When the weather heats up, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to put away your heavy, winter comforter for the season.
But don’t just fold up your comforter and stick it in the back of the closet. It’s important to follow a few best practices so your comforter remains fluffy and fresh for years to come.
Here are four important steps for doing just that.
Wash Your Comforter
The first step is to clean your comforter, but only if it is dirty. Over-washing comforters, especially those of the down variety, can harm the filling.
If your comforter is dirty, cleaning it before storing is imperative. Food residue, dead skin cells, and oils can attract bugs and cause unwanted discoloration and odors to grow during storage.
If you own a down comforter, you will most likely need to have it professionally cleaned. This is your best option for ensuring that the down isn’t harmed in any way.
If your comforter is filled with down alternative, it is possible to wash at home. Just make sure to follow the instructions to the letter.
Make Sure Your Comforter Is Dry
If you do wash your comforter, make sure it is completely dry before storing. Putting away a comforter while it is even slightly damp can cause mold or mildew to form.
If you had your comforter professionally cleaned or if you cleaned it at home, feel all around your comforter for any wet spots. If you find any, don’t store the comforter until it’s completely dry.
If you have a down comforter, avoid air-drying it, as this can lead to the formation of mold and mildew. If your comforter is filled with own alternative, you may let it air-dry or run it through another cycle in a large-capacity dryer.
Put Your Comforter In A Breathable Bag
To help protect it from bugs and dirt, put your comforter in a linen, breathable bag. This helps you deny bugs access to the comforter while still letting air flow through it (which helps prevent mold and mildew). Don’t have a linen bag on hand? You can also wrap your comforter in a linen sheet.
If you have a down comforter, do not put it in a plastic bag. This can also cause mold and mildew to form. If you have a down alternative, it is okay to put it in a plastic bag or even vacuum seal it for protection.
Store In A Cool, Dry Place
Once you have wrapped your comforter in a linen bag or sheet, find a cool, dry spot to store it. You don’t want your comforter soaking up humidity, because that can encourage mold and mildew growth.
You also want to keep the comforter off the ground and away from pesky insects. A linen closet or armoire would be ideal for your comforter.
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Also, make sure you don’t store anything on top of your comforter. This can crush the down filling, making it lose its fluffiness. If you are going to store the comforter with other items, make sure it is on top.
In the end, it’s all about keeping your comforter cool and dry with room to breathe. Mold and mildew are your enemies here, but they are easy to avoid if you follow these steps.
When it gets cold again, your comforter will be fresh, fluffy, and ready for use.
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