A duvet is a warm blanket usually filled with goose or duck feathers. They are often used as bedspreads in the cold winter. A quality feather duvet is usually kept for many years if they are properly cared for. The best way to care for a duvet is to use a duvet cover. Thick blankets should also be released regularly and occasionally washed or dry-cleaned. When not being used, duvets should be stored in a bag to keep the air flowing.
After buying a duvet, it should be removed from its packaging and allowed to air from 24 to 48 hours. Duvets are usually packed tightly which cause the feathers to become tangled. Hanging out the duvet will help to restore feather to a fluffy, uniform distribution.
A duvet should be washed once a year to keep clean and fresh. Some styles are machine-washed, while others must be dry-cleaned. It is important to follow the instructions for cleaning to prevent the duvet being damaged. If the duvet is machine-washable, make sure it is completely dried afterward. This can be done by putting it in a dryer in a gentle loop or hanging up, depending on the manufacturer's instructions.
If the duvet is not being used in the warm season, it is important to store it in a bag allowing for air flow. Poor air ventilation can cause mildew growth inside the duvet, which will destroy it. When a feather duvet is taken out of storage it should be allowed to air out again, and then fluffed to restore the feathers. In order to further extend the life of the duvet, it can be fluffed daily when the bed is being made, and turned over regularly to prevent the feathers from settling.