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How DOES one iron a double duvet cover?

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MotherMucca Fri 03-Jun-11 01:31:22

I'm a slattern, despite my grandma's best efforts. I am my mother's daughter.

I rarely iron, unless absolutely necessary.

I recently bought a posh duvet cover, which requires ironing. I fold it in half and spray starch the hell out of it. Results are ok...

Am I missing a top secret?

Thanks in anticipation.

BooyHoo Fri 03-Jun-11 01:35:20

slowly smile

thumbwitch Fri 03-Jun-11 01:37:06

this one doesn't. It gets washed and hung out to dry on the line, then folded carefully and bunged in the cupboard.

Have you gone and bought 500 thread pi Egyptian Cotton or something mad?

MotherMucca Fri 03-Jun-11 01:57:26

It's a cheapskate 'Designer at Debenhams'...

I had a tax rebate and wanted summat nice. Nicer than IKEA nice. Didn't anticipate the fucking ironing of it, though!

BooyHoo Fri 03-Jun-11 02:05:52

i splashed out a couple of years ago and bought a duvet set from the 'kylie' raneg at (i think) Debenhams.

it has fucking sequins!! angry

not only is it a nightmare to iron but teh sequins on teh pillow scratch teh fuck out of my hand when i sleep.

tomhardyismydh Fri 03-Jun-11 02:18:10

I dont iron duvet covers, wash dry and fold.

also I turn the sequence side down when sleeping and turn back whenI rarely make the bed. this also masks the hair dye on the pillow problem.

BlooCowWonders Fri 03-Jun-11 07:47:12

Fold it into thirds, ironing the middle third last.

Only done here on high days and holidays, but it worked!

milkand2sugars Fri 03-Jun-11 10:08:33

I've never ironed a duvet cover in my life...don't let my mum hear that she irons everything including socks and tea towels!

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 03-Jun-11 10:10:16

One doesn't. One shakes it, folds it and keeps the bedroom dimly lit. Voila, hours of your life back to do interesting things.

MotherMucca Fri 03-Jun-11 10:15:11

As a girl, my grandma tried to teach me the ironing.

It was going ok until I asked her why her knickers were so big.

Thanks for advice. One will have to buy a dark-coloured one, which requires fewer washings in future.

JunoWatt Fri 03-Jun-11 10:18:31


Buda Fri 03-Jun-11 10:23:35

Ask the cleaner to do it. She does mine!

Moving back to UK in 5 weeks so that will be stopping!

BooyHoo Fri 03-Jun-11 12:35:39

dont buy a dark coloured one if you have two white cats and a golden retriever hmm

springbokscantjump Fri 03-Jun-11 12:41:04

Take out of tumbledrier straight away and fold.

katieconundrum Fri 03-Jun-11 12:58:11

I don't normally iron duvets but if desperate..... put the cover on the duvet on the bed, plug iron in to nearest plug ( extension lead may be required!) and iron whilst it is on the bed!

scaredoflove Fri 03-Jun-11 13:19:49

fold in half, top to top, pattern side up- spray a little starch - iron both sides

Sit down and have a small glass of something nice

refold in half, side to side, pattern in side - spray a little starch - iron both sides

Sit down and have a small glass of something nice

refold top to top again, pattern side up - quickly iron both sides again

Sit down and have a small glass of something nice

Iron the the pillow cases

Sit down and have a small glass of something nice

do this to a favourite tv show, my show of choice is casualty or a good crime drama

Shower, shave legs

Sit down and have a small glass of something nice

Lovely smooth duvet cover and lovely bed!

MotherMucca Fri 03-Jun-11 13:34:54

Thanks everyone!

No tumble drier though. Katie do you really, really do that?? Made me snigger at the thought.

Oh I'll just get rid of the pets Boo wink

Of course, Scared has the bestest suggestion. Clean crisp bed and suitably sozzled ready for sleeping.

Buda I am the blummin' cleaner.

whiskyplease Sat 04-Jun-11 08:53:49

It's against the law to iron any bedding.

wonderinglonely Sun 05-Jun-11 14:48:25

service wash/iron at launderette is the answer I have found, together with a lower maintenance spare duvet cover. Otherwise, don't iron it.

CeliaFate Mon 06-Jun-11 14:10:58

Tumble dry it, shake it, fold it and put it away or straight back onto the bed while warm. Ironing is too good for the buggers!

MrsTwinks Mon 06-Jun-11 17:12:25

i don't iron the cover, but if its very creased after drying (like if its dryed on the airer not on the line) I hang it over the shower rail and steam it a bit. Works for me

sunshinenanny Mon 06-Jun-11 22:46:23

I only buy reallly good quality cotton bedding (usually in sales) and they iron much better than cheap low thread count ones.

It does help if you don't have the spin cycle too high and line dry. Fold when you take it off the line and iron as soon as possible. The ironing is not just about looks it's that heavenly feel of a freshly laundered good quality sheer bliss.

scared; I love your style of ironing. Something good on the TV and a nice glass of winewine sounds great to me! and Katie I too have been known to iron bedding on the bed.

And Ladies! one last tip: Invest in an ironing generator It does the work in half the time, you can even iron clothes on the hanger if needed grin and for conventional ironing make sure there is enough padding on the ironing board Life's too short to waste time with crappy ironing equipment grin

My life isn't really as sad as it sounds! wink

nomorecake Mon 06-Jun-11 23:24:13

get a nice throw to put over the top?

Or...low spin, firm shake when putting on the line, make sure its stretched out fully across the line, when dry fold neatly.
breezy weather is ideal for getting creases out of our bedding.

i do that for everything and only need to quick iron work clothes.

strawberryjelly Tue 07-Jun-11 09:05:37

I iron them by folding in half and iron on one side , turn over and do the other side.- This works even with a king size.

Agree that line drying is best and iron as soon as possible.
recently bought a new iron where the steam actually works and found it's much quicker.

Don't bother ironing sheets and all my bedding is 100% egytian cotton.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 08-Jun-11 07:38:27

I fold it in half and iron both sides that way too, plus I drip dry them in the summer. I iron it on a towel over the breakfast bar.

I hated ironing till I got my extra wide ironing board and pressurised (sp?) steam generator iron.

I can't believe so many people don't iron them I was made to feel a right slattern when I first met dh because I didn't do it.

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