It's generally recommended that down bedding, such as feather mattresses (featherbeds) and comforters, be taken to a professional dry cleaner to avoid irreversibly damaging the bedding. However, down items can be cleaned in a washing machine in your home or at a laundromat if you want to avoid the cost associated with professional services. Self-laundering your feather mattress requires considerable more care and additional considerations.
Things You'll Need
- Front-loading washing machine
- Large-capacity dryer
- Gentle detergent
- New tennis ball or new canvas sneaker
Use a large front-loading washer and large dryer to machine wash and dry your feather mattress. Good Housekeeping's Kathleen Huddy warns that top-loading machines, which have center agitators, will damage your feather mattress. If you don't have access to a front-loading washing machine or large dryer, locate a laundromat that does.
Machine wash your feather mattress in warm water on the gentle cycle using a gentle detergent. Harsh detergents can cause the down in your feather mattress to disintegrate and leave the fabric cover brittle. Never use bleach.
Tumble dry the feather mattress on the lowest heating setting in a large-capacity dryer. Huddy advises putting a new tennis ball or new canvas sneaker in the dryer to fluff the down as it dries.
Take care of residual wrinkles on the mattress' ticking by gently steaming them out. Never use an iron on your feather mattress.
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