For puff and fluff – to maintain the quality of down products, you should ensure that you wash them properly. In this chapter, you will find out at how many times you can wash your down products and how often you should ideally clean your pillows and duvets.
*Washing down correctly: a PDF with detailed washing instructions awaits you at the end of the chapter, so as to hand over the reins of down cleaning with a clear conscience.
If looked after carefully, your pillow will last for up to 5 years. Depending on how much it is used, it should find its way into the washing drum 1 to 2 times a year. You can also easily wash your pillow in a normal household washing machine. Unless otherwise noted on the label, a down pillow can withstand a wash programme of up to 60 degrees. To protect the down and feathers, however, a programme with less heat is recommended.
High-quality down duvets can last for up to 10 years with good care and regular ventilation. To ensure that your blanket remains as cosy as it was just after you bought it, ensure that it is professionally cleaned: you can easily wash down duvets in your own washing machine (5 to 7 kg capacity). For oversized duvets, however, it may be advisable to go to a launderette with 12 kg washing machines. For the correct wash programme setting, take a look at the label. A wash at 60 degrees is recommended. How often you should clean your down duvet depends on how much it is used. At least every 3 years is advisable.
To get stained down jackets clean again, you can wash them yourself in your home washing machine. Unlike with pillows and down duvets, however, you should choose a wash programme for the down jacket that does not get hotter than 30 degrees. You should also not spin the down jacket. Set a speed of over 800 rotations, if only to spin briefly in a time frame of 10–20 seconds – less is always gentler.
Always check your down products for openings before washing. If small cracks have formed, they can come apart during washing and not only thereby render the down product unusable. If you find a place with such an opening, it is often enough to sew it up.
You can also have your down products treated at a dry cleaner. But to avoid nasty surprises, when choosing a dry cleaner, make sure that they specialise in processing high-quality down products. The costs for cleaning large duvets, for example, are on average 40 to 60 euros; for smaller duvets (135 × 200), they are between 30 and 50 euros.
In the case of high-quality duvets, pillows or jackets made from eiderdown, a special procedure is normally required for cleaning: the fine eiderdown must be separated from the cover, cleaned separately and then placed in a new cover. Our specialist staff will be happy to advise you on this.