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May seem like a silly question and I should probably save myself and phone my mum, but what's the deal with washing an actual duvet? It's not like mines dirty or anything, I just read something onc… Read More
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
May seem like a silly question and I should probably save myself and phone my mum, but what's the deal with washing an actual duvet?

It's not like mines dirty or anything, I just read something once that you should wash it once in a while.. Can you just shove it in the machine and hang it out to dry?
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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1 Like #1
wash it to make it smell nice, or cover with fabrise
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ive put mine throught the machine before its an all seasons duvet so splits and i have a large drum in my machine. deepends what tog your duvet is how many kg your washing machine drum holds and if you have a synthetic or feather duvet. You could always take it to the dry cleaners and they will do it for you.
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REDRANGER86
wash it to make it smell nice, or cover with fabrise


Meh its not like it smells.. Just read something like it's supposed to get rid of the bed bugs??
#4
baconsandwich
Meh its not like it smells.. Just read something like it's supposed to get rid of the bed bugs??

lol i serioulsy doubt you have bedbugs, dust mites yes, but not bed bugs. If you had bedbugs you would know!!!
#5
I have washed and tumble dried mine on many occasion due to tea and squash spillage!:thumbsup:
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If it's bigger than a single you can only really wash it in a big machine, not a standard home one. We have a Dyson and can fit a king size in there but It has to have enough room or it will rip. Obviously check the washing instructions on the label as some can't be washed at all.
You need to gradually feed it round the drum, you can't just ram it in or again it can rip.

If you don't have a machine big enough it's a trip to the laundrette. Ideally you need either a nice warm day to dry on the line, turn frequently to ensure it's all dry or a good sized tumble drier and make sure again it's suitable for putting in tumbly, don't put it on too hot or it will melt. Better to do on shorter cycles and pull it out and put back in a different way to ensure even drying. Don't put it back on the bed until properly dry or it will stink forever.

Might be worth getting a cheapy duvet as a stand by in case yours takes a while to dry, we find it's a day long thing from early in the morning to late at night!!

Good luck
#7
bellabonkers
ive put mine throught the machine before its an all seasons duvet so splits and i have a large drum in my machine. deepends what tog your duvet is how many kg your washing machine drum holds and if you have a synthetic or feather duvet. You could always take it to the dry cleaners and they will do it for you.



dry cleaners quoted me £15 that was 18mths ish

took it home and put in washing macine - ok it was a struggle but i won - been doing it ever since
#8
Ahh, ok, don't think I'll bother, thanks all :thumbsup:
Will leave some reps
#9
Choose to wash it on a day its nice out and get it out 1st thing in morning ( I just hang my washing out in my nightie/pjs and a dressing gown - who cares ).
Depending on washing machinedrum, I know mine isn't a huge drum but I can wash single quilts in there,and double quilts that are low tog size,like 4.0 etc.I only have low tog quilts anyway cos get too hot at night.
I washed mine already this yr,and I'll next wash it about late August/early Sept then that be it till April/May whenever I'm feeling in cleaning mood lol.
Some people wash their duvets in the bath too.
#10
holly100
dry cleaners quoted me £15 that was 18mths ish

took it home and put in washing macine - ok it was a struggle but i won - been doing it ever since


Time you spend £15 you might aswell buy a new one.I look out for Debenhams sales to get one cheaper but without losing the quality.
#11
if you want it to be freshened up but cant wash it, just hang it on the line on a windy day, then bring in and spray with fabrize lol
I manage to wash mine since as my drum can take up to 6kg and like i say its an all seasons (king size) so i split it into two and wash one part each time.
#12
Oh yeh and if you do decide to wash it and hang it out,be sure to peg it down well and keep an eye on it. They hard to peg down if quite thick ones.
#13
Try washing it on the half load setting, last time I tried to wash one it fitted in the drum but once it had absorbed all that water it went over the washing machine's weight limit and refused to spin it try so it was a bl**dy nightmare trying to get it dry again.
#14
Steam it - does the lot kills everything surprising how many bed bug live in douvets, apparently even washing does not kill them but steaming does, I put a thread on here earlier about a steam mop, I use a similar one for mattress, douvets etc and so easy and dry straight away, its called a home tec steam mop, I have the one one here to but the home tec dries instantly:)
#15
Ive got a superking size, and take it to get steamed every 3 months :-)
#16
I do ours mid summer, take it to a launderette with and extra large machine, its about £4. I put mine on hot wash, check the label, then spend about 30 mins in one of their special driers, they blow hot air through the clothes. Finsh with a couple of hours on the line, you need about 10 pegs to anchor it down.!!! Come out like new, I have a king size thre doubles and two singles so they have to take turns. Have even done the feather one once or twice, needs longer in the drier and has to be shaken every 10 mins to seperate the feathers.
#17
wendyak
I do ours mid summer, take it to a launderette with and extra large machine, its about £4. I put mine on hot wash, check the label, then spend about 30 mins in one of their special driers, they blow hot air through the clothes. Finsh with a couple of hours on the line, you need about 10 pegs to anchor it down.!!! Come out like new, I have a king size thre doubles and two singles so they have to take turns. Have even done the feather one once or twice, needs longer in the drier and has to be shaken every 10 mins to seperate the feathers.


Spot on, thats how we do ours....

also saw this and first thing that came to mind was Trev & Si..."we don't do duvets"
#18
I hated going to launderette in Winter. Muy Mum would moan about getting stuff dry on radioters and she wash the stuff at home and then we all have to carry some round to to there. It was like a good 10min walk but wet washing is awful to carry. Don't ask me why she didn't just wash it there aswell as dry it.
#19
lol you guys, its cheaper just to buy a new one every few months.
banned#20
Mum2Connor&Cerys

Some people wash their duvets in the bath too.


Do mine in the bath too, I go barefoot and just walk up and down up and down up and down, not like it's a big bath, and just keep rinsing and rinsing takes over an hour but I guess that's what you get for saving £15 :oops:
#21
octobergirl;1941344
Steam it - does the lot kills everything surprising how many bed bug live in douvets, apparently even washing does not kill them but steaming does, I put a thread on here earlier about a steam mop, I use a similar one for mattress, douvets etc and so easy and dry straight away, its called a home tec steam mop, I have the one one here to but the home tec dries instantly:)
Using the washing machine to clean won't kill the bed bugs because the temperature being used will not be high enough for them to be killed at. In the same way as when you put your dish cloths/towels etc in the washing machine, the germs won't be gone from the usual 40C wash so they are not really clean when they come out of the washing machine. Apparently the programme that I saw on tv said, that around 40C (which is the normal washing setting) this is the ambient temperature for germs to multiply, thereby increasing the number of germs that you will have on these material when the washing has finished. :x

As steam is usually on a higher temperature setting, it is more likely that bugs/germs etc... which get near this heat they are more likely to be killed. :thumbsup:
#22
Screw the b*tchy energy saving adverts, I was colours at 60 and whites at 90, i'd rather know that everything was as clean as possible than save a few quid on the lecy bill. other half doesn't get on with biological washing powder either so have to use the non bio stuff, still it works reasonably well.

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