Extra Tips for Caring and Selecting Your Down Comforters and Sheets.
In my previous blog I talked about things to consider when selecting sheets for your bed. The same amount of consideration and attention given to picking good sheets is also needed for your selection of Down Comforters. You shouldn’t just go for anything you come across.
Below is a list of the most important things you should be looking for when choosing these items for your bed.
- The Fill
This could be down or synthetic fibers. Down is sourced from duck and geese feathers which help you stay warm in the colder months. The alternative is synthetic materials which are great for individuals who suffer from allergies. Synthetic Comforters are also machine washable making them easier to care for.
- The Size.
This is based on the actual size of your bed and how much of the mattress you want to cover up. If you need a size that covers the entire mattress and large enough to accommodate you and your partner then go for a larger size than the mattress to ensure you receive enough coverage.
- The Weight
This can range from extra light to extra heavy. This is determined by the amount of the fill. Obviously the less fill the lighter the comforter. A down comforter with a higher fill is more suitable for seasonal and colder climates. Lower fill numbers that have a lighter weight are better for warm climates. The temperature of your room will also play a factor in your choice as well. Is your bedroom usually warm or drafty? Are you a cold or warm sleeper? Individuals who experience night sweats would need a comforter that is a lighter weight to sleep comfortably at night.
- The Construction
A good down comforter should have extra stitching to prevent the down from shifting so the fill is spread evenly. Look for a comforter with a baffle box design with stitching that forms a grid pattern that forms a wall between boxes. You can also find comforters with a quilt stitching between the top and bottom. These types of designs helps to keep the fill in the comforter from moving around unevenly which results in lumps and gaps that allow heat to escape.
- The Thread Count.
For a good quality, you just need a comforter with a minimum number of 200. If you want something a bit more luxurious then a thread count between 400 to 600 is for you.
What are some ways to care for your sheets and down comforters?
You don’t have to treat your bed linens in a very unique and special way to take proper care of them but taking certain precautions will go a long way in ensuring your bedding will last for a very long time. Consider the following:
- You will need a cover for your down comforter. This protects it and keeps it clean reducing the need to wash it often. Depending on the size of your comforter a cover is very practical because it fits into a standard washing machine easier and can be cleaned more often.
- Shake your comforter regularly to expand the clusters of down in your comforter.
- When not is use store in a breathable bag that allows air through to keep it fresh and free from mildew.
- Its a good idea to have your comforter cleaned regularly. If you are using a duvet cover then less often. Follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. If machine washable, for best results use a front loading washer and preferably line dry. Another option is to just dry clean only.
- For regular sheets and linens follow the manufacturers instructions.
- Avoid mixing detergents or bleaches with color brighteners. The effect of that could be as drastic as discoloring and weaken your bed linens.
- Dry your bed linens by hanging them on a line or tumble dry on a machine at a low temperature. That will minimize the natural wrinkling properties. Smooth out wrinkles with a warm iron if you want.
- If you notice any stains, remove them as soon as possible. If they stay long enough, they will be very difficult to remove.
If you take good care of your bed linens, you can be sure to remain warm even in the worst temperatures.
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