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Washing and caring for duvets and pillows

How do I wash and dry duvets and pillows properly? How often should I wash them and which detergent should I use? You can enjoy hygienically clean bedding with our care instructions.

Bedding has a big role to play in ensuring a pleasant, dry sleeping environment, not least because our bodies secrete up to half a litre of sweat, which the duvet and pillows must absorb. Skin particles, bacteria and house-dust mites also find their way through to the duvet and pillows. That is why bedding should be regularly washed and dry cleaned – at least twice a year, ideally as the seasons change. Yet not every household has a sufficiently large washing machine or dryer. In the case of feather/down duvets, however, both are important for ensuring that the stuffing is not damaged and the feathers do not clump together. Washable pillows and duvets should therefore always be washed individually with no other laundry in the drum. A mild detergent should be used, because normal detergent may damage the sensitive down feathers. You can also wash down duvets using certain wool detergents or special down detergents.

Top care tips for duvets, pillows and a healthy sleeping environment

  1. Air duvets daily. Avoid strong sunlight as well as mist and rain. 
  2. Shake feather/down duvets daily – this prevents the stuffing from clumping together.
  3. Do not beat or vacuum your duvet – this will shorten its useful life.
  4. Store bedding in a well-ventilated place – do not keep it in damp rooms.
  5. Change the bed linen every two weeks – or more often if you perspire heavily.

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Duvets, pillows and bed linen should ideally be washed at 60 degrees if you suffer from allergies. This kills house-dust mites. Some bedding, however, can only be washed at 30 or 40 degrees. Before washing duvets and pillows yourself, check the instructions on the care label. The washing symbols tell you the maximum temperature at which the bedding can be washed or whether it needs to be taken to the dry cleaners.

The simple solution: whether synthetic fibre, cotton or down/feather, give all of your bedding to Persil Service for cleaning. We provide a professional, gentle cleaning service and within just a few workdays you can snuggle back down under fresh duvets.

If you are also interested in finding out the difference between exotic-sounding types of bed linen such as seersucker, maco satin and percale, then you can read more on the subject here:

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