King size duvet - replace or wash (and how)?

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Do you wash your king size duvet or replace it regularly? I can't fit ours in our washing machine I think but it looks a bit grimy. Don't fancy having it cleaned and then inhaling chemicals all night but can't afford a new one on a regular basis. Just wondered if anyone had any ideas?

Mintyy Sat 01-Dec-12 17:23:42

Wash it in an extra large machine at the launderette.

Shellywelly1973 Sat 01-Dec-12 17:26:49

My King size duvet cost a fortune...launderette in extra large machine& tumble dry afterwards, as its goose feathers.

Believe it or not, no launderettes any where near me!

ImperialSantaKnickers Sat 01-Dec-12 18:08:12

Oh dear, launderette extra large machine and tumble was my thought too...

Do you ever go shopping to a bigger town, could you get it service washed and dried while you're retail-therapying?

Mum2Fergus Sat 01-Dec-12 18:34:07

I had mine done at dry cleaners before...came out fine smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 01-Dec-12 19:22:08

You shouldnt really use a dry cleaners for duvets as the chemicals can linger. Plus our local one quoted me £30!.

I take ours to the local service wash place, they charge me £15 to wash it in proper bio powder.

They call it the beast as it's a king size but it's a White Company man made fibre one and it wont fit into any of their duvet bags. They always ask if it's a superking so maybe they think I'm scamming them.

It cost me over £100 6 years ago so I'm not chucking it out, also it's 13.5 tog and they only go up to 10.5 now. sad

Thanks. There is a place nearby that does service washes so will ask if they can do it. Mine is a John Lewis 12 tog one and really warm so don't want to replace it with a cheaper one.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 02-Dec-12 10:54:07

Dry cleaners don't actually dry clean them, the risks of solvents are well known. They just wash and dry them in their big machines. I have a summer and a winter one, each goes there at the end of it's season. Costs about £15, but there's no laundrette for about 20 miles and I used to do it in my own WM but I think that might be why the bearings went.

I HAD my ds duvet dry cleaned and it was hugely expensive
so took our kingsize to launderette. but only once in its life

homeaway Sun 02-Dec-12 14:10:19

I agree with who knows that dry cleaners dont dry clean them they wash them but they are more expensive than a laundrette.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Dec-12 14:18:28

Our local drycleaner wanted £30 to do my duvet, the local service wash was half that.

EIizaDay Sun 02-Dec-12 14:21:15

I used to buy duvets in IKEA or Asda for about a tenner each and then replace them after a couple of years. Live abroad now but is that not still do-able?

freddybanana Mon 03-Dec-12 09:34:51

Service wash at launderette costs me about £10. It's worth it.

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Dec-12 09:49:45

I got an ASDA basics king size duvet for about £12. It's as warm as toast, so thick it hardly goes in the duvet cover and is so light it feels like sleeping in a cloud.

BalloonSlayer do you know how many tog the Asda duvet has?

SilverSixpence Mon 03-Dec-12 10:05:08

Just wondering what you can do with the old one if it's still decent as we want to change ours - can it be donated somewhere?

OnTheBottomWithAStringOfTinsel Mon 03-Dec-12 10:07:38

Maybe try a homeless charity - I see the people on the street round here sometimes have duvets.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Mon 03-Dec-12 10:27:18

I had a Tesco value £10 king size, it lasted over 3 years of harsh newborn - potty training life and I've just bought a sainsburys 10.5 tog basics one for £12ish. It's beautiful!

Poledra Mon 03-Dec-12 10:35:16

Re getting rid of old duvets - there is a animal rescue place near us that will take old duvets for dog bedding.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 03-Dec-12 11:34:24

Dry cleaners don't actually dry clean them in their solvent machines you know! They get sent away to be wet washed in large capacity washing machines. But it costs much more than in a laundrette.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 03-Dec-12 11:35:09

Whoops, cross posts with WhoKnows - shouldn't skim read!

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Dec-12 11:45:57

It's 13.5, sun This one - cheaper than I thought.

I am not sure how long they last. Our one is no longer so outstandingly thick as it was. But still lovely and I can't believe I hung on to the old smelly one for so long.

I've been replacing the DCs' ones for winter. The single ones are just over a fiver.

DH has his 13.5 tog from Asda for a couple of years. And still feels heavy when I change it.

But as they are only £5/£6 you can get a new one each year or so.

CrazyOldMare Sun 23-Dec-12 21:56:18

Get two duvets, the second can be a cheap one, then when in town drop off soiled one in laundrette for service wash (£10 round here) & pick up when next in town. Cheaper & more ecological than to chuck & buy new.

Ponders Sun 23-Dec-12 22:00:39

we donated some single duvets to local RSPCA shelter, but they won't take larger ones because they don't fit in their machine grin

OP, search on yell.com for laundry services in your area.

Viviennemary Mon 24-Dec-12 12:20:05

I've taken one to the laundrette and that works fine. They have a special huge washing machine. Wouldn't like dry cleaning either. If it's tatty I'd replace it but if it only needs to be washed then laundrette is best option. Also John Lewis usually has some really good quality duvets in their sale reduced by a lot.

Ponders Mon 24-Dec-12 20:26:10

OP hasn't got a laundrette nearby though

suburbophobe Mon 24-Dec-12 22:48:57

That Asda one (link) doesn't even mention if it is down or synthetic.

At that price it has to be synthetic....

Which I don't want!

I was looking at the Ikea site for a new duvet, down are much more expensive (but natural).

MinimalistMommi Tue 25-Dec-12 12:36:48

These king size duvet fits in a domestic home washing machine, it's a 9 tog duvet but the same company do an all seasons version too.
www.finebedding.co.uk/product/spundown-tog-duvet/

SantasBigRedHat Wed 26-Dec-12 08:56:36

I have Next kingsize microfibre winter duvet, and it fits into my 8kg washing machine. And it is advertised as being able to washed at home. I just fold and roll it up.

We all have a winter duvet and a summer duvet, and a couple of spare singles in case anyone is poorly etc.

Mine get washed after being used for a season before they get stored.

BoffinMum Fri 28-Dec-12 20:14:10

Wait until the hot weather and wash it outside in a paddling pool with your feet, peasant style, before rinsing with a hose pipe and wringing it out (you'll need a friend to help), and hanging it over a washing line to drip dry all day.

baahhumbug Sun 30-Dec-12 22:22:22

(sunmoonstarstoo here - name changed)

The duvet from Fine Bedding looks good, may have to buya new one. Our current one is 13 roof I think so doubt I'll get it in my washing machine even though it's a 8 kg machine. Might try it after buying a new one.

baahhumbug Sun 30-Dec-12 22:24:15

Ponders, I've searched on yell for laundry services in the area, there are none.

sportyme Tue 01-Jan-13 11:00:54

Hollowfibre 13.5 tog quilts are not that expensive, are machine washable, and a well made one will last for years. Make sure though that it has a polycotton cover on it, rather then the cheap polyamide something cover (I bought that one by mistake) as it is awful. Try this place for decent priced duvets. Homespacedirect.com

baahhumbug Tue 01-Jan-13 11:28:30

Thanks sportyme. Have you ordered from there? I can't find any mention of what the cover is made of and I also dislike those horrid synthetic covers, prefer polycotton.

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