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How to wash duck down duvets

Duck down duvets are some of the most comfortable and cosy beddings and are especially convenient during the cold winter months. Since the duvets are so big, bulky and delicate, they can be very difficult to clean. It is possible to clean these duck down duvets at home if the correct procedure is followed. In just a few hours your duck duvet can be as fresh as the day you bought it.

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  1. Inspect your duck down duvet for any holes or snags in the material. If there are any holes in the material, the duck feathers will come out when the duvet is washed, and the duvet will be ruined. If you find any holes, take the duvet cover to a seamstress to repair and patch the holes.

  2. Clean the spots with stain remover and a soft brush. These can be rinsed off and dried in the sun. In many cases this is the only amount of washing that a duvet will need if it is covered by a duvet cover. You should rarely wash the duck duvet itself more than once a year.

  3. Wash the duck duvet in a large washing machine. Many personal washing machines are not large enough to handle the duvet on the spin cycle. It is best to take the duvet to a laundromat, and wash it in a large machine. Use a very gentle detergent and the gentlest cycle.

  4. Dry the duck down duvet in a dryer or by line drying it outdoors. If the dryer is used, take the duvet out every 20 minutes to break up down clumps and fluff out the down. It will probably take several hours to completely dry the duvet.

  5. Dry the duvet in the sun for at least two days. Do not leave it out overnight. Break apart down clumps every few hours similar to the dryer method. Make sure the duvet is completely dry before taking it inside the house to put back on the bed. Flip the duvet several times when drying to ensure every feather gets dried.

  6. Tip

    Wash and dry the duvet cover on a sunny day. Place the duvet in the sun for several hours between cleanings to freshen the fabric.


    Never use bleach or harsh chemicals on duck down duvets. This can ruin the fabric and down fibres. Never take a duck down duvet to be dry cleaned. The chemicals will cause the fibres to flatten, and the duvet will be ruined.

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Things You'll Need

  • Duck down duvet
  • Large washing machine
  • Large dryer
  • Spot cleaner
  • Small brush
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Clothesline

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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