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    • divadee
    • By divadee 25th Jul 04, 2:07 AM
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    washing a duvet
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    • 25th Jul 04, 2:07 AM
    washing a duvet 25th Jul 04 at 2:07 AM
    Whats the best way to wash and dry a single duvet?

    I may sound a bit thick but should i tumble dry it or leave to dry naturally? Its a hollow-fibre one not a posh feather one.

    Thank you ;D
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  • kabie
    Re: washing a duvet
    I've heard that some dog shelters take old duvets; could phone and ask any local ones if they do.
    • gatita
    • By gatita 26th Mar 05, 12:18 AM
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    Washing Feather duvet
    I have the horrible suspicion I have made a BIG mistake by washing my feather duvet It is in the bath having a long soak lol......... will it be ready to just throw away......(hope not!) or can I salvage it? How I wish I had asked on here first:rolleyes:
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  • Widget
    I'm in a similar situation, mines too big to put in the washer, so I've no idea what to do with it, I will hold off putting it in the tub though!
    • Paul Varjak
    • By Paul Varjak 26th Mar 05, 1:41 AM
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    Some feather duvets can be washed - just look at the Care Label. Some feather duvets can also be tumble dried, albeit on a low setting; again look at the Care Label. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations.

    When tumble drying, put in a couple of tennis balls to 'fluff up' the filling.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 26th Mar 05, 7:54 AM
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    I'd take it to the laundrette. As it's already soaking, I'd squeeze as much water as I could from it and get down there early before the rush.
    You might want to put just a small amount of powder in the machine if you think the duvet's already a bit musty but not too much if you've put some in the bath.
    I think you have to dry items with feathers quickly so you probably need to make sure that it's completely dry before you bring it home as we can't guarantee that with our weather you'd be able to air it on the line!
    • gatita
    • By gatita 29th Mar 05, 1:26 PM
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    Just thought I would let you all know that the duvet survived thank goodness lol
    I let it drip in the garden to get as much water out as possible, then stuffed it in the tumble dryer!.............and finally onto the radiator, it is all nice and fluffy once more! the same with the feather pillows, they also came out fine.
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    • purplegirluk1
    • By purplegirluk1 2nd Oct 05, 12:44 PM
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    Washing and drying a duvet
    I have just changed the beds and decided that the duvets need cleaning. We have a 4.5tog king size duvet on our bed and usually use a blanket on top in winter. I don't really want to buy a new one as this one is just a bit dirty. Our washig machine is meant to take a duvet so I think I will be able to wash it ok but I am not sure about drying it.

    My mum thinks that if I put it in the TD it will break the machine and the label says that it should not be hung out to dry. What should I do? It wouldn't be very OS to juts go out and buy a new one and it would probably cosy just as much to take it to the cleaners. Anyone got any bright ideas?
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 2nd Oct 05, 12:57 PM
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    Most people use the big machines in the local laundrette. There are some threads in the Cleaning section of the MEGA Index sticky listed under bedding that should give you lots of help.
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    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 2nd Oct 05, 1:14 PM
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    I think you will find that a king size duvet will be too big for your machine Evenif you manage to crush it in, then there probably won't be enough room for the duvet to tumble around and get clean. Depending on how expensive your duvet is, I would either take it to the launderette or buy a new one. You could always buy a thicker one for winter and keep this one for summer
  • mandirinmonroe
    washing and drying duvet
    Hi, I usually wash my king size duvet in the bath and hang it on the line to dry and it is fine. But you have to make sure u get all the washing powder out of it. but it always smells nice and fresh.
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    • mountainofdebt
    • By mountainofdebt 2nd Oct 05, 1:37 PM
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    Not very money saving I know but I got mine cleaned by a local firm who collected it, washed and cleaned it and delivered it when convenient to me.

    It came up lovely and fresh and cheaper than buying a new one.
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    • Nile
    • By Nile 2nd Oct 05, 2:00 PM
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    We take ours to the launderette, put it through two wash cycles using Ariel Biological powder then tumble dry. This is always done in the summer, chosing a warm weather that the duvet can be aired on the washing line after the launderette visit.

    We have a cheap (synthetic) light duvet to put on the bed in the summer months, then change to the better quality down duvet for the winter months.
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    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 2nd Oct 05, 2:15 PM
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    Yes, OH (who used to be a domestic appliance engineer) says definately DON'T put it in a domestic washing machine. You can use a commercial one.

    It is worth doing the maths as well - you can sometimes buy a new light duvet for not much more than the cost of washing and tumble-drying one - not very ecological though....
  • Lucie
    Both my summer (synthetic) & winter (feather/down) duvets say wash in commercial machines on the labels. I have successfully washed our old feather double duvet in my machine & dried it on the landing draped over the bannister. However I wasn't too fussed if it ruined it cos it's about 15 years old & resides on the spare bed.
    • purplegirluk1
    • By purplegirluk1 2nd Oct 05, 4:28 PM
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    I know it will fit in the washer as its smaller than a load of washing, I was just worried about drying it. I have been thinking that I might see if I can buy a new one tomorrow now, i'm going to the doctors anyway so I will be in town. It could work out cheaper to buy a new one and I don't think I could go to a laundrette as I don't and couldn't carry it on my own their and back. Thanks for all the tips!
    • Kimberley
    • By Kimberley 2nd Oct 05, 5:11 PM
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    I Have 3 kids so as i have 3 single duvets and my king size duvet to wash all together so i take mine to the dry cleaners and they give me a discount for all 4. I get them done every 3 months. It works out a little cheaper then going to a launderette.
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  • Kippsy
    I took my winter duvet to the cleaners and I think it was about 10 quid which is cheaper than a new one, I have a light weight coton one for the summer and I would put that in my own machine but only because it such a thin cotton quilt and wan't very expensive.... Like the idea of a bulk discount at the dry cleaners, at ours they have a kind of loyalty stamp card thing... so many cleans, get one free!

    Might not be too money saving but it is nice to have it clean.
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    • loracan1
    • By loracan1 2nd Oct 05, 10:58 PM
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    I have a 4.5 for summer and a thicker one for winter and wash them both in the bath when I change them over. Like treading grapes really, just need lots of rinsing with the shower. I usually manage to sling it over the rotary airer in the back yard to dry (over the whole thing so it's flattish). I won't use the tumble drier again cos even though the 4.5 would fit in it, the cover on the last one I had started melting.
    Last edited by loracan1; 02-10-2005 at 11:01 PM.
  • lady_noluck
    I'm having the same dilemma. My King size needs washing but i'm reluctant to take it to the laundrette as last time I did that it came back with large brown stains all over it. I think the girl put it in the tumble drier and burnt it.
    It's a bit too wet to hang out to dry but I don't really want to buy a new one.
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    • purplegirluk1
    • By purplegirluk1 3rd Oct 05, 2:40 PM
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    I've been and bought a new one today! I decided that it would cost too much in money and effort for me to get to a laundrette and back so I popped into town after the doc's and bought a kingsize 13.5 tog for 12!!!!! It came from B-wise and is pretty good. It is hollow fibre and has a protected layer so it isn't soft like a cotton duvet but it feel really nice in the duvet cover and looks much nicer than the old one. Its better to buy new ones every now and again anyway because of the dust mites, yuck!

    Think I might give the old one a wash now as it doesn't matter if it goes wrong, then atleast I will have a spare!
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