4 Tips For Storing Your Comforter

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Overall

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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Marten Carlson

Marten is a staff writer for Mattress Clarity News. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health.Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University.He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.

3 thoughts on “4 Tips For Storing Your Comforter”

  1. Do you have to fold a goose down comforter or can you punch it into a breathable bag like the way a sleeping bag is put away?

    • Hi Claire!

      It really is best to fold the comforter. That way you keep the goose down fill from getting too bunched up. You want to make sure you keep that evenly distributed.

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