How Much Does it Cost to Dry Clean a Down Comforter?
Down comforter dry cleaning is something that is necessary for most people who have any size or sort of down comforter. A down comforter is a type of blanket that is filled with down feathers. These comforters are very warm and soft, which is why people enjoy wrapping up in one. However, one of the biggest problems with a down comforter is that most people have a hard time washing it at home. Whether it is due to the size, material, or because they do not feel comfortable washing it, it is probably best to bring it to a dry cleaner so that the job can be done right. The cost of dry cleaning a down comforter is really going to depend on the company, your geographical location and the size and brand.
How much is it?
- On average, a professional dry cleaner is going to charge around $20 to $60 to dry clean a comforter.
- For example, on a forum thread at Gardenweb.com, a few users claimed that they called up some local dry cleaners, and most stated that it would be around $25 to $60 to perform the job.
- Yuku.com has a few users that stated that they paid around $38 for their dry cleaning.
What is going to be included?
- Dry cleaning companies are able to clean comforters of all sizes.
- Typical turnaround times are going to be 24-48 hours, depending on how busy they are.
- Some dry cleaners will actually refuse the order if they deem the comforter to be too dirty.
- Many people that that because the process is called “dry cleaning” that the materials stay dry. However, it is only called dry cleaning because there is no water involved. The articles are actually submersed in a liquid solvent that was first used during World War II. This solvent proved to be a faster, safer, and more efficient way of cleaning.
- When you take your down comforter to the dry cleaners, the first thing that they will do it tag it so that it does not get confused with any of the other items in the service.
- Just like pre-treating your clothes when washing them at home, the dry cleaner will pre-treat any spots or problem areas on your down comforter.
- The comforter will then be placed in a machine to be cleaned in the solvent.
- After the washing, the stains and spots will be inspected once more to ensure that they are gone. If not, they will be further treated.
- Once all the washing is complete, the comforter will be dried, folded, ironed (if needed), and packaged.
What are the extra costs?
- If the comforter is made of a premium material, such as Egyptian cotton or a higher thread count, the cost can be a pinch higher.
- Pillows, duvet covers, and additional items can be additional. Plan on spending at least $5 per item.
Tips to know:
- If you are thinking of trying to wash your comforter at home, many claim that it is not a good idea because it can leave a “clumpy” feel after coming out of the dryer.
- Washing your down comforter at home can be dangerous since it can do serious damage to the motor of your washer. Because of its size and weight, the comforted could cause damage to the motor of your washer.
- Be sure to know how they are going to clean your comforter. Some are going to use commercial washer and dryers, while others will use a commercial tumbler. You are going to want to avoid those who tend to stick with the washer and dryers.
- Consider going to the local laundromat. They tend to have larger washer and dryers and can cost less than a few dollars a load. If going this route, however, just make sure that you are using a four-load washer.
- Protect your comforter with a duvet cover. This cover will protect the actual comforter from dirt and debris. Since a duvet is a lot smaller, it can be washed easier.
- It is best to dry clean a down comforter at least twice a year.
- All comforters are different. Make sure that you read the label to know exactly how you should clean it.
How can I save money?
- There are a million ways to wash your comforter at home that does not involve the washer and dryer. Most of the time, the supplies can be purchased for less than $15, and it can look just as good as if a dry cleaner performed the job. For example, one way to clean it is by washing it in the bathtub and letting it air dry on a clothesline. ApartmentTherapy.com has a way to clean it properly at home.
- Keep your eyes peeled for promotions and sales. Many companies are willing to cut deals for first-time customers.
- Call up a handful of dry cleaners in the area. Most are happy to give you a quote over the phone.
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