How Long Does it Take to Dry Clean a Comforter?

How Long Does it Take to Dry Clean a Comforter?

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Last Updated on Aug 22, 2022

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    If you are wondering how long it takes to dry clean a comforter, it takes about 3 to 4 hours. During this process, professional cleaners remove any stains and spots, clean and dry clean a comforter, make it wrinkle-free and repair any holes. Sometimes, if the stains are tough, cleaning may take longer than usual. 

    This article will tell you everything you must know about dry cleaning a comforter so you do it the right way.

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    What is Dry Cleaning?

    Dry cleaning is a process that makes use of chemical solvents for dry cleaning bedding. Even though there is liquid, the comforter is soaked in a water-free liquid solvent and cleaned thoroughly.  

    For instance, harsh chemicals found in laundry detergents can damage the feathers of your comforter and deplete its coating. And this can lead to the deterioration of a down comforter. In fact, some materials must never be soaked in water either as they can damage the fabric, such as wool or silk. So, when you opt to dry clean comforter, you can rest assured that the professionals are taking care of it. They make sure that the fabric, cover, and filling remain intact.

    Should You Dry Clean A Comforter

    It is not a necessity for you to dry clean a comforter. You can also opt for a machine wash. But, you must consider the fill and fabric before proceeding. Also, it is exceptionally important to read your comforter's care instructions to see the right cleaning method. 

    If it says dry clean, you must always opt to dry clean a comforter because it means the comforter cannot bear a wash cycle, even if the settings are delicate. So, can I take my comforter to the dry cleaners? Yes, if you want professional cleaning or your care label says so, you can always dry clean a comforter. 

    The Dry Cleaning Process for Comforter

    When you opt for dry cleaning, all you have to do is drop off your bedding at your local dry cleaner, and you are good to go. Usually, you can collect your item within 3-4 hours if there are no pesky stains. Otherwise, it can take longer. So, you pay the fees and collect your receipt. This receipt is important as you will have to give it to the dry cleaner so they release your product. Now, let’s take a look at the complete procedure. 

    • Inspection

    The first step is inspection. Here, the professionals will go through your item and look for any stains or rips. They also look at the care label to check if any additional instructions are given to ensure that the right cleaning method is applied. 

    • Pre-Treatment

    The second step is to remove all the stains with special stain removers. This is an important step as the stains must be first removed before it is washed. 

    • Dry Cleaning

    Once all the stains are completely removed, the comforter is placed in a special drum with the necessary chemicals. This solution is able to get rid of any dust mites and bacteria and ensure the comforter is completely clean. Dry cleaners don’t make use of laundry detergents as they can contain harsh elements. 

    • Drying

    As per the care instructions, your comforter is dried at an optimal temperature, which is usually between 77 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    • Finishing Touches

    Once your comforter is dry cleaned, it will also be checked for any rips or tears. Some dry cleaners also fix these damages as if they are left unfixed, the filling can fall out. 

    Finally, your comforter is ironed and wrinkles are removed, making it look as good as new. If it is too big for a hanger, it is neatly wrapped in plastic before being delivered to you.

    How to Properly Machine Wash Your Comforter

    Can you wash a down comforter? Yes. If the care instructions allow machine wash, you can wash your comforter at home. This will again take about 3-4 hours, as long as it takes to dry clean a comforter. More than washing, more time is taken to dry the comforter. Let’s take a look at the procedure. 

    • Spot Clean Your Comforter With The Help Of Baking Soda And Vinegar: The first step is to spot clean your comforter, so you remove all the stains and spots, so they don’t permanently settle in. So, if you notice any stains, spray diluted vinegar on it and sprinkle baking soda over it. Let it sit for at least an hour. Using a paper towel or a clean rag, remove the baking soda and blot away any excess moisture. Finally, vacuum it well to remove any remaining baking soda. 

    • Make Sure Your Washing Machine And Dryer Can Accommodate Your Comforter: If your comforter doesn’t fit well inside the machine, don’t try to force it in as it will not only spoil your machine but will also not clean the comforter properly. Here, you can make use of your local laundromats and make use their commercial-sized machines. 

    • Keep It On A Delicate Cycle: Make sure you wash your comforter on a delicate cycle to prevent any damage. This will keep the fluffy feel of the comforter too. 

    • Don’t Use Hot Water: Hot water can shrink the fabric therefore it is always best to use cold or warm water. 

    • Dry It With Clean Tennis Balls: When you put your comforter in the dryer, use three clean tennis balls or wool balls along with it to ensure that your comforter comes out fluffy and the fills don’t become lumpy. 

    • Use Low-Setting To Dry The Comforter: Using low heat will prevent any damage and prevent shrinkage.

    Once the comforter is dried, air dry it under the sun to remove any dust mites and bacteria. 

    Now you know how long it takes to dry clean a comforter and the right procedure to get it done. You can also machine wash your comforter if the care label permits. However, make sure you follow the right method to prevent any damage.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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