Nothing keeps the body warm like a good, lightweight comforter, thanks especially to the natural interior thermal insulation material. Synthetic fibers may be lower-priced, but it’s worth remembering that they are not as effective as down at producing quality and healthy warmth for the body.
But sometimes you may notice a strange musky smell coming from your 100 down comforter. Many potential down users might not fully realize that this smell is a natural result of the use of poultry feathers and is a commonly-occurring event that often happens with natural products. However, there are several tried and tested methods when it comes to removing any potentially unpleasing odors, which we’ve helpfully laid out below!
The quality of each down comforter depends on many factors, including the production process, how the down was cultivated, and how the down was harvested and cleaned. Different countries may have different quality standards which they implement during the production of the bedding. However, duck down usually has an odor that can be considered to be a bit stronger than goose down due to both animal’s individual living habits. If you haven’t decided what types of down comforter you want, its worth remembering that we at Puredown are here to help as we specialize in a wide-variety of premium-quality down products for just about any kind of sleeper!
Sometimes improper washing of down products can lead to issues with mildew or mold on your comforter, pillow or blanket, which may then produce an unpleasant odor. You may also need to use a duvet cover as the bedding may absorb sweat and moisture which also generates odor over time if you don’t wash it. So Here are three tips that will help us get rid of this potentially nasty odor.
Maintain daily care
One of the first essential steps to proper down comforter maintenance is making sure it is fluffed and kept dry, so be sure to give your comforter some shakes from end to end to ensure a thorough airing! Also, down comforters are not the biggest fans of humidity, so if you are in a humid region try to keep your blanket or comforter as cool as possible in your bedroom through AC or electric fan use.
Wash and Dry
Down comforters usually don’t require frequent washing, so we thoroughly recommend the use of a duvet cover. If you do need a wash, try dry cleaning first. However, if dry cleaning is not an option, before you put it into washing machine, please make sure that the fabric is not too old or weakened from age. Make sure there is enough room for your comforter and use warm water as well as any gentle, non-bleach detergent. When the wash cycle is complete, wash it again with no soap. When it comes to drying, it usually takes 2-3 hours on medium heat in a regular-sized dryer. Make sure you don’t place the temperature too high or you may end up burning the fabric or the down feather material. Be sure to check the temperature every 20 minutes to avoid overheating. Last but not least, make sure there are no wet spots or clusters, otherwise your down product may get moldy.
Place some tennis balls
If your blanket is clean but you prefer to keep things extra fluffy, simply try placing tennis balls inside clean white socks and put them into your dryer to help break up the down clusters!
It’s worth remembering that for all the warmth, comfort and softness that down comforters provide us, they do require a little extra care to keep them continuously at their best. By following our above handy little guide to keeping your blanket fresh and fluffed, you won’t be disappointed!