Ways to Clean a Comforter
Use the Correct Washing Machine Size
If the care label of the comforter says that it can safely be washed in a washing machine, then you may have a much easier time with this cleaning chore. However, you need to make sure that the comforter can fit into your washing machine at home, with enough space to allow it to be cleaned thoroughly without getting too squashed. It is a good idea to wash the comforter on its own even if there is still a bit of space for other clothing items. If the comforter seems tight-fitting inside your washer, it is best to go to a laundromat and use a much bigger commercial washer.
Use the Appropriate Washing Machine Cycle and the Right Detergent
Set the washer to the delicate or gentle cycle and follow the temperature setting (warm or cool) indicated in the manufacturer’s care label. As a general rule, hot water should be used if your goal is to kill dust mites and are not planning on using the dryer after the wash, while warm or cold water is used to keep the colors and the texture of the fabric protected from damage. Use a mild laundry detergent that will clean the comforter without damaging the material and follow the instructions on the container. If applicable, you can use an extra rinse cycle after the first one is complete to ensure that detergent, dust mites, and dirt are thoroughly removed.
Drying the Comforter
After the washing cycle is completed, transfer the comforter to the dryer. You also need to check that the dryer can accommodate the comforter; if it fits too tightly, you might be better off using a commercial dryer in a laundromat. Place the comforter inside to ensure even distribution, which can be further helped with the addition of tennis balls that can only be used in a low heat setting.
Use the Indicated Temperature Setting for Drying
Use the temperature setting stated in the care label for drying the comforter. When you use the low heat setting, you can expect the drying process to take a few hours. You can regularly fluff the comforter every 30 minutes or so to encourage even drying and keep the filling properly distributed.
Alternatively, Dry the Comforter Under the Sun
If the day is a warm and sunny one with no sign of rain, you can skip using the dryer and bring out the comforter to dry under the sun. The process will take a few hours to be completed as well but will allow you to take advantage of the drying powers of the sun for free. You will need to rotate the comforter and fluff it regularly to ensure that the filling remains evenly distributed and that all surfaces will evenly be dried.
Finish the Drying Outside the Dryer
After the drying cycle, hang the comforter outdoors under the sun for several hours. This helps ensure that the comforter is completely dry and prevents the growth of mold and mildew. Leaving the comforter out in the sun for a couple of hours will also help with killing dust mites. If it is not sunny and it is not a good idea to hang the comforter outdoors, you can let it dry completely in a well-ventilated area inside your home.