A duvet is a type of blanket for a bed. It’s made like a large bag, usually of good quality, high-thread-count cotton, and filled with feathers, down, silk, wool, or polyfill. A duvet takes the place of a sheet and blanket, all in one piece. If you are allergic to feathers or down, then you should choose a hypoallergenic material like polyfill. In this article, we have rounded up a list of ways to properly care for your duvet.

A duvet cover is like a large pillowcase for a duvet. The duvet fits inside the cover which buttons or zips closed at one end. Some duvet covers are basic and plain-looking, made from fabric like a sheet. Some duvet covers are made from decorative fabrics to complete the bedroom decor. You can buy one that is as simple or decorative as you want. A duvet cover is a relatively inexpensive way to change the look of your room without investing in a new blanket.

General Care

Shake and fluff your duvet every morning after use. This will help to keep the feathers or other fill evenly distributed. If you keep a duvet cover on the duvet, you’ll rarely need to clean the duvet itself. You should wash the cover as often as you change your sheets. 

Properly Care for Your Duvet –  Cotton Duvet

Your cotton duvet can also be washed in your machine on a cool, gentle cycle. Use a small amount of liquid detergent taking care that you do not use any bleach or whitening agent. Tumble dry on a cool setting. Before the duvet is completely dry take it out of the dryer and hang to complete the drying process. Make sure you turn it over so that both sides dry properly.

Properly Care for Your Duvet –  Synthetic Fiber Duvet

Your synthetic duvets can be hand or machine washed. Place the duvet into a large machine with a small amount of mild liquid washing detergent and wash on a warm, gentle cycle so as not to stress the seams. The duvet can be dried in a tumble-dryer on a low heat, take it out of the dryer and shake a few times during the cycle. Use dryer balls (or clean tennis balls in a pillow case) to help beat the duvet as it dries, this prevents lumps forming.

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