Duvet Care Instructions: Have You Thought About Storage?
Duvets are essential for keeping us warm and cozy at night. Yet, they also require some TLC on our part throughout the year to maintain them. Whether you have a Down duvet, a Down alternative or a feather duvet, following the appropriate care instructions is necessary.
While you might already be aware that washing your duvets is important, in this article we’re going to talk about one aspect of care and maintenance that people don’t often think about...storage.
Storing our bedding products in the right way is just as vital as cleaning them. If not done properly, you may actually be inviting more dust, dirt and bacteria into your bed. So, whether you are putting your duvet (or comforter if you’re in America) away for the summer months or changing over to a heavier one for the winter, this is how to do it correctly.
Bedding Storage Tips: How To Store a Duvet or Comforter
If you are used to stuffing your duvet or comforter into a plastic bag and hiding it at the back of your closet, this needs to stop. When it comes to storing bedding products, there are a number of factors to keep in mind: location, temperature and folding method.
- Location: Where you store your bedding is very important. While some will have ample room in their linen closets, others will need to be more creative with their storage solutions. Regardless of storage space size, you should always choose a location that allows air to reach the fabric. If you live in a small space, don’t use a plastic bag as this will trap moisture. Instead, choose a cotton storage bag or an acid-free box and liner.
- Temperature: The optimal temperature for storing duvets is cool and dry. If your chosen storage location is damp, this will act as a breeding ground for mould, mildew and unpleasant smells.
- Folding Technique: Learning how to fold your bedding correctly will not only protect a duvet’s integrity but also, it will help you to save on storage space. For a Down duvet, you should roll the duvet loosely and store them standing up. This will prevent compression and make sure none of the features get damaged.
Learning how to store this bedding product is simple and we’ll prove it. Below, you’ll find our step-by-step guide to follow the next time you are putting your bedding away.
- Remove your duvet cover first. Duvets and their covers should always be stored separately.
- Wash and dry your duvet, if needed. Depending on the filling (e.g. Down or bamboo), it may be beneficial to launder it before storing it away for an extended period of time. Once cleaned, make sure that it is completely dry before storing it.
- Fold your duvet or comforter and place it in a breathable cotton storage bag. Alternatively, if you live in a small apartment that lacks space you can also use a vacuum-sealed bag. These work well with synthetic and Down duvets. However, if you have a Down and feather duvet make sure to leave some air inside the vacuum bag so that the feathers won’t get damaged.
Keeping Your Bedding Ready For Another Season
Here at Westex, we advise all of our customers to take the necessary precautions to care for their products. Although our exclusive range of Canadian Down and feather duvets offer a lifespan of over 10 years, you have to look after it properly.
So, the next time you are swapping your summer duvet for your winter duvet, remember...store in a protective cotton storage bag in a cool, dry, and airy space. After all, there is nothing worse than taking bedding out of storage and discovering that it has a musty and damp smell.