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Quilt cleaning if it won't fit in washing machine

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Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 16:26:36

We have 3 double quilts
They need washing but we can't afford to dry clean them all (and no where local that does dry cleaning anyway)
Is stomping on them in the bath a reasonable method? smile
Using hand wash?

Mrsraypurchase Wed 20-Jul-16 16:37:27

It's got to be a laundrette service wash I fear.

AnthonyPandy Wed 20-Jul-16 16:38:36

Or a do it yourself laundrette wash which is cheaper than a service wash.

HeyMacWey Wed 20-Jul-16 16:40:21

Can you do them one at a time in the washing machine then take them to the laundrette to tumble dry?

Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 16:48:12

No they won't fit at all sad

Just5minswithDacre Wed 20-Jul-16 16:52:41

A couple of hours alone in the launderette with a book is heaven.

Make it easier by taking the duvets in a wheeled suitcase and taking a few liquor abs in a sandwich bag smile

Just5minswithDacre Wed 20-Jul-16 16:53:36

A few what autocorrect?!

Should be 'liquitabs' grin

Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 16:55:19

I had visions of me swigging out of a brown bottle!!
Might have to dry clean one at a time

Just5minswithDacre Wed 20-Jul-16 17:04:06


theconstantinoplegardener Wed 20-Jul-16 17:14:11

I don't think you're supposed to dry clean quilts and duvets. The dry cleaning process involves various solvents and because quilts and duvets are bulky, they retain the solvents more than normal clothes do and you will potentially be breathing them in all night, which isn't good for you.

The launderette works quite well - commercial washing machines are usually much quicker than domestic ones (about 30 mins at my local one). The dryers take a bit longer, but on a hot sunny day you can dry it on the washing line if you have one (mine is out there as I write!). They do have to be dried completely though, to avoid mildew.

If you do go to a launderette, take lots of pound coins and fifties. My local costs £10 for the duvet washing machine and it only accepts £1 coins for the washer and fifties for the dryer.

PigletJohn Wed 20-Jul-16 18:35:29

the driers in the laundrette work out very expensive.

I'd say put it on the line until you think it is fully dry (will take at least a day) and take it back to the laundrette to be fluffed up right through. It is hard to get a thick duvet fully dry to the middle.

MrsHathaway Wed 20-Jul-16 18:37:24

How big is your machine?

Mine is 7kg and fits a superking with a little persuasion. The duvet itself weighs less than 7kg and is spread evenly through the drum so I'm not worried about the mechanism. Once it has spun it takes up about 10% of the volume!

MrsHathaway Wed 20-Jul-16 18:38:28

Like, you have to really ram it in <ooer matron> but I know I'm just pushing the air out.

Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 20:11:13

I think it's 6kg

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Wed 20-Jul-16 20:15:48

Take it to a launderette. Cost me £10.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Wed 20-Jul-16 20:16:28

And that was a service wash with a drying included. Would have been less if Id washed it myself.

NicknameUsed Wed 20-Jul-16 20:17:19

Don't dry clean them. You need to find a laundrette as they have large machines that are capable of washing large items like duvets.

Sgtmajormummy Wed 20-Jul-16 20:23:21

With the nice weather, could you put them on the washing line, spray with soapy water from a bottle, then hosepipe it through? If they're synthetic duvets, they should drip dry in a day especially if it's breezy.

BUT I think making a trip with all 3 duvets to a laundrette would be worth the effort.

Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 20:28:05

Right...need to find a launderette! I won't take booze 😀
Thanks everyone

toadgirl Wed 20-Jul-16 20:31:01

I read thread title as QUIT cleaning if it won't fit in machine.

Which is also acceptable, I think grin

0hCrepe Wed 20-Jul-16 20:35:55

Depending on the quality, they're not that expensive to buy.

MrsHathaway Wed 20-Jul-16 20:38:22

Well, I reckon with a bit of elbow grease you'd get a double in a 6kg machine, but it will definitely be easier in a launderette top-loader.

Badders123 Wed 20-Jul-16 20:39:26

They are John Lewis ones and are lovely smile
They are synthetic though I'm sure.

MrsHathaway Wed 20-Jul-16 20:40:47

Synthetic means you can use biological washing powder. If feather, must use non-bio. Bio eats feathers.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 20-Jul-16 20:42:02

Thing about stuffing a duvet into a too- small washer is that (a) it won't wash it very well and (b) it won't do your washing machine much good. So it's likely to be false economy to try it.

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