How to Wash a Duvet Cover How to Wash a Duvet Cover

A duvet cover doesn't need to be washed very often, and requires no special treatment when it does. If there are any doubts about the color fastness of your duvet cover, you should take it to be dry cleaned.

Step 1- Remove the Cover

Most duvet covers are closed by a series of snap catches. These catches must be opened carefully, because sometimes they will not be fitted properly and can tear out of the fabric. The duvet should pull straight out of the cover.

Step 2 – Check for Labels

Check the inside of the duvet cover for any labels that indicate whether it can be washed or not. There could also be labels indicating whether the cover can be hung out to dry and whether it can be ironed.

Step 3 – Fasten the Snap Catches

If you are going to wash the cover in your machine you should fasten the snap catches to avoid the other laundry being tangled into it.

Step 4 – Mild Wash

Wash your duvet cover with other laundry that is suitable for a cool or 30º wash. Unless the cover is especially delicate, it can be washed at normal settings. The duvet cover should also be able to handle the highest spin speed of your machine.

Step 5 – Always Use a Fabric Conditioner

As well as the detergent for the laundry, don’t forget to put fabric conditioner in the machine for the final rinse.

Step 6 – Hand Wash

If you are hand washing the cover, use a large bowl or basin and knead the cover to force the water through the weave. Rinse at last twice, using a fabric conditioner on the last rinse.

Step 7 – Hang to Dry

After being spun dry, the duvet cover can be hung on a clothes line to dry. It's always better to dry bedding outside in the fresh air if possible.

Step 8 – Iron

Before putting the duvet cover away or replacing it on the duvet, you should iron out all the creases. It's best to iron the duvet cover inside out. If the snap catches are plastic, be careful ironing over them in case they have low melting points.

Step 9 – Fold

Fold the duvet cover carefully before putting it away. Fold by holding it up by the open end and letting the flap hang down into the cover.

If you are going to replace the cover on the duvet, the best way is to open all the snap catches and turn the duvet cover inside out. Reach into the open end for the far corners. Gripping through the corners, hold two corners of the duvet and then pull them into the duvet cover. Plump up the duvet and make sure it's evenly spread within the duvet cover. Fasten the snap catches to hold the it securely in the cover, and replace the duvet on the bed.

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