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Duvet Cover Tips For Everyday Use

Updated on June 19, 2011

Duvet Cover - Introduction

When you first purchase a high quality duvet cover, taking care of it should be one of your top priorities. If properly cared for, these covers will last for years and will make your bedroom into a much more enjoyable place. This is because it will allow you to update the look of your bedroom, without having to purchase a new comforter. As long as you learn how to properly wash, unwrinkle, and generally care for your cover, you should not have many problems maintaining it well into the future.  Luxury bedding like this will look great for a long time!

Washing Your Cover

Learning how to properly wash your duvet cover is of the utmost importance, as this is how you can keep the cover looking new for many years to come. The first thing that you will want to do is take a look at the label. In some cases, you might find that the cover has to be dry cleaned and if this is the case, you are best off to follow these instructions. Many people attempt to wash dry clean only product in their washing machine and the results never turn out well, so just pay the little bit of extra money and follow these instructions if you find yourself in this situation. In addition to the damage that can be done, you might end up shrinking the duvet cover, which would make it useless, since it would no longer fit.

Also, remember any stains that end up on the duvet cover must be pre-treated, just like you would pre-treat stains on your favorite shirt. In most cases, you can simply spray the cover with any type of stain remover and let it sit for a few minutes. There are many different stain removers out there, but you are better off purchasing one that will protect the duvet cover's colors. Make sure that you wash the cover before the stain remover has a chance to dry, as it becomes ineffective after this has occurred.

If your duvet cover is machine washable, it is now time to proceed with this portion of the exercise. Make sure that you remove the cover from the actual duvet and place the cover in the washing machine. It should be washed on its own, but make sure that you do your best to distribute its weight evenly. When the weight is uneven, the spin cycle can be altered, which can interfere with the cleaning process. Also make sure that you set the cover to wash with warm water, since this will give you the best chance at removing any stains.

Once the washing has been completed, check the cover for any remaining stains. If you find any stains, rewash it again with more stain remover. If the cover looks completely clean, however, it can be placed in the dryer. It should be dried on the lowest heat setting, but it might take a few different cycles in order to be completed. Large items like this do not dry very well in the drier, but you must make sure that it is completely dry before putting it back on your bed. Remember that drying on a lower setting will protect the cover's color, so do not be tempted to turn the heat up if it is taking too long to dry. It might also be wise to hang the cover to dry once this has been completed, just to make sure that there are not any wet spots left.

If you would prefer to wash your duvet cover by hand, you also have the opportunity to do so. The first thing that you must do in this situation is make sure that you have a gentle cleaning soap to use. You will then make sure that your bathtub is completely clean, as you would not want any residue to get on your duvet cover. Scrub the comforter thoroughly with the soap and then rinse it thoroughly as well. You will then hang the duvet cover to dry until it has been dried out completely. This is much more time consuming than using a washing machine, but you can also limit the amount of damage that can be done by using a washing machine if your cover is fragile.

Large Capacity Front Loading Washers Are Ideal For Duvet Covers

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courtesy of redgoober4life

Taking Care of Wrinkles

As you can imagine, duvet bedding covers tend to get quite wrinkly, especially if they have not been used in a while. There are a few different methods of getting rid of these wrinkles, although you might have to try a few out in order to find the one the works for you. Your best bet is to shake the cover out a few times a month, which will prevent these wrinkles from forming but if you already have wrinkles, there are a few things that you can do to get rid of them.

The first thing many people do when eliminating these wrinkles is hang the duvet cover in a steamy room. A good way to do this is to put the shower on extremely hot and then leave the cover hanging in the room. If you make sure that you shake the cover out every five minutes, you eliminate all of the wrinkles very quickly. Not all types of fabric respond to this method, however, so you might have to try something different. A clothes steamer would also work in this situation, although a steamy room will work much more quickly on an item this size.

If this method does not work, you might be forced to iron your duvet cover, which will take some time. What many people do is simply iron the side of the cover that will be showing, as this can cut the time in half. Be very careful while you are iron, however, as you would not want to leave any burn marks on your beautiful duvet cover.

Ironing Your Duvet?

Keeping the Cover in Place

If you find that your cover is constantly shifting, you will want to do something about it immediately, as this can be a very annoying problem. Many retailers sell items that can be used to keep the cover in place that look similar to little snaps. These snaps are placed on the corners of the duvet cover and will keep everything in place while you sleep. If you are feeling a little bit more ambitious, you can use a needle and thread to get a similar effect on your duvet cover. Simply run this thread through the duvet and the cover a few times and it should prevent this shifting from taking place at all.

courtesy of markhillary
courtesy of markhillary

Removing Pet Hair

If your dog or cat sleeps in your bed with you, a unique set of problems can arise when attempting to remove pet hair from your cover. What some people are now doing is attaching a matching sheet to the outside of the cover with Velcro, which makes it possible to keep the cover clean. The sheet can be washed much more easily than the cover, so you will not have to go through the washing process constantly because of your pet. Other things like adhesive rollers, vacuums, static sprays, and rubber bristle brushes can help remove much of this hair from your cover. In the end, you will end up with hair on your bed if a pet sleeps with you, so finding the best removal methods is very important.

Direction of the Buttons

A question that many people ask regarding duvet covers is which end up the bed the buttons are meant to be at. The answer is that they are supposed to go at the foot of the bed and, therefore, if you are interested in making the bed properly, this is where they should be. Of course, this does not matter all that much in today's society, but you never know when you are going to have a houseguest who notices these things.

courtesy of Taylor Marie
courtesy of Taylor Marie

For Those with Allergies

If you have allergies, an organic cotton dust mite encasing might be something that is worth looking into. This is the best for those with allergies because not only will it keep mites away, but it also does not use chemicals or dyes, which can irritate your skin. This is a solution for anyone who is worried about allergies and it is just as easy to clean as a traditional type of cover.


Taking care of your duvet cover does not have to be difficult, as long as you know what you are doing. These covers can definitely add a great deal to your room and since they are so simple to maintain, purchasing one duvet cover should be enough for your bed for the foreseeable future.

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