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Washing a kingsize duvet in washing machine

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seabuckthorn Thu 20-Sep-12 21:41:54

Can I do this? It's an 8kg machine. I should just bite the bullet and get it dry cleaned shouldn't I?
I don't have a clue how much that would be.
We have one of those popper together duvets so would be paying for 2 duvets to be cleaned.

Sigh, advice please!

Launderette is the answer. You won't be able to do a kingsize at home.

I bin mine and buy new when it's been puked on

MrsShrek3 Thu 20-Sep-12 21:44:32

I tried. Also an 8kg machine. And broke the beltblush
Would've been cheaper just to take it to the laundrette. We have a good local with huge machines wherebit costs around £4 for a wash, a bit more if you want it tumble dried but I usually line dry it as their spin leaves it almost dry!

pumpkinsweetie Thu 20-Sep-12 21:46:32

I can't even get a single duvet in mine!!!
I personally wouldn't try it as it may cost you a new washing machine.
Either dry clean or buy a new one-whichever is cheapest grin

ggirl Thu 20-Sep-12 21:47:59

i didn't know you could wash duvets blush

seabuckthorn Thu 20-Sep-12 21:49:47

Ah a launderette is the answer then. You have scared me with the belt breaking story.
Need to blinking find a launderette now, off to google I go.
I don't have a garden so I would need it drying.
Do I want it washed or dry cleaned?

< disclaimer; I am heavily pregnant and very emotional today I apologise for the drama over a duvet!>

NatashaBee Thu 20-Sep-12 21:52:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsShrek3 Thu 20-Sep-12 21:55:52

We go for washing in nice smelling bio stuff in the huge laundrette machineswink

MrsShrek3 Thu 20-Sep-12 21:56:33

(disclaimer) I loathe dry cleaning!

Purplemonster Thu 20-Sep-12 21:58:13

Ooh you need the special 'designed to squeeze into a washing machine' duvet that my mother bought me for Christmas, sounds like you might have been more pleased with her purchase than I was!

Wigeon Thu 20-Sep-12 22:02:54

You need to go to a laundrette. Do your pillows and all the other duvets at the same time. About £5 for a big big machine there (although you'll need more than one if you do all your duvets and pillows).

I just did this for the first time since I was married, so that's at least 9 years ago and the novelty of a laundrette was quite fun!

seabuckthorn Thu 20-Sep-12 22:04:25

Although its not thick web spilt in two it is still quite big.
I don't know if dry cleaning or washing is the answer.
I want it clean and nice smelling and any germs to be gone.

I broke my WM doing this too and it was only one half of a popper together one, the bearings went. My nearest laundrette is about 20 miles away, so I take it to the dry cleaners but it costs about £13 every time. It does come back in a brand new reusable zip up bag every time, I alway return it in another bin liner so I am collecting their bags.

whatinthewhatnow Thu 20-Sep-12 22:26:08

I put mine in the washing machine and spent a terrifying hour mopping up the water that poured out of the powder drawer for the whole wash. luckily didn't break the machine, but next time, it's the launderette. I only did it for the first time in 10 years because ds spilt milk on it without telling us and about a week over the house smelled like a rat had shit itself and then died. It took ages to track it down. <boak>

whatinthewhatnow Thu 20-Sep-12 22:26:41

*week later. not over.

PigletJohn Fri 21-Sep-12 12:11:48

dry cleaning wil be so expensive you may as well buy a new one

Laundrette is the way to go, take your own powder and softener. Their soap and softener drawers are often very clogged, so if you are pernickety, take a paint-brush and jar of water to clean it.

Round here the laundrettes have their own water softeners, so you don't need much powder.

The coin-op drier will cost a fortune. If you pick a quiet, sunny day, take the duvet home and peg it out until it seems dry, then go back at a quiet time and use their drier for a final fluff-up.

MousyMouse Fri 21-Sep-12 12:20:09

don't use bio detergent if it is a feather/down filled duvet.
it will 'eat' the fibres.

OrangeHorraceTheGoldenOtter Fri 21-Sep-12 12:35:58

Washing is fine as long as an industrial drum. YY to non bio, if it's natural fibre. Even if you tumble dry, it will be a tiny bit damp if feather/down, so it will need to be aired for at least 12 hours after (this is what the merch trainer at House of Fraiser told me anyway, don't feel you have to, it might smell a tiny bit musty otherwise though)

seabuckthorn Fri 21-Sep-12 12:54:36

I'm going to the launderette once I've blInking found one!
Thanks for all the advice.
I'll update once I've found one.

Wigeon Fri 21-Sep-12 15:39:10

www.yell.com for finding your nearest laundrette.

Thumbwitch Fri 21-Sep-12 15:43:25

Wash it. Some duvets tell you not to dryclean as the filling can absorb the drycleaning fluid and become a fire hazard. Check the label on your duvet - bet it has the drycleaning symbol crossed out.

Laundrette, definitely. And pay the extra for the dryer - it's worth it.

PigletJohn Fri 21-Sep-12 17:04:06

IIRC, years and years and years ago a Scout leader was suffocated by the fumes after he'd had his sleeping bag dry-cleaned. I think the cleaners take enormous care now with duvets and sleeping bags, but I would still be much happier if it was washed.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 21-Sep-12 20:01:40

Even if you take it to a dry cleaners they simply send it away to their central depot places and wash them in industrial machines. No cleaners I ever worked in actually dry cleaned them in the solvent machines - far to dangerous for you to actually breathe in all night. Perchloroethylene is nasty stuff.

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