging in bright sunlight. Sun withdraws moisture from down and feathers. They will lose their elasticity which will decrease your sleeping comfort. In winter time you can place your duvet on the central heating, but make sure the temperature does not exceed body temperature.

When the down has clumped together you can shake it loose by hand or put it in a dryer with a dampened (and well wrung) towel. The warm moist air in the dryer loosens the tufts of down and creates airiness without losing fill power.

Beat and Vacuum? No!

Never use a carpet-beater or vacuum cleaner to shake out your duvet or get rid of dust. The compact weave of the ticking will keep your duvet dust free. It is more than sufficient to lightly brush down your duvet every now and then. If you beat or vacuum your duvet the pores will widen in the ticking and the feathers and down will come out.

Most duvets are machine washable

Washing Machine Yes or No?

Most down duvets are machine-washable, but be sure to follow any washing instructions printed on the label. If the instructions tell you not to wash the duvet, then don’t! For machine-washable duvets, wash in the machine, tumble dry (with some tennis balls) shake out and it's ready to go! You can of course choose to take your duvet to a professional dry cleaner.

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Try to minimise cleaning as much as possible. A duvet does not benefit from over-cleaning.

A Last Note

If you wish to enjoy your down duvet for as long as possible, lie under it but never on top of it, this damages the elasticity of the down.

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