Down pillow has been designed to offer maximum amount of comfort at the time of sleeping. These are the fluffiest of pillows and are luxurious, soft and durable in construction. Compared to standard synthetic pillows, they offer a superior level of support and comfort. But like any other type of pillow, these need to be cleaned up well. This holds true even when you make use of a pillow cover. You can wash them well using your own washing machine at home, and not depend on some service provider. All that you need to do is follow these instructions.
Remove the cover
Remove the protective cover from your pillow. Check the surface of your pillow and find out whether or not there are any tears or rips. In case you find such defects, fix them prior to washing your down pillow. You will not like your pillows to tear up even more.
Use cold water wash
Open your washing machine and place a pillow on one side and another one resting beside it. This will make an even load, and help wash them much better. Use cold water to wash them on a slow cycle and use only a small quantity of detergent of mild strength. You may also consider using down wash.
Remove all traces of water
Next, you should remove your pillows. Squeeze them slowly if required and release all excess amount of water from their insides. You will find the wet feathers emitting a stronger and more pungent smell than at other times. Do not be worried at this, as this will disappear when the feather dries. Such type of smell is normal from wet feathers.
Dry the pillows
Put your pillows in a dryer along with 1 or 2 clean balls used for playing in tennis courts. Set the dryer on the lowest setting of temperature in order to dry the pillows. The dryer will need 2 – 3 cycles before you find your down pillow to be fully dry. Once each cycle comes to an end, you should take out the pillow. Use your bare hands to fluff it up and break up all clumps that you can find to even them up.
If you are curious to know about the use of tennis balls, it is only to avoid the corners of the pillows from bunching up. You may also use a pair of old sneakers to achieve the same effect.
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