30 October 2012
Duvet Inners – Dustmite trap or there to keep you warm………
Now today we’d like to ask you how often you wash your duvet inners? And we normally ask this as an ice breaker when we do our presentations to hospitality, decorating and other industries. And would you believe me that more often than not, the response is, not even once a year. Yes, you heard right……not even once a year. Can you imagine sleeping under a duvet that hasn’t been washed for that long? Of course, keep in mind that this exact same question applies to your home.
The rule of thumb is that a duvet needs to be washed at least every 2-3 months, especially in the hospitality industry. You could stretch it slightly longer at home should you prefer.
The most important thing to remember now, is that you should check on your care-label whether your inners can be machine washed and dried. Today, most duvet inners are manufactured in such a way that it can be washed & tumble dried. However take a look at the picture on the left.
This is what we refer to as a channel duvet. The challenge with this inner is that after washing the filling tends to move towards the ends of the casings or clump up in parts. This is also worse when the filling is duck down & feather or goosedown & feather.
Nowadays, the feather and down have been treated in such a way that they tend to clump less and fill out again after drying. (Picture on right is a Climabalance duvet – which has been designed to help regulate the tempareture via the panel inserted.)
We recommend that you consider the following when purchasing a new inner:
Firstly, decide what type of duvet you want – one with natural filling or synthetic. Of course how much you want to spend will also influence this. The choices for synthetic filling we would recommend is hollow fibre and micro fibre. Then, if you are looking for natural filling there are a few choices. If you look at cotton, wool or satin filling, please consider that these are harder to take care of and some also need to be dry cleaned which is expensive etc.
When you look at Duck Down or Goose Down and feather, you will find that the duck down blends tend to be more expensive. Also keep in mind that you get different fillings meaning for example you get a 3/4 duck down, which means that there is 60% Duck down and 40% feather filling. You also get 90% Goosedown and then of course 10% feather. Most casings these days are designed to keep the feathers from sticking through as in the olden days. Also, the allergy aspect has been covered to an extent, as the down and feather is treated and cleaned more properly than before.
This is a case of preference and these are tips. Please ask us any time if you need more help or struggle with stains on inners etc.