How to freshen up a comforter in a small washing machine?
By Amy Mitchelle/ Last Updated: May 10
Washing a comforter is not an easy task, but it can be solved, especially if you have such an important and powerful assistant as a washing machine. Some are afraid to use it for washing large textile attributes (comforters, bed-linen, plaids). However, even modern small washing machines allow you to wash blankets with sufficient quality. The main thing is to follow several important rules that we will talk about later in this article. Using any portable washer machine model correctly, one may achieve an excellent result by getting a clean and fresh comforter.
Preparing the comforter before washing
Before loading the comforter into the tank of your washing machine, you should spend some time on this procedure preparing. To begin with, it is essential to make sure whether a particular model of a washing machine is suitable for washing such a bulky, volumetric item. Do not start the washing process without first making sure that the drum is large enough.
If you cannot visually determine whether the machine is suitable for washing the comforter, load it into the drum. It is optimal if there is still some free space inside it. But in any case, do not try to load the drum completely by adding other clothes. Thus, you will only reduce the quality of the wash process and risk ruining the comforter.
Another no less important nuance concerns the information displayed on the care label. It standardly presents on any clothes and other textile items, including blankets. Such a tag always contains important information, including the recommended temperature regime, permissibility and degree of spin intensity, and other valuable tips. Please note that if this label has a mark about compulsory dry cleaning, it is better to heed this recommendation and not risk washing the product in the washing machine.
It is also important to ensure that there are no serious stains and all the seams are intact before washing your comforter in the washing machine. If dirt is found, wipe the area with soap or a special bleaching stick. If you notice that one or more of the seams of the comforter fail, be sure to fix this problem strictly before washing; otherwise, you risk getting the product breakage. Stirring the comforter, washing, and spinning it will contribute to an even greater rupture of the seam and the product damaging.
Choosing the correct washing mode
Now when all the problems have been eliminated (the stains are washed off, and all the seams are intact), you can start loading the comforter into the drum of the washing machine, adding the required amount of detergent and choosing the optimal washing mode. Try to give preference to a delicate or gentle wash mode. If you are washing a duvet, select a particular duvet wash cycle (it usually presents on most modern washing machines).
When it comes to dry powder, the proven efficiency of liquid detergents is worth noting. They ideally wash any materials, quickly penetrate into the fabric’s pores, and similarly easily rinse out after a successful wash, leaving a light, utterly unobtrusive scent on the fabric. In order to save the comforter’s volume, you can put several tennis balls in the drum of the washing machine. They will help the appliance to whip up the blanket, preventing it from getting bunched up and crumpled strongly. Also, prefer low foaming detergents. This will help you rinse your garment as efficiently as possible. This nuance is extremely important for allergy sufferers and families with small children. Blemish remaining in the comforter’s fabric can easily provoke various allergic reactions, so be extremely careful.
Can one use whitening products for comforters washing? Yes, if it is made of light shade or white fabric and you want to freshen up its color. To do this, you can soak the blanket for 5 minutes just before washing (in the bathroom or a separate basin). But first, be sure to check the information offered on the product’s label (some comforters cannot be treated with bleaching detergents). Avoid high speed when spinning the product. Ideally, select the spin with minimum power, or single rinse (natural drying of the product).
A tiny secret in the end. Washing any comforter is a troublesome and challenging task. It should be done as rarely as possible. But how to reduce the frequency of washing cycles? It’s simple enough – use a protective duvet cover that will keep your comforter clean for a longer period of time. Agree that it is easier and faster to wash the outside cover than the comforter itself.
Washing your comforter can be an easy and enjoyable process, especially if a modern washing machine helps you. Make sure its tank is spacious enough, choose the correct wash cycle, and use mild, non-corrosive, low-foaming liquid detergents. Observing these simple and obvious rules, you can wash any comforter expecting high-quality results.
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