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The movie: Taking care of duvets and pillows

 
Down duvets and feather pillows are both rewarding and frugal.
Airing and fluffing them daily is enough to remove the humidity from them
and brings back their puffiness.
Bedding should be washed in regular intervals.
 
Down duvets and feather pillows are both rewarding and frugal.
Airing and fluffing them daily is enough to remove the humidity from them
and brings back their puffiness.
Bedding should be washed in regular intervals.

Here are some helpful hints (to start the movie please click on the picture):
 

 
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Trocknen

I do not possess a tumble-drier. Can I also dry my duvets and pillows in the open air?

It is not advisable to dry them on the line. The filling might agglutinate and the duvet or pillow might be damaged.
It is not advisable to dry them on the line. The filling might agglutinate and the duvet or pillow might be damaged. Your top-quality bedding products should better be cleaned in a commercial laundry or at bedfeather cleaners´ with the necessary devices to clean gently your duvets and pillows.
 
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Aufbewahrung

I have inherited down-and-feather-filled duvets and pillows which have not been used and have been stored for several years. Can I still use them?

Even if down and feather pillows and duvets are durable, they undergo a natural ageing process. While the down and feathers were stored they might have been exposed to damp or damaged.
 
You should have cleaned your pillows and duvets at the bedfeather cleaners´. They sift and clean the material there, pick out the filling components and replace them.
 
Even if down and feather pillows and duvets are durable, they undergo a natural ageing process. While the down and feathers were stored they might have been exposed to damp or damaged.
 
You should have cleaned your pillows and duvets at the bedfeather cleaners´. They sift and clean the material there, pick out the filling components and replace them.
 
Aufbewahrung

Can I store my down- and feather-filled duvets in bed drawers during the day?

The bed drawers should be sufficiently sized to ensure that the down and feathers are not compressed too much. Moreover, make sure that the drawer is aired adequately.
 
The exclusion of air in bed drawers that are too small is bad for the duvets and pillows so that they wear out more easily.
 
If you place your duvets and pillows into bed drawers during the day, please ensure that they are fluffed up daily and aired regularly.
 
The bed drawers should be sufficiently sized to ensure that the down and feathers are not compressed too much. Moreover, make sure that the drawer is aired adequately.
 
The exclusion of air in bed drawers that are too small is bad for the duvets and pillows so that they wear out more easily.
 
If you place your duvets and pillows into bed drawers during the day, please ensure that they are fluffed up daily and aired regularly.
 
Waschen

Are down-and-feather-filled duvets and pillows washable?

Following the care instructions, down-and-feather-filled duvets can be washed at the temperatures indicated on the label using a mild detergent. Please, dry completely, best tumble-dry. In any case, follow the instructions on the label.
 
Pillows can even be washed in a standard washing machine (standard washing machine: load between 6-8 kg) at up to 60 oC using a mild detergent (following the care instructions.) Please, dry completely, best tumble-dry.
Following the care instructions, down-and-feather-filled duvets can be washed at the temperatures indicated on the label using a mild detergent. Please, dry completely, best tumble-dry. In any case, follow the instructions on the label.
 
Pillows can even be washed in a standard washing machine (standard washing machine: load between 6-8 kg) at up to 60 oC using a mild detergent (following the care instructions.) Please, dry completely, best tumble-dry. Due to their volume, down and feather duvets should better be cleaned in a commercial laundry or at bedfeather cleaners´.
 
Usually, duvets consisting of two or three single duvets which can be attached together are separated before they are washed. Thus, you can wash them in a standard washing machine.
 
Use a mild detergent (e. g. gentle detergent suitable for wool) or a special detergent for down. Do not use any optical brighteners because they might harm the filling material. Mild detergents which are suitable for wool can perfectly be used to wash down and feathers too, because they consist of the same base material as wool, that is keratin.
Please, follow the temperatures and care instructions reported on the label.

It is most important to dry the bedding articles completely and thoroughly.
 
Haltbarkeit

My pillow has become flat from resting my head on it. How can I get it fluffy again?

