Duvets can often be an investment and infrequent laundering can damage it, so proper maintenance is very important to improve the life span of your beloved duvet. Opt for a duvet cover, which can help protect better than a flat sheet. It’s also a good idea to air it out a couple times a year by hanging it outside over the clothesline to preserve its freshness.
Time is Of the Essence
Attend to spills or stains immediately, before they seep into the filling. Push as much of the filling as you can out of the way before spot-treating the casing with water and mild dishwashing liquid.
Consider getting separate summer and winter duvets. Dressing you bed according to season will also result in a savings on your energy bill. Just be sure to protect off season duvets from dust by storing them in cotton canvas bags (never plastic ones) which can lead to mildew.
Fill the Gap
Not sure which filling is best for you? Here are a few of the best materials you can look for when purchasing your new duvet.
Down: The most effective insulator, resulting in light weight options that pack serious heat. Can be a bit on the pricey said and can be troublesome for people with allergies.
Feather: Cost-effective and firm, allergenic, heavy, and larger feathers can poke through fabric so be sure to look for high thread count casings.
Synthetic: Typically made of polyester, low cost and non-allergenic; can get bulky and doesn’t keep heat as well as natural options.