With the arrival of the colder season, we are putting feather-filled blankets back into use, as well as pillows, feather-filled jackets and the like. They are warm and very comfortable, but the real challenge arises when we need to wash them.
Feathers themselves are a delicate material that is sensitive to high temperatures as well as too much washing in the washing machine, so we must pay extra attention to it.
HOW TO WASH DOWN PILLOWS AND COVERS?
Washing feather duvets and pillows is recommended twice a year at low temperatures with a minimum of liquid detergent, with plenty of space in the drum and plenty of water.
As for the covers themselves, we take them off and wash them at slightly higher temperatures. It is important that we really provide enough space in the whole process so that the feathers do not clump and so that they remain airy after washing.
DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER
It is very important to note that in the process of washing feather jackets, pillows, quilts or anything that contains feathers, we do not use fabric softener.
It is very greasy in its chemical composition and causes the feathers to clump and stick together, which will cause us problems in the drying process because we will not be able to achieve the breathability of the material itself as before washing.
ON WHAT TEMPERATURE TO DRY DOWN FILLED GARMENTS?
When drying our feathered materials, it is recommended to put them in the dryer at a medium temperature which should be a maximum of 50 degrees.
For winter jackets, which are layered thicker or have a waterproof layer inside, it is important to put them in the dryer themselves to provide them with enough space for proper and even drying.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU DRY DOWN COVERS?
Thorough drying of feathers at a safe and medium temperature takes about 5 hours to make sure that it is dry on the inside as well.
If you have a larger quilt or jacket that is thicker and has a waterproof layer in it, we definitely recommend taking them to the laundry, because you are so sure that they are properly and thoroughly dried, but also washed in a larger professional washing machine.