How To Wash Your Duvet

It is a simple fact: duvets can harbour dust mites and bacteria. The thing is, if you have allergies, you should wash your duvet regularly. Even if you don’t, you still want to keep yours looking and feeling spick and span. 

It all depends on how much time and effort you want to spend on making sure that it is clean enough for you and your needs.

How to wash a duvet

You can wash your Silentnight duvet in the washing machine at home. You don’t necessarily need to take it to the dry cleaner and pay for professional cleaning services.

The first thing you need to do is check if your duvet is machine washable or not, as this can vary depending on the materials it is made from. If it turns out that your duvet isn’t machine washable then you should follow these instructions instead.


  • If you have a removable duvet cover, take it off first
    This will make the process much easier and ensure that you don’t damage any buttons or zippers on your favourite Silentnight bedding.

  • Don’t use fabric softener when washing your duvet cover
    It can cause build-up and decrease performance over time.
    Top tip: If you want to add something extra to soften up your sheets after they have been washed, try adding some vinegar or baking soda instead.

  • Check if there are any stains
    Look closely at your comforter or pillows before putting them in the wash. If the stains are too difficult to remove by hand then avoid using harsh chemicals. Bleach could damage your sheets as well.

How to clean a duvet

A duvet is one of the most difficult pieces of bedding to clean because it’s big and bulky. You will want to take extra care when washing your duvet so that it stays in good condition for as long as possible.

When choosing how best to wash your duvet, consider these factors:

Can you put a duvet in the washing machine?

Yes, you can put your duvet in the washing machine. However, it is important that you do so correctly to ensure that your duvet does not get damaged or shrink in size.

First things first: make sure that you have a large enough machine for the task. You will want at least an 8kg capacity washing machine if possible (this means most modern machines should be fine). If not, then consider handwashing or visiting your local laundrette.

Also, make sure that whatever method of cleaning your duvet uses has been approved by the brand. Some manufacturers only recommend dry cleaning while others suggest hand-washing only so it is best to check the care labels thoroughly first.

Can you tumble dry a duvet?

It is not recommended to tumble dry a duvet. If you really need to put your duvet in the dryer, make sure it is completely dry before putting it back in your duvet cover. 

Be aware that some manufacturers may advise against tumble drying their bedding and so it’s always best to check with them first if this method is suitable for your particular duvet.

Can you wash a feather duvet?

Yes, you can wash a feather duvet. 

If your duvet is made from cotton or polyester then it’s okay to machine wash on the gentle cycle with cold water. However, if the cover is made from down fill then it’s best to hand wash in cold water and line dry (or tumble dry on low).

Why? Feathers are super sensitive and need to be handled with care. They have no protective outer layer like down does so they are more likely to get damaged by heat during the washing process. 

Plus, they are very delicate which means they could clump together when wet or break apart after being exposed too long under running water. This would make them less comfortable when used as insulation against heat loss while sleeping at night – which is not ideal.

Spotlight on: Silentnight Feather and Down Duvet

Wrap yourself up in naturally luxurious comfort. Our Silentnight Feather and Down Duvet is generously filled with sumptuous duck feathers and down for superb softness and warmth.

The natural filling is wonderfully insulating, but also lightweight and breathable, to keep you at a comfortable temperature all night long. The breathable cotton cover not only provides superior comfort but it also contains antibacterial properties to protect you from bacteria and dust mites keeping you fresh.

Complete your sleep sanctuary

We hope you found this article helpful and informative. We know that cleaning can be a hassle. We want to make sure that you know the best way to care for your duvet so that you don’t damage your lovely bedding in the process. 

If you have any questions or concerns about washing your Silentnight bedding, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Sleepy People.


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