Spring Clean Comforters Care Tips for Winter Bedding

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As winter melts into spring, lighter linens and cotton sheets will replace down-
filled comforters and fuzzy flannels. Bedding can be an expensive investment.
Before packing up the warm winter bedding make sure to launder properly.
The following guidelines from the Coin Laundry Association will help extend
their life:

* Be kind to your bedding. Wash and dry in large-capacity machines. Most
household washers can hold between 10- to 12-pounds of laundry. This is not
large enough for a queen-size comforter. Commercial-grade washers, such as
those found at your coin laundry, can handle up to 75 pounds of wash and
are best for cleaning bedding. Using larger machines will extend the life of
your comforter and your home washer and dryer.

* Wash colored bedding in a mild detergent. Whites should be followed up
with an oxygenated-bleach. Avoid chlorine bleaches, which leave a residue
that is hard to clean and can cause discoloration over time.

* When drying your bedding, use a fabric-softening sheet as opposed to a
liquid-softener. Fabrics, such as down, have a tendency to absorb the liquid
unevenly.

* Contrary to popular opinion, you can wash down-filled bedding. Be sure to
read the care instructions, but most down comforters and pillows can be
laundered. Use a mild detergent to wash and when drying put some clean
tennis balls into the dryer to help fluff and distribute the down.

* Wash and dry flannel sheets separately. Flannel has a tendency to deposit
lint in the dryer. Perhaps the most important care instruction for flannel is not
to over-dry. Over-drying can cause wrinkles to set and colors to fade.

* Wool blankets can be washed and dried! Use cold water on a gentle cycle
and fluff dry. Add some towels to help absorb moisture and cut down on
drying time.

* Save time and use a coin laundry’s convenient drop-off service, all you
have to do is drop the bedding off and pick it up the next day. Some stores
will even pick-up and drop-off for an additional charge.

* Always read the care-labels! Laundering comforters and bedspreads at the
coin laundry saves a considerable amount of money over dry cleaning, but
certain fabrics, such as satin, cannot be washed and should be taken to a
professional dry cleaner.

Brian Wallace
Coin Laundry Association
www.coinlaundry.org

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