Even high-quality down comforters may get dirty or lose softness due to long-term use or daily sweat absorbing. In order to guarantee the comfortable “sleeping”, it is really important to know how to care and store comforters. If we follow the right ways of caring for our down comforters, we can get high-quality sleep every day and use them comfortably for more than 10 years easily.
Down comforters are excellent in water absorbency and desorption, so it is necessary to always keep them dry. As an effective way of daily care, lift up down comforters, shake them gently once or twice to let in fresh air to remove moisture from mattress.
Since moisture stays in the mattress under us, down comforters continuously absorb moisture and emit it even during the daytime. Down decreases the temperature between the down comforter and the mattress cooler than the room temperature by heat of evaporation. Also, in case of less emission, more moisture will stay in the mattress as it is used. Meanwhile, fold down comforters or put them aside to open space for drying the mattress.
It is unnecessary to sun-dry our down comforters as often as cotton comforters; however, if moisture stays in down comforters and their down power (fill power) doesn’t become as high as before, it is time to sun-dry them with the cover for one to two hours.
It is commonly known that sun-drying is hygienical and has sterilization effect. If we dry our down comforter with a cover, the cover can help prevent the comforter fabric from fading. Moreover, the cover has an important role in blocking poisonous substances such as PM2.5 and pollen away from the comforter surface. After drying the comforter, take off the cover and wash it before using again.
It is possible to use a down comforter dryer. It is very effective to keep down comforters dry. Also, it kills mite, bacteria and fungus on the surface of comforter fabrics.
However, we need to pay attention that the temperature does not get too high. If the comforter drying machine lacks the function of temperature adjustment, insert a blanket or towel between a drying bag and down comforter. And, please check its manual before using the machine.
We can put washable products (summer blankets) directly into the household washing machine, but please use a washing net for comforters when washing down comforters. In addition, before washing down comforters, please check the specification label carefully. Compared with normal washable products, it takes a longer time for down comforters to dry. Finally, dry it in a tumbler dryer with a large washing net to reopen down.
Please wash and dry down comforters for winter use in exclusive machines at a coin laundry. Using a washing net helps avoid damage to the fabric when washing. Also, before washing, please remove allergen of mite from down comforters by vacuum cleaner.
We do not recommend to wash down comforters using KAWADA DOWN because washing is not necessary if we do care them daily and change their cover properly. Our “Down” is very clean, so if down comforters are washed, the dirt and allergen of mite attached on fabrics move to the down inside them.
Please store your down comforter after completely drying it. We recommend putting your down comforter into a breathable container or bag with the odorless insect repellent. Also, wrap your down comforter up into a breathable fabric, such as Japanese Furoshiki. Moreover, your down comforter should be stored in a less moist place such as the upper shelf of the closet.
We do not recommend to use compression bags to store down comforters. However, if you should use compression bags, please carefully read the details and description of the compression bag, and follow the procedures below.
Firstly, dry down comforters completely before storing it into the compression bag. Always remember not to store the down comforter until its moisture is completed dried. Secondly, do not remove too much air from the bag. The ideal height of squeezed down comforters should be 1/4 of original’s. Please avoid storing down comforters in the bags longer than 6 months. When it is time for using comforters again, take them out of compression bags and make sure to hang them out in the sun to dry with a cover.
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