You can wash the pillow yourself, have it washed or cleaned at the bedfeather cleaners´. The advantage of having the pillow cleaned at the bedfeather cleaners´ is that the used filling material such as damaged down and feathers is replaced. Moreover, the specialist can tell you whether it still makes sense to clean the pillow or if you should better purchase a new one.
 
If you have used your pillow for a long time already, you should consider to buy a new one.
You can wash the pillow yourself, have it washed or cleaned at the bedfeather cleaners´. The advantage of having the pillow cleaned at the bedfeather cleaners´ is that the used filling material such as damaged down and feathers is replaced. Moreover, the specialist can tell you whether it still makes sense to clean the pillow or if you should better purchase a new one.
 
If you have used your pillow for a long time already, you should consider to buy a new one. Basically, pillows that are stressed for hours night after night, should be replaced after 5 years at the latest.
 

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Trocknen Waschen

My pillow has an unpleasant smell after it has been washed. What might be the reason for this?

The reason why for instance pillows develop an unpleasant smell after they have been washed and dried, might be that the down and feathers have not been dried completely. In this case it is advisable to wash them again and dry them thoroughly until they are completely dry.
 

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The reason why for instance pillows develop an unpleasant smell after they have been washed and dried, might be that the down and feathers have not been dried completely. In this case it is advisable to wash them again and dry them thoroughly until they are completely dry.
 

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Waschen

Do I have to wash my new down and feather duvet before initial use?

No. Top-quality down- and- feather-filled duvets and pillows have been processed in such a manner that they can be used immediately. The Daunasan® / Downafresh®, brand documents that the filling has been processed with respect to hygienic aspects. The NOMITE brand proves that the product is suitable for persons suffering from an allergy to house-dust-mites.
 

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No. Top-quality down- and- feather-filled duvets and pillows have been processed in such a manner that they can be used immediately. The Daunasan® / Downafresh®, brand documents that the filling has been processed with respect to hygienic aspects. The NOMITE brand proves that the product is suitable for persons suffering from an allergy to house-dust-mites.
 

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Hausstaubmilbenallergie Waschen

Do bedding products suitable for house- dust-mite-allergy sufferers have to be washable at 95°C?

Bedding products for house-dust-mite-allergy sufferers should be washable at not less than 60°C (follow care instructions on the label). Allergens are removed during each washing cycle. To remove the mites, however, temperatures of at least 60°C are necessary.
The Association of German Allergists (ÄDA) recommends to these patients to regularly wash their duvets, bed linen etc. at at least 60°C.
Bedding products for house-dust-mite-allergy sufferers should be washable at not less than 60°C (follow care instructions on the label). Allergens are removed during each washing cycle. To remove the mites, however, temperatures of at least 60°C are necessary.
The Association of German Allergists (ÄDA) recommends to these patients to regularly wash their duvets, bed linen etc. at at least 60°C.
 
 
To this, the following is stated in the guideline of the coalition allergy prevention (Aktionsbündnis Allergieprävention):
"Bedding should be washed at temperatures of at least 55°C (...), preferably at temperatures exceeding 60°C (...). A study performed by Stazi et al. could establish a protective effect in wheezing patients [whistling noise during the expiration phase] when the linens were washed at temperatures exceeding 60°C (...). At this temperature, maximum decrease in mite concentration could be observed in comparison with lower temperatures“.
 
  • Source: Borowski, C./Schäfer, T.: Allergieprävention. Evidenzbasierte und konsentierte Leitlinie. München 2005

 

Aufbewahrung

Are down and feather duvets damaged when they are compressed during the transport?

To save space, bedding products can definitely be compressed during the transport which is the same thing that happens during the sleep: Though the down and feathers are compressed, they stay resilient. If they are fluffed up afterwards, they will quickly recover their old shape.
 
However, down and feathers will be damaged, if they are compressed and stored for a long time that way.
 
To save space, bedding products can definitely be compressed during the transport which is the same thing that happens during the sleep: Though the down and feathers are compressed, they stay resilient. If they are fluffed up afterwards, they will quickly recover their old shape.
 
However, down and feathers will be damaged, if they are compressed and stored for a long time that way.