December 07, 2010,
E.M. asks from Boulder, CO on December 06, 2010
S.G. answers from Jacksonville on December 07, 2010
M.A. answers from San Francisco on December 06, 2010
Unless the outer fabric is dry clean only, you should be able to wash a down comforter. I wash my down comforters and pillows all the time. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly. If you throw a clean tennis ball (or something else heavy) in with the dry cycle it will help fluff it as well.
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S. answers from Chicago on December 06, 2010
I wash my down comforters all the time. When you dry it, throw some tennis balls in with it.
It is so not a loss, once you wash it, you'll never know!!
R.L. answers from Houston on December 06, 2010
Get some Natures Miracle from the pet store. You saturate it and then let it air dry and the stain and smell will be gone, then I would suggest to have it cleaned. Since Natures Miracle is an enzyme cleaner you want to make sure to use that first. Sometimes other cleaning products can actually chemically set the stain (found that out the hard way!).
With kids and pets I have found keeping Nature's Miracle in the house is a must. It's a bit expensive but it really works. I've tried other enzyme cleaners and nothing works as good!
M.A. answers from Phoenix on December 06, 2010
I thow mine in the washer and dryer all the time.
W.E. answers from Sacramento on December 06, 2010
down is washable. follow the directions on the comforter - there should be a tag somewhere around the edge. if you dont have a clean tennis ball, clean shoes or slippers work too. if you dont have anything like that, just stop the dryer every so often and shake the comforter to fluff the down.
R.J. answers from Seattle on December 06, 2010
I wash all my down comforters (we have 7 total) once a month to once ever 2 months (if I'm feeling lazy). They just go into the wash individually... and then tennisballs in the dryer.
The most important thing is getting them *completely* dry. The tennisballs knock the feathers around and keep them from clumping and so they dry in about half the time (about 10 hours for a queen size, 7 for a twin). Trick. When you THINK it's completely dry let it go for about 2 more hours. Also... each time it cycles through, pull it out and stuff it back in. That way anything that got folded over doesn't stay that way keeping one small area damp.
It SOUNDS labor intensive... but really... it just means that you can't wash anything else that day, and once every couple hours you have to spend 45 seconds twisting a knob and stuffing it back in in a different angle.
S.B. answers from Topeka on December 06, 2010
I use Oxy Clean powder for really tough stains and for smelly items. Just throw a cup of it in the washer machine along with your regular detergent. It should be fine to wash it, just air dry it when you are done.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on December 06, 2010
They can be machine washed if they fit into your washing machine. If not, use a large machine at a laundromat or have it dry cleaned.