If you’re owning a down comforter, I’m sure that you’ve realized how great it is. The comfort and warmth are exceptional. But every good thing has its downside, and in this case, it is when you have to clean your comforter. And in most cases, you are recommended by the manufacturer to dry clean it. But I’m sure not many of you know what it is, how it works, or how much it could cost. So in this post, I’m going to answer all your question about dry clean a down comforter and other alternative cleaning methods.
What is dry clean?
So the first question that many may ask themselves are “what exactly a dry clean”. Don’t get the wrong idea, dry cleaning isn’t exactly like how it sounds. They also use a machine to wash your comforter but in this case, it is a little different. Dry clean is a cleaning process that uses chemical solvents other than using water. It is specific use for fabrics that degrade or dedicate ones that cannot withstand the roughness of washing machine or cloth dryer. It basically works just like a washing machine but with much more ease and gentleness. And they usually use the tetrachloroethylene solvent, which is also called “perc” to replace water.
How much does it cost?
It depends on how heavy or large your comforter are. Normal or full comforter often cost about $20 while down comforter requires a better care since the down fill can be easily damaged. They have to use a special solvent for down comforter so it’ll cost you more, about $30 is a reasonable price.
Alternative cleaning method
I don’t know about you but I have been washing my down comforter and all kind of stuff with washing machine. Here is how I do it:
Use a large front-loading washing machine – If you don’t have one, just go to the local laundromat. Put your comforter in it, set the mode to delicate or gentle cycle. Then add in mild detergent that is specific for down, and the amount depends on how big is your comforter. Then press “start” and wait until it’s done.
Rinse twice to make sure all the soap are washed – It is vital for you to do that. If there are soap left in your comforter, it could damage the down texture.
Dry your comforter with a large dryer – Set the mode on “low” and start drying. It may take a while but this process is essential because if you do it too rough you’ll end up ruining your comforter. You could try air dry if the weather is good.
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