Can you wash duvet inserts?
Absolutely, you can wash a duvet, but don’t dive right in without a little prep work. First, have a look at the care label – it’s like the rulebook for your duvet’s cleaning needs. Some duvets are good to go in the washing machine, but others might need a trip to the dry cleaners.
Here’s a simple table with general washing instructions for different types of duvets. Please keep in mind that these are general recommendations, and you should always check the care label for specific instructions:
|Duvet Type||Washing Instructions|
|Synthetic||Machine washable, use a gentle cycle with mild detergent.|
|Down/Feather||Can often be machine washed, but check care label. If machine washing is allowed, use a gentle cycle with a mild, down-specific detergent. Avoid high heat when drying.|
|Wool||Often requires professional cleaning, but some can be machine washed on a wool or hand wash setting. Always check the care label.|
|Silk||Usually dry clean only, but check the care label. Some can be hand washed with a gentle, silk-safe detergent. Avoid wringing or twisting.|
|Cotton||Machine washable, use a gentle cycle with mild detergent.|
Most down or feather duvet inserts can be washed in a front-loading washing machine using a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. You should avoid using fabric softener as it can damage the down or feathers. Once the washing cycle is complete, you should dry the duvet insert on a low-heat setting in a large-capacity dryer. Add a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls to help fluff up the feathers or down.
If your duvet insert is filled with synthetic fibers, you can usually wash it in a top-loading washing machine with a gentle cycle using a mild detergent. Again, check the care instructions to make sure that machine washing is safe for your specific duvet insert. Once the washing cycle is complete, you can dry the duvet insert on a low-heat setting in a large-capacity dryer.
Dos and don’ts of washing duvet inserts
5-step guide on how to wash a duvet insert
Read the care label
Before washing your duvet insert, check the care label to make sure that it is safe to wash in a machine. The care label will provide instructions on the best way to wash your duvet insert based on its materials and filling.
Prepare the washing machine
Use a large-capacity washing machine and select a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. If you’re washing a down or feather duvet insert, use a front-loading washing machine to prevent damage to the filling. For synthetic fiber duvet inserts, a top-loading washing machine will usually be fine.
Wash the duvet insert
Add the duvet insert to the washing machine and start the cycle. Make sure the duvet insert has enough room to move around freely in the machine. Use a gentle cycle and a mild detergent. Avoid using fabric softeners, bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the filling.
Dry the duvet insert
After the washing cycle is complete, remove the duvet insert from the washing machine and transfer it to a large-capacity dryer. Add a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls to the dryer to help fluff up the filling. Use a low heat setting to dry the duvet insert. If the care label recommends it, you can also air dry the duvet insert by laying it flat on a clean surface.
Fluff and reshape the duvet insert
Once the duvet insert is dry, remove it from the dryer and fluff it up to redistribute the filling. You may need to use your hands to smooth out any lumps or clumps. If necessary, you can also reshape the duvet insert to its original shape. Your duvet insert is now clean and ready to use again!
FAQs can you wash a duvet insert
Can I wash a down or feather duvet insert in a top-loading washing machine?
It’s best to wash a down or feather duvet insert in a front-loading washing machine to prevent damage to the filling. However, if you don’t have access to a front-loading machine, you can use a top-loading machine as long as you’re careful not to overload it and use a gentle cycle.
Is it safe to wash a duvet insert filled with synthetic fibers?
Yes, it’s generally safe to wash a duvet insert filled with synthetic fibers in a washing machine. Be sure to check the care label to confirm that it’s safe to do so, and use a gentle cycle and mild detergent.
Can I use fabric softener when washing my duvet insert?
No, it’s best to avoid using fabric softener when washing your duvet insert as it can damage the filling. Instead, use a mild detergent and add a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls to the dryer to help fluff up the filling.
Do I need to dry clean my duvet insert?
In most cases, you do not need to dry clean your duvet insert. Most duvet inserts can be washed in a washing machine and dried in a dryer. However, be sure to check the care label to confirm the best method for washing your specific duvet insert.
How often should I wash my duvet insert?
It’s a good idea to wash your duvet insert every six months to keep it clean and fresh. However, if you have allergies or if your duvet insert becomes soiled or stained, you may want to wash it more frequently. Be sure to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to avoid damaging the duvet insert.