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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Cleaning Your Duvet Cover

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Tom Jauncey
Alexander Cho

When you’re exhausted after a long day of work, the comfortable embrace of a cozy bed at the end of a long day. Even the most comfortable pillow, however, can have its benefits negated by a low-quality, run-down duvet cover. To make sure your duvet covers stay looking beautiful and feeling fresh, a proper care and cleaning routine is necessary. In this guide, we’ll show you how to keep your duvet cover in top shape for years to come.

1. Understand Your Duvet Cover’s Fabric

Before diving into the washing instructions, it’s essential to understand the fabric of your luxury duvet cover. Most covers are made of cotton, linen, silk, or blends of these materials. Always check the care label; it provides specific cleaning directions based on the fabric.

2. Frequency Matters

While sheets and pillowcases should be washed weekly, a duvet cover can be cleaned every two to three weeks. This frequency can vary depending on personal preferences, allergies, or if there’s any spillage.

3. Pre-Treatment Steps

To maintain the vibrancy of your duvet cover, here are a few pre-wash tips:

Spot Clean: Before washing, address any visible stains by spot cleaning. Use a mild detergent, dabbing gently on the stain, avoiding rubbing.

Inside Out: Turn the duvet cover inside out to protect its colors and design.

Fasten All Closures: This prevents tangling. If your duvet cover has buttons, zippers, or ties, ensure they are closed.

4. Choose the Right Detergent and Settings

Mild Detergent: A gentle detergent is key. Harsh chemicals can damage the fabric and fade colors.

Wash Settings: Opt for a cold or lukewarm wash. For cotton, a cold wash is preferable, while silk or linen might require a warm setting. Ensure you use a gentle cycle.

Avoid Bleach: It may weaken fibers and cause discoloration. If you need to whiten your duvet cover, consider natural alternatives like baking soda or white vinegar.

5. Drying Tips

Air Dry: If possible, air dry your duvet cover. It’s gentler on the fabric and retains the fabric's integrity.

Tumble Dry: If you’re using a dryer, opt for a low heat setting. Remember to remove the cover while it’s slightly damp to prevent over-drying, which can lead to fabric damage.

Ironing: Iron your duvet cover while it’s still slightly damp. Ensure you have the right heat setting for the fabric. For instance, cotton can withstand high heat, but silk requires a cooler setting.

6. Storage Tips

If you have multiple duvet covers and rotate them, proper storage ensures they stay fresh and wrinkle-free.

Clean Before Storing: Always store a clean duvet cover to prevent any latent dirt or oil from setting.

Avoid Plastic: Plastic containers or bags can trap moisture, leading to mold or mildew. Instead, use breathable cotton bags or store them in a dry, cool place.

Fold Neatly: Properly folding your duvet cover prevents wrinkles and saves space.

7. Additional Care Tips

Rotating: Just like mattresses and pillows, rotating your duvet cover can extend its life. Flip and turn it regularly to ensure even wear.

Avoid Direct Sunlight: If you’re drying outside, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, as it can fade the colors.

Use Fabric Softeners Sparingly: While it might be tempting to use fabric softeners frequently for that extra plush feel, they can coat the fibers and reduce the fabric’s absorbency, especially if it's made of cotton. Instead, consider adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle once in a while. It naturally softens the fabric and helps to maintain the color brightness.

Combat Pilling Early: Over time, due to friction, some fabrics, especially synthetic blends, can develop small fabric balls known as pills. To maintain the smooth finish of your duvet cover, regularly check for signs of pilling. Use a fabric shaver or a pill remover to gently get rid of them.


Your duvet cover is more than just a decorative piece; it’s a barrier that protects your duvet, adds comfort to your sleep, and enhances the ambiance of your room. With the right care, it can serve you for years, looking as pristine as the day you bought it. 

So, the next time you’re snuggling under your duvet, remember the role its cover plays and ensure you give it the tender loving care it deserves. Good night! 

By Liliana Alvarez

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