How to Clean a Duvet Cover
Use the Appropriate Washer Size
A duvet cover occupies a smaller area compared to the duvet insert itself. However, the cover will still be bigger than your average clothing pieces, so you need to check if the bedding will fit into your washer. Make sure the duvet cover can fit inside without being too cramped because it will need more space to be able to spin and tumble around for efficient cleaning. Depending on the size of your washer, you can even include other clothing pieces to be washed – but keep in mind that there is always the risk that the other fabrics will get entangled with the duvet cover. If the cover does not fit in properly in the washer, it is better to have it cleaned in a laundromat with a commercial-sized washer.
Use the Right Setting and Cleaning Agent
Duvet covers can be washed using the normal spin cycle setting unless otherwise specified on the care label. The gentle cycle with cold water may be the best one to use for more delicate cover structures or fabrics. Use a mild detergent that is safe for use for all fabric types to ensure that the duvet cover will be cleaned without its material being harmed in the process. You have the option of adding fabric softener to the final rinse if you want your duvet cover to have that inviting softness, but you’d better check the manufacturer’s instructions first to determine the suitability of this extra step.
Handwashing Delicate Duvet Covers
In case you’re worried about damaging a delicate duvet cover in the washer, you can wash it by hand instead. You will need a large basin or bucket that can hold the whole duvet cover along with the water and detergent needed for washing. You can also do the handwashing task in the bathtub to make sure it will fit in without a problem – just make sure that the tub is completely clean to avoid any unwelcome items from being absorbed by the cover fabric. Fill the tub with warm water and mix in a teaspoon of mild detergent. Place the duvet cover in the water and swirl the fabric around. You can also knead the cover gently to encourage the soapy water to go through the fibers for more thorough cleaning. Avoid roughly scrubbing or twisting the material to prevent damage. Rinse the cover until the water runs clear without soap suds.
Drying the Duvet Cover
You can use the dryer for the duvet cover after taking it out of the washer. Use the low heat setting to keep the fabric safe from being damaged. You can also hang the duvet cover to dry if you want to prevent potential shrinkage that may occur in the dryer, or if your cover is made with a delicate fabric. Letting the cover dry out completely on a clothesline will also help prevent wrinkles, so you will only need to do a little bit of ironing (if applicable) before being able to use the duvet cover on your bed.