One of the greatest benefits of a down alternate comforter is its easy care. You can treat stains, and wash and dry it using your own front load washer and dryer. Obviously, this is a great advantage over a down comforter which requires special care and plenty of time to tend to it properly.
Washing Your Down Alternate Comforter
Treat any stains using your favorite product and apply it according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you do not have a stain remover, you can use this homemade recipe of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Mix in a spray bottle, spray on the stain, and you’re ready to launder.
Always read the label on your comforter so you know which temperature best suits the fabric. Otherwise the colors will fade and the fabric may shrink leaving your comforter looking terrible.
Common fabric choices for comforters include cotton and microfiber. A cotton comforter like this Briteyarn Sweet Brier reversible offers a smooth, silky sateen finish and a crisp, clean pattern. The polyester fill is machine washable and allergen-free.
Microfiber offers the ultimate in convenience. You can wash this Winter Brush reversible in cold water to lower your heating bill and tumble dry to sanitize and restore fluffiness, while maintaining the attractive color or design. The polyester fill is also allergen-free.
Only use a small amount of mild detergent - the water does most the cleaning. Run the comforter through the rinse cycle twice to remove any traces of detergent.
Drying Your Down Alternate Comforter
Once again, read the manufacturer’s label. Almost universally you’ll find it tells you to dry on low heat or even on air if you use dryer balls. Dryer balls draw the moisture out of the comforter and fluff it as it dries.
If you dry your comforter in a hot dryer you risk shrinking the fabric, shrinking the stitching, or damaging the polyester fill. This can lead to unsightly lumps or a misshapen comforter, definitely not what you want.
Always ensure you thoroughly dry your comforter to avoid mildew growth. If you would like to line dry your comforter do so, but follow it with a cycle in the dryer on low or on the air cycle to restore the fluffiness.
Storing Your Down Alternate Comforter
Once your comforter is thoroughly dry, you can store it if you do not want to put it back on the bed. A breathable fabric bag allows air to pass through and prevents mildew. Otherwise, just fold it neatly and tuck in onto a closet shelf so air can circulate around it.
Luckily, you don’t need to take some comforters off your bed when the weather warms. This Vilano Springs suits all-seasons as it is lightweight. When the weather cools, all you need to do is add a blanket for extra warmth.
Replacing Your Down Alternate Comforter
When you care for your down alternate comforter properly, it should last for many years. If you spot worn spots, loose stitching, or a tear it’s time to replace it.
Fortunately, comforters are very affordable so you do not need to wait until it is falling apart to buy a new one. Refreshing your bedding is a simple way to inject new style and freshness into your bedroom without breaking the bank.