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Washing Duvets and Quilts

Duvets and quilts are often the most neglected items of bedding. We’ll regularly wash our bed sheets, but can easily forget about the duvets inside those or the quilts on top. There’s no need to fret about washing such a large item or about cleaning a delicate quilt, with this article the process for how to wash a duvet or quilt is a lot simpler than you may think.

Before attempting to wash a duvet or quilt at home, remember to check the item's care label and follow the suggested washing instructions. Many duvets and quilts will recommend taking the item to a professional dry cleaner, but it is possible to wash a duvet at home as long as you have a big enough washing machine and follow the care label instructions carefully.  

How to wash a duvet with synthetic fillings

Duvets or quilts with synthetic fillings can usually be washed at home, but some domestic washing machines do not have a large enough capacity to allow the duvet or quilt to move around freely in the drum.

  • If your item fits into your machine use a gentle cycle, with minimum agitation
  • You can use a normal spin setting
  • After washing a duvet or quilt, make sure you have completely dried and aired it before using it again

How to clean a duvet or quilt with feather or down fillings

Check the care label of feather and down filled duvets / quilts as they may not be washable and may require dry-cleaning.

  • If they are washable, wash on a gentle cycle using a detergent without enzymes
  • After washing, make sure they are completely dried and aired before use

Removing stains from duvets

  • Stains on duvets should be mopped up as quickly as possible
  • If the filling is feather or down, it is important to isolate the stain
  • Shake the feathers away from the affected area, and then treat the stain according to what it is. Check out the stain removal section to solve your stain

Important points for washing quilts

Trimmings on quilts can affect how they are washed or which product is used. For example, if a quilt has embellishments or silk trimmings the care label may say “Dry Clean Only” even if the rest of the quilt is washable. Small stains on these can be treated by hand, but for a full clean take delicate quilts to a professional dry cleaner.  

Washing duvets & quilts – how often should I?

Although it’s important to clean duvets and quilts to ensure all of your bedding is fresh and clean, there’s no need to wash them as regularly as your sheets. Washing duvets or quilts about once a year will suffice.

Now you know how to wash quilts and duvets, there’s no excuse for neglecting them any longer!

You can learn more about washing symbols with our handy guide.