Dry clean comforters, or wash them at home?
Should you dry clean your comforters?
All comforters may seem the same – just big, fluffy, oversized blankets or quilts, right? – but they’re not. Depending on the materials they are stuffed and covered with, different cleaning techniques may be recommended.
So check the label.
If it says DRY CLEAN ONLY, your “research” is over. Same thing if it says MACHINE WASH SAFE, or the equivalent. Otherwise, you need to determine what fabrics and fillers it comprises.
In a standard household washing machine, fiber filling can shift or bunch up. The colors can run or fade. The whole thing can shrink. Or fall apart. Down or feather fills may hold up okay, but drying can be an issue (you’ll hear about the old tennis-ball-in-the-dryer trick here). Polyester is probably going to be okay, lamb’s wool probably not. A rayon cover is likely to wrinkle up, and forget about satin.
Dry cleaning, on the other hand, can be expensive, and in some cases can introduce a chemical odor. How valuable is your comforter or bedspread? Would it be worse to over-spend at the cleaners, or to risk ruining the item in your washer (or in a larger washer at the laundromat if it’s too big to fit in yours at home)? If you do try laundering it yourself, use cold water and a gentle wash cycle, then medium-heat drying.
Cleaning your comforters and bedspreads is important. Without you noticing any visible dirt or stains, they can easily have collected allergens, bacteria, pet hair and other particles that may not be good for the health of you and your family. Find out the best way to clean them – at home, at the laundromat, or at a dry cleaner – and give yourself some peace of mind.