What is a duvet cover?
A duvet cover is like a large pillowcase for a duvet. The duvet fits inside the lid of a button or zipper closed at one end (the zipper or button is usually at the bottom).
Some simple duvet covers are made from a sheet-like fabric. Some duvet covers are made of upholstery fabrics to complete the bedroom decor. It is usually made of skin-friendly materials such as polyester fibers and natural fabrics such as cotton and linen. Duvet covers are a relatively inexpensive way to change the look of a room and protect your debt without investing in a new blanket. They are also easier to store and clean.
Why wash the duvet cover?
Everyone loves a clean, clean bed—but not everyone makes it a habit to wash their duvets and pillowcases regularly. Yes, we know. They look clean, right? Regular washing is still important to keep dust mites and allergens low, to remove sweat or odors, and to ensure your bed is very fresh when sliding sheets.
How often to wash?
For the freshest results, duvet covers and pillowcases need to be washed at least once a week. If you use the top sheet a lot, you might be able to stretch it out a bit. Also, keep in mind that the quilt inside the duvet, unless something spills on it, can be cleaned less frequently or as needed.
How to wash duvet covers and pillowcases?
First, be sure to read the care instructions on your bedding before you start (when your duvet arrives at your door, it will come with a washing instruction guide where you can find all the instructions for washing your duvet cover. Sometimes, all instructions are on a label placed or affixed to the corner of the cover).
Read the label to make sure it's OK to put the duvet cover in the machine wash. If yes, move on. If not, it's best to follow the recommendations for hand washing or dry cleaning.
First, remove your comforter from the duvet. A duvet cover usually has a zipper or a series of buttons or snaps that you need to unbutton to remove the duvet cover for washing. Some also have internal ties that you need to untangle from the duvet to slide off the cover.
Refasten zippers, buttons or snaps before placing the cover in the machine to avoid unnecessary tangling or snagging with other items. As long as your duvet still has room to move freely in the machine, you can wash your duvet cover with other items. Use the cold water setting, and unless your mulch is particularly fragile, wash on the normal setting using a normal spin cycle.
Choose a mild detergent that is safe on all fabric types. If you have any stubborn stains on your comforter, like coffee or jam from the last time you had breakfast in bed, pretreat it with a color-caring stain remover. |
If you choose to hand wash - use a mild detergent and place the duvet cover in a clean tub to avoid transferring any residue from the tub to clothing. It is also easy to hand wash. All you need is a bucket, warm and a teaspoon of neutral detergent. Shake them gently in water and rinse thoroughly. When hand washing, do not rub the duvet cover too much. Wash until soap residue is gone. After draining, hang to dry.
Most duvet covers will work fine in the dryer on the low or mid-range, but you can always hang them to dry if you prefer. Tip: Hang it on a clothesline to help reduce wrinkles. Once dry, you can iron any wrinkles or creases (delicate embroidery patterns or patterns require a layer of fabric) with a low-temperature iron, turning them over beforehand for best results. If you're not sure if your duvet can be ironed, check the label.
What is a duvet cover?