Most of us change our sheets on a regular basis, but we tend to neglect our comforter. That's why we created this quick guide for cleaning your comforter.
Why can’t I wash my comforter at home?
For best results, your comforter needs to be able to tumble freely within the washer. Most home washers are not large enough to fit a comforter while still leaving enough room. This can prevent the comforter from being cleaned effectively and even damage it. Dry cleaners and laundry facilities have larger machines that can clean your comforter with plenty of room to tumble.
Why should I clean my comforter?
While there are a multitude of reasons - spills, pet hair, stains - the most important to be aware of is dust mites. According to Dr. James Sublett, the chairman of the Indoor Allergen Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, about two-thirds of Americans with allergies are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites thrive in hot humid environments - such as Chicago summers. Dust mite colonies can be reduced at through washing and drying your bedding. (See New York Times article)
How often should I clean my comforter?
Dust mite colonies can reproduce quickly - if you have severe allergies it is actually recommended that you clean your comforter on a weekly basis. If you do not have severe allergies, twice a year is recommended. In general if you wake up with congestion, scratchy eyes, or sneezing, it may be a sign that it’s time to wash your comforter. (See New York Times article)