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#1 qwerty



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Posted 20 July 2007 - 11:22 PM

I'm interested to learn how to wash a duvet, not a duvet cover. Previously I've washed my duvet in the bath-tub but it never seems to get it totally white. What's the best way to wash it? Is it possible to cram it into the washing machine and hope the water reduces its volume? Or simply use the bath-tub with washing powder?


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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:39 PM

To wash a duvet you really need a large drum capacity. We have washed our king sized duvet perfectly OK in a 7kg drum washing machine (winter and summer duvets) We have recently replaced it with a 6kg capacity washing machine and it was such a tight squeeze we won't try it again. It did wash, but went round in one big lump and made squeaking noises as it caught on the door seal.

My experience is that a minimum of 7kg drum capacity is required for a king size duvet but the machine I used was a Dyson Contra rotating drum, which I now believe is larger than other washing machines claiming a 7Kg drum. To be on the safe side I should advise anyone for whom washing a king sized quilt is important may be better looking at an 8Kg drum or larger. There's a chance that you might just about get away with a double duvet in a 7 kg drum washing machine but I would not attempt to force a large duvet into an ordinary (5kg) washing machine. Single duvets may fair better but caution is needed ( Am I overloading my washing machine? ) Once wet, the duvet would shrink in size somewhat but if you have to force it in it's not likely to shrink enough.

If using biological detergent and washing one in the bath I would soak it for a good few hours. If washing a white duvet I would use normal detergent containing bleaching agents - not liquid or "colour-friendly" detergents and I would use hand hot water (unless wash instructions said otherwise).

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 08:09 AM

I have always gone to a launderette where they have the enormous washing machines, much less hassle than in the bath!

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:07 PM

I read when washing a duvet to use an non-biological power as the bleach will give a better clean and maybe kill a few more bacteria as a 40c wash is the max temp for most duvets, also it`s not going to affect the colour as it`s white anyway, if you use biological powder any un-rinsed enzymes may be left in the duvet, and maybe smell or whatever.

This might be total tosh, but it sounds good :rolleyes:

Edited by Tinderbox (UK), 04 May 2011 - 09:07 PM.

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