How to Wash and Clean Heavy Winter Bedding

Washing Comforters, Blankets and Flannel Sheets

How to Wash Winter Bedding
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Nothing feels better in the winter than a warm, cozy bed. But winter bedding often needs a bit more special care than lighter weight summer sheets and bedding to keep it soft and snuggly. 

Big Bedding Needs Big Washers & Dryers

Unless you have purchased commercial-sized appliances, most household washers and dryers aren't adequately sized to accommodate something like a thick, winter weight queen-size comforter.

For better and faster cleaning results and with less strain on your home appliances, pack up your heavy, big linens and head to a coin laundry. Commercial-grade washers and dryers can handle up to 75 pounds of laundry. 

Check the care labels on your bedding for cleaning instructions. If the bedding is washable, a coin laundry is much less expensive than taking the items to a dry cleaner.

The Low Down On Cleaning Down

Contrary to popular belief, most down comforters and feather pillows can be washed at home or at a coin laundry. Be sure to read the care instructions and always use a mild detergent. When drying, put some wool dryer balls or clean tennis balls in the dryer to help fluff the down and keep it from clumping.

To keep down pillows and comforters looking and smelling their best, but sure to use a duvet and pillow covers which can be washed weekly or as needed.

Putting on a duvet cover can be daunting.

But you can use this simple method that makes it an easy one person job.

Cleaning A Pillow For My Head

If you don't have down pillows, but rather foam or polyester fill pillows, you can still wash those to keep them smelling fresh all winter long.

Skip The Fabric Softener

Some textiles, such as down comforters, have a tendency to absorb liquid fabric softener unevenly causing spotting.

Use a fabric-softening and static reduction sheet in the dryer instead. Fabric-softening sheets leave a thin film on the exterior of textiles that prevents static electricity. It also makes the material feel softer.

Washable Wool Blankets?

Most wool blankets can be laundered. Use cold water, a gentle cycle and air dry or tumble on air only in an electric dryer. Add a few towels to the dryer to help absorb moisture and cut down on the drying time.

Electric Blankets

Even blankets that have a power source for heating can be cleaned if done carefully. Learn how.

Flannel Is More Than A Shirt

Wash and dry flannel sheets separately, as they like to deposit lint on other items. Dry on lower temperature settings and never over-dry which can cause wrinkles to set and colors to fade.

Foam Mattress Pads

A little padding can made a mattress much more comfortable. Learn how to clean thin foam mattresses or pads.