There is nothing worse than looking at your down-filled duvet comforter and noticing a stain. From the moment you see it, the only think you can think about is getting that darn stain out. Whether the stain was made by food, beverages or some other pesky substance, the mere presence of such a blemish is nothing short of irritating.
However, the good news regarding your down-filled duvet is that many of them can be washed in a washing machine using cold water and regular laundry detergent. Once you notice the duvet has been soiled, remove it from the bed, place it in the washer alone and add the appropriate amount of detergent as per the directions on the soap bottle. Wash on a gentle to medium cold water cycle.
If the down-filled duvet is soiled with a stain which is notoriously tough such as blood or red wine, you may wish to use a pre-treatment product made specifically for that substance.
Generally, the pre-treatment is applied directly to the stain and allowed to set for a few minutes. The duvet is then washed in the washing machine using regular detergent. Some pre-treatment products recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the pre-treatment into the stain.
The important thing with your down-filled duvet comforter is that you do not place it in the dryer. Hang it over a clothes line or over the backs of several chairs to dry. This is because while the stain may seem as if it has disappeared when the comforter is still wet, once dry, the stain may still appear. If the stain is still present, you’ll want to re-launder the duvet. If you have placed it into the dryer, the stain will have already set, meaning it can no longer be removed.
One exception to cleaning stains on your down-filled duvet comforter is if the piece is old or fragile. In this case, wash the stain under cold water while gently working in a mild detergent with a soft-bristled toothbrush inside a large sink or tub. This spares the rest of the fabric from the vigorous washing machine process.
The moral of the story is, even if an unwanted stain suddenly surprises you on your down-filled duvet, a quick washing and a little elbow grease should remove the stain leaving your comforter stain-free and fresh.