A fully furnished bed has multiple layers, from the fitted sheet to the bedspread, all of which need to be regularly cleaned. Most innersheets can be washed weekly in your washing machine and quickly tumbled dry, but what about the upper layers?
Fortunately, your bedspreads don’t need weekly cleaning. Experts recommend washing them twice a year. You can get them washed professionally by residential laundry services, guaranteeing that no stain or dirt patch is missed, or you can wash them yourself.
Check the care instructions
Some bedspreads can’t be laundered at home and need professional care from residential laundry services. These bedspreads typically are woven with material that can unravel with improper handling, or made of fabric that is easily damaged. Some bedspreads, such as throw blankets and bed scarves, have beads and other decorative items sewn into them.
If your bedspread doesn’t need a professional cleaning, you can use your washing machine if it can handle the bulk.
Use a front-loading, large-capacity washing machine
Most comforters, duvets, and other down bedspreads can be washed in your washing machine. However, you don’t want to force your bedspread inside if it’s too bulky. A washing machine with little breathing space can obstruct water flow and prevent dirt and bacteria from washing out. You might redeposit dirt elsewhere on the bedspread.
You’ll need a larger washer, like the ones at laundromats, if your machine is a standard size, or if your bedspread fits a large bed. You can skip the inconvenience of a trip to the laundromats by using laundry delivery services.
If your washing machine can support your bedspread, wash it on a low-heat or delicate cycle with mild detergent. For the best results, use a detergent specifically formulated for down items.
Dry on low heat
After your bedspread is washed, tumble it in your drying machine on the lowest heat setting to avoid burning the down. This can take about four hours, depending on the size of the bedspread and the density of its fill.
Keep your bedspread in the dryer until it’s fully dry, or hang it on a clothesline during a sunny day. It’s important to completely dry the bedspread, because any lingering moisture will grow mildew. If you plan to store the bedspread after a cleaning, leave it out for a day or two to ensure you don’t trap any moisture when it’s folded up.