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Do you wash duvets?

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babyblabber Wed 02-Nov-16 20:20:43

I just washed our summer duvet and it got torn and some of the inside all fell out. So now I'll have to die up the huge rip or buy a new one.

Followed the guide, washed at 40 degrees. We've a new washer dryer so don't know if that's why (didn't tumble dry it obviously).

How do you wash yours?

e1y1 Wed 02-Nov-16 21:29:42

I haven't washed them at home, as I have 2 superking duvets and they're microfibre cluster (so they're very chunky) don't even think they would have fit in my 12kg washer when I had it.

It may not have been the temperature you washed at that caused the issue, but the spin speed may have been too high.

Although, advice that is often given is not to bother washing duvets in your home washer. Because even if the duvet says it can be washed, and even if it fits in your machine, your home washer will not do as thorough job as professional cleaning will. It is also running the risk of ruining the duvet (as you have experienced) or worse, wrecking your machine.

sycamore54321 Wed 02-Nov-16 22:48:24

I wash duvets about three times a year for those in daily use and once a year for the guest room. I've never had a problem with them ripping and some are over ten years old. They are a real mix of expensive real down ones, mid-range IKEA and the cheapest polyester from Primark. I've even tumbled dried them without incident when a promised sunny spell turned into days of downpour. I usually do the quick cycle so 40 degrees and 800 spin. No idea why you had misfortune with yours, just sounds like maybe bad luck? Is the drum in a washer-dryer a different size than a standard washer - maybe this might have had an effect?

Repairing the rip doesn't sound too tough as you won't need to be bothered with smooth, even stitches once it is covered, good strong thread and an enthusiastic rather than a refined sewing job is what is called for here I think! What happened to all your stuffing though, did it scatter all over the washing machine? That to me would be way more annoying than the rip.

OhFuds Wed 02-Nov-16 22:50:57

My DS is a bedwetter so I regularly wash his duvet at 60. His ones are just cheap from Sainsburys/Morrisons and wash fine.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Thu 03-Nov-16 15:07:11

I don't wash them myself - machine and dryer couldn't possibly cope with king and super king. We only have one single bed now, but I wouldn't even want to put that duvet in the machine - ours are all down or feather and down and must weigh a ton when wet.
Once a year I take them to the dry cleaner's to be washed.
In any case, down and feathers need to be tumble dried and our dryer wouldn't be nearly big enough.
I do wash and dry down/feather pillows, though - just one at a time.

NannyR Thu 03-Nov-16 15:11:15

I've never washed a duvet.(disclaimer- it's never been wee-ed or vomited on etc)
I have a wool duvet and the wool is supposed to be naturally anti bacterial/anti dust mite.

shovetheholly Thu 03-Nov-16 18:08:11

Yes, absolutely - I use a thin duvet and a blanket (or two thin duvets that can be clipped together) for this reason. I do it before I go away so it is left out for several days to ensure it's absolutely dry. It gets washed 3-4 times a year.

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