Cleaning your comforters not only keeps your bedroom smelling fresh but also lengthens the life of your bedding. How to clean your comforters depends on the type of comforters you own. Therefore, check the label carefully in case they require special cleaning. If there are no special care instructions, you can stop procrastinating and clean your comforters before storing them.
Repair Rips or Tears
Prior to cleaning your comforters, check if there is any damage that needs to be taken care of. If there are any holes or tears, try fixing them with a needle and thread. If the holes are too are large and you’re not able to repair them, seek professional help. Use thread that closely matches that the fabric. Repairing these small holes or tears should keep them from getting bigger during the cleaning process.
Pre-Treat Stains and Spots
Choose a good pre-treatment to spot any stubborn stains or apply a gentle detergent mixed with water. Spray the pre-treatment directly on the spot and scrub gently after a couple of minutes or hours depending on the stain, read the instructions for the product you chose. You can use a scrub brush or cloth to remove the stain but avoid scrubbing too hard because you can make the stain worse. Use an absorbent cloth to blot the stain.
Set Washer to Delicate Setting
Fill the machine with water and detergent and let it run for a few minutes before placing the comforters inside. This gives the detergent time to mix with the water. The size of the comforter may determine if you need to wash them your machine or if you need a commercial size machine. If you have to you could hand-wash your fragile comforters in the bathtub. Make sure you rinse the comforters well enough to remove all the detergent.
You can hang comforters outside on a clothesline to dry if the weather is warm enough. If not, set your dryer to its no heat cycle to fluff dry them. It can take about three or more hours to dry the comforters. Work out any lumps by taking the comforter out of the dryer occasionally or you can add clean tennis shoes or tennis balls to the dryer for fluffiness.
Store your repaired, cleaned and dry comforters by placing them in large, breathable fabric bags. This ensures dust doesn’t on select them. You could fold clean cotton sheets around the comforters if you don’t have breathable fabric bags. Some people even throw a couple of fresh-scent unused dryer sheets in the bag before sealing.
- Avoid using bleach or color treatment when treating stains
- If you can, treat the stain while it fresh
- As soon as the comforter is dry, shake it out against itself to fluff it up
- Adding a heater or fan can speed up the drying process
- Use duvets or other types of covers to protect the comforters from dirt & dust
Widmer’s Dry Cleaning Process
Our modern dry cleaning facility is the largest in Cincinnati. Widmer’s dry cleaning services inspects comforters before they are cleaned and we will let you know if there are repairs that need to be done before we clean them. If your comforter needs repairs our experts can make those repairs for you. Then we do a final inspection of your comforter before cleaning.
Trust us with your clothing and comforters and you will see why “Widmer’s Means Clean!”