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Well, last week we talked about cleaning pillows and blankets.
Now it’s all about down!
Down is a fine layer of fluffy, spherical feathers that are found under the exterior feather of a bird, usually the belly. The composition of down feathers make them softer and lighter than others and also adds to the airy and insulate properties they possess.
Often, down is available in either duck or goose. Many people will chose goose, simply because geese have larger down clusters and fluffier feathers, which gives them better insulating properties and longevity.
Apply a mild detergent to the spot as soon as possible to prevent staining. Push the down away from the area to be cleaned so the feathers won’t get wet during the cleaning. Apply warm water with an eyedropper to the area; then apply a small amount of mild detergent or baby shampoo with a soft, clean toothbrush; sponge the area thoroughly with warm water; and blot dry with a clean, color-safe towel.
Washing down in the washer
Use a front-loading machine that is large enough to hold dry articles without crowding (the jerking action of the agitator in a top-load washer may cause damage by packing the down). If you don’t have a front loader, take to a self-service laundry or consider hand-washing.
Washing down by hand
Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and add detergent. To determine the amount, follow the label directions for hand-washing loads — use the minimum amount recommended (there should not be a mountain of suds). Gently squeeze the soapy water through the down-filled article, then drain the waste water. Rinse with fresh cool water, refilling the tub as necessary.
Last but not least, in order to grant your down longer life, get a fabric cover that buttons for easy changing and washing. Protect pillows with zippered protectors and, of course, pillowcases, such as our Snug Hug & Co. beautiful ones!!!