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I have a down comfortor and a feather bed. The direction says dry clean. I have washed down jackets and vests has anyone had any luck washing comfortors or feather beds.
Jo Anne from NY
I sleep on an air bed which is on the floor i also have a feather bed topper on it that i sleep on top of. i went to clean my sheets an i moved the feather bed and found mold or mildew........what should i do to clean it or prevent it from happening again? thank you so much.
You can wash all of them. Make sure there are no holes or you will be sorry. Wash in cold water with light detergent on a very gental cycle. Dry on low heat for about 1.5 hours. It says to dryclean only because you bought a cheaper comforter with a water soluable sizing to keep the feathers from popping out. I'm in management for a drycleaner. Trust me.
Yes. I did a pillow and a comforter last night (duvet) and they came out fine again. The important thing is: BE GENTLE and dry them thoroughly! It takes AT LEAST 1.5 hours of drying or more, for a Queen size pillow. Same for the duvet. In between the drying cycle (every 15 minutes or so) take them out and FLUFF them. Adding a clean pair of tennis balls helps to facilitate this process. Above all , MAKE SURE you completely dry them! Otherwise they will MOLT and MOLD can also set in. This is why the average detergent on OLD STYLE feather down (there are many kinds of FEATHERS USED...hence the differences in prices for these products). A speciffic DOWN wash will help the feathers retain their natural oils. New and modern products have new sealing treatments to make it easier to wash these products. A feather bed/topper is a whole new ballgame! Find a laundromat with EXTRA LARGE MACHINES. Start by using an enzyme spray and letting them soak in the tub. Ring out what you can and then hang them in the sun for a few hours. This will remove sweat stains and bacterial odors. (Any pet enzyme should be OK I think there is a FABREEZE for this too, now). Then take it to the laundromat. Be prepaired with TONS of coin, it's going to take AT LEAST 3 hours! Wash it in COLD and don't use BLEACH! Some staining will remain, it's inevitable, but it will be clean. When drying, use the LARGEST MACHINES, as this will help with the speed of drying and LOFTING. Don't forget to add SEVERAL large clean items, to help with the FLUFFING. Best of luck. Dry cleaners, by the way, do not use a DRY CLEAN on these products, all the time. Most have REALLY LARGE industrial machines, to put things in!
How do you clean featherbeds? Can you wash them in the washing machine like you can a down comforter?
If you take them to a laundromat and use the extra large extracting machine it will do the job. I find that clean tennis shoes (4) thrown in as well will fluff up the feathers and it dries in no time.
I recently bought a non-allergenic feather bed from Target on sale. Love it!
It said not to wash it. If you have a stain on the feather bed, dab the spot to clean. I forgot all the details ... just don't wash it!
I had to wash my featherbed recently. While the tag said "dry clean only," I took a risk and "hand" washed it in my bathtub. (That was a sight, let me tell you. Think "Lucy in the grape vat making wine.") If it didn't work, I would've had to buy another anyway. It washed fine, but was very heavy when wet. It was helpful having another person to move it initially. Took forEVER to dry, though. I used the low setting on 35 minutes and took it out and fluffed it between drying sessions (probably about 8 or 9) to evenly distribute the feathers. Worked, though. It's back on my bed, good as new.
In an effort to remove urine stains from my featherbed I soaked it in my tub. I hung it outside to dry, then replaced it on the bed. It has a horrible smell. Is there something I can do to remove the smell?
Sharon from PA
Get some enzyme pet stain remover like Nature's Miracle or PetZyme and soak it again. You can get it at any pet store. Let it sit in there for at least an hour. No need to rinse it out. Hang the feather bed on the line until it is dry. Hopefully, this should get rid of the smell. If you are unable to go through the whole process again, spray it down with the enzyme mixture. The enzymes eat the bacteria that cause the smell.
Where can I take my down featherbed to be professionally cleaned? My child had the flu and vomited on the featherbed and also had a diarrhea accident on it.
Syl from Hayward, CA
Most dry cleaners will clean a down comforter, I'm sure it the same for a featherbed. These can be washed too, in a large machine, prferable a front-load without a center agitator. Whenh you dry it, throw a few tennis balls into the dryer with it to fluff the down. I always wash my comforter.
Is it possible to remove mildew from a featherbed or duvet?