CARE AND LAUNDRY ADVICE FOR DOWN ALTERNATIVE FILLED PRODUCTSipachecoleon@gmail.com
Fluff duvets and pillows regularly. Down and down alternative products require air flow for loft, so it is important to “fluff” products regularly. A quick shake of the duvet and the pillows each time the bed is being made will aid in restoring loft.
Always use a protector. Duvet covers and pillow protectors will dramatically extend the life of these products.
Avoid washing. Wash duvets and pillows only when strictly necessary. If there is a spot on the duvet, use spot cleaning techniques rather than washing the whole duvet.
If you have to wash. Use a front loading machine. Wash in cold water, and use a mild detergent. No bleach. (strong detergents and bleaches will breakdown the synthetic down)
Avoid the washer damage to the fills. Depending on the washer/extractor, we suggest stuffing the washer very fully to avoid the mechanical action of the machine from ‘beating up’ blown polyester fibers, which may cause clumping or roping of the fibers.
Avoid dryer damage and use the lowest heat setting possible. Fill the dryer to capacity to avoid mechanical damage and dry on lowest heat setting less than 120o F. High heat will damage the fill fibers .
Be patient. It may take several hours to dry pillows and duvets (however, a low heat setting should still be used).
Check and move the products during the dryer cycle. The laundry attendant should check and flip over the products periodically while being dried, so that all of the surface areas of the products are exposed to the heat, and moisture is not trapped inside the folded-over portion of these filled bedding products.