How to Clean Your Bed Covers
While your selection of a mattress is the most essential decision towards a good night's sleep, most of us care a great deal about the bedspread, comforter or quilt that covers our bed. The bed covers can set the style and tone of the bedroom and can be a costly investment. That's why it's important to care for them correctly.
Make the Best Bed Cover Shopping Decisions
The first step to caring for your bed covers is to make some wise decisions when shopping. For a seldom used guest room, a dry clean only comforter is not a big problem. For a kid's bed or if you have animals that enjoy spending time in your bed, it's much smarter to select a cover that's washable.
Even if you've found the perfect color and style for your bed, take a few minutes to read the fiber content and care instructions. Most duvets have a removable cover but you still need to know if it is washable or must be dry-cleaned. Be sure that the cover is preshrunk so it will fit well after cleaning. And, if the cover is quilted, check the stitching and quilting lines. If the stitching is large or the rows are too far apart, the filling may shift and get lumpy during cleaning.
8 Tips for Comforter and Bedspread Care
- You can safely remove care tags when you get your comforter home, but don't discard them! Tape the tag to a note card or enter the information into your phone so it will always be handy when it's time to clean your comforter.
- Always fold the bed sheet over the edge of the bed cover nearest your head. It's much easier to wash a sheet to remove body soil and make-up than to wash a bedspread.
- If your bedspread is too large for your home washer, wash it in a bathtub, take it to a laundry mat with commercial washers or use a professional dry cleaner. Cramming it into your washer will not get it clean and it may harm your washer.
- When it's time to wash or dry-clean the comforter, clean all the matching pillow shams, dust ruffles and even curtains at the same time. If you don't you'll see differences in color.
- Before you clean the bed cover, check it for any cuts, tears or weak areas and repair those before cleaning. Lifting a heavy wet comforter can cause small tears to become much larger.
- When washing a duvet cover with a zipper, close the zipper completely to prevent snags and tears during laundering.
- Learn how to spot clean stains as soon as they happen to save a complete cleaning.
- To freshen your bed cover between cleanings, take it outside and let the fresh breeze do its work. Even a quick tumble in the dryer on air only will remove hair and dust.