Before you think about washing your duvet and pillows, you must check the care labels and follow the guidelines given by the manufacturer. Make sure that your washing machine has a large enough drum to accommodate larger quilts. Do not overstuff your machine. There should be room for detergent and water to circulate evenly. If your machine isn’t large enough, then use a launderette.
Top Tip: Squeezing air out of pillows will enable you to wash two at once in your machine.
Before you wash anything, you should take the time to check the seams on your pillows and duvets are intact and there are no holes in the casing. This will ensure that the filling cannot escape and clog up your washing machine, potentially causing some serious damage.
Top Tip: Place your pillow in a pillowcase before washing to avoid snagging the filling.
Your choice of detergent is important. If you are cleaning a duvet or pillow with a natural filling then use an enzyme free detergent as regular detergents remove natural fat from feathers and reduce their natural fluffiness and loft.
If the manufacturer’s care instructions permit, wash your pillows and duvets at 60 degrees C to kill bacteria and dust mites. Run the rinse cycle twice to ensure all detergent is removed.