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Frequently Asked Questions

Topics
Does Down Cause Allergies?
What is the White, Dust-Like Powder that Appears When I Shake My Comforter?
Washing Your Down Products At Home
Can I Wash My Comforter and Blankets At Home?
What Kind of Soap Should I Use On Down Bedding?
How Do I Dry My Down Bedding?
Would It Be Better To Dry Clean My Down Bedding?
How Do I Clean My Down Alternative Bedding?
Protecting Your Down Products.
What Are the Advantages of Using a Duvet?
How Often Do I Wash my Comforter if it Covered with a Duvet?
How Do I Choose the Right Size Duvet for My Comforter?
Should I Use a Mattress Pad, Feather Bed or Fiber Bed Protector?
Anything Goes Miscellaneous
Why Does My Bedding Crinkle?
How does a product get to be called "Down"?
What is Carbon Neutral bedding

Allergy Questions
Does down cause allergies?
Most allergies and irritations are actually caused by dander and dust mites that penetrate into bedding, but because DOWNLITE uses only high thread count, tightly woven cotton fabric, dust mites and dander are not able to settle inside comforters or mattress toppers. Giving the bedding a quick shake will remove the irritants that can make you feel stuffy and itchy.

DOWNLITE’s strict cleaning standards remove 99% of all natural allergens from down clusters and feathers. There are a number of research studies that point to the fact that down bedding users actually are less likely to have allergen issues because of the nature of the high thread count fabrics we use to ensure no filling escapes the surface.

What is the White, Dust-Like Powder that Appears When I Shake My Comforter?
When down proof fabrics are woven, they contain a non-allergenic starching agent that is used to fill gaps in the weave that could allow down fill to escape. As the fabric wears and is washed the cotton weave naturally becomes tighter and the starching agent is rubbed out. Loss of starch is a sign that your comforter is aging well and that the fabric is naturally becoming stronger.

How to Wash Products -Down Product Washing
The first thing you need to know is that using a duvet will make your life easier for your comforter care and maintenance – not only do they allow you to just wash the duvet and not the comforter – but some are great for decorative reasons. Now that being said lets diagnose your washing needs based on the fill, thread count and size.
Can I Wash My Comforter and Blankets At Home?
All of our down blankets, even king sized ones, will easily fit in your home washing machine. Comforters larger than full size usually require an extra large washing machine, like those available at laundry mats. DO NOT WASH DOWN BEDDING PRODUCTS WITH REGULAR LAUNDRY DETERGENT.

What Kind of Soap Should I Use On Down Bedding?
DAWN liquid dish soap is the best product to use on down bedding because it removes oil and dirt without harming the natural fill. Regular laundry detergent can harm down bedding by breaking down its natural construction and loft. Try some products from DOWNLITE that are also safe for washing your down bedding. Another site such as Hoteldownshop.com also has products that gently care for your Down too. Check them out.

How Do I Dry My Down Bedding?
Down bedding products should be dried slowly and thoroughly. Using too high a temperature setting can scorch the cotton fabric. Place bedding in the dryer for at least two full runs, shaking between cycles to make sure all parts of the bedding are being dried. Do not remove from the dryer until you are sure the item is dried. If you take it out of the dryer before bedding is fully dried bedding fill can mildew. These care instructions apply to: Down comforters, Down mattress pads, Down pillows, Feather pillows, Down and feather pillows, etc.

Would It Be Better To Dry Clean My Down Bedding?
The chemicals used in dry cleaning harm down and shorten its life. We DO NOT recommend dry cleaning ANY down product.

How Do I Clean My Down Alternative Bedding?
Down Alternative Products should be washed just like down bedding. Use a teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap and toss them in the washing machine at home. NEVER DRY CLEAN DOWN ALTERNATIVE BEDDING. Feather and Fiber beds can not be washed at home and if properly protected using a protector and sheet should not require cleaning.

How Often Should I Wash My Down Comforter If There Is A Duvet Cover on It?
Ideally twice a year fall/spring cleaning routine. But even once a year is good. The duvet acts to protect your comforter so cleaning is needed infrequently. What is recommended is some occasional outside sunshine/air during the warmer time periods. With a duvet and proper maintenance it should be fine at once a year and even better with twice a year ($3 in quarters to wash at a local Laundromat with large capacity dryer.)

Protecting Your Down Products
What Are the Advantages of Using a Duvet?
Duvets serve two purposes. First they allow you to easily change the appearance of your comforter to fit any season or décor. Second, duvets keep natural body oils and airborne dust and dirt from touching your comforter, which means your comforter stays fresh and clean longer. Each week when you change your sheets, just remove the duvet (which fits on your comforter like a giant pillowcase) and toss it in the wash; you’ll have clean, fresh bedding every week with no hassle!

How Do I Choose the Right Size Duvet for My Comforter?
Buy a duvet that is one or two inches larger than your comforter. Most manufacturers have already matched the sizing for you; if you have a full size comforter buy a full sized duvet. Same for Queen and King sized bedding.

Should I Use a Mattress Pad, Feather Bed or Fiber Bed Protector?
Your mattress pad, feather bed or fiber bed protector acts just like the fitted sheet you place over your mattress now. The high thread count, tightly woven fabric, keeps body oil, dust and dander from dirtying the bedding beneath so you don’t have to wash it very often. Bedding protectors are easy to pull off and toss in the wash, giving you fresh, clean bedding every night.

Anything Goes Miscellaneous
Why Does My Bedding Crinkle?
The sound you hear is created by the extremely tight fabric weave. While the weave will remain tight for years to come, with use and washing, the threads will become softer and more pliable and the crinkle sound will disappear.

How Does a Product Get to be called "Down"?
The Federal Trade Commission states any product with at least 75% down clusters may be labeled as "Down". The remaining 25% are mainly comprised of down and feather fibers and small feathers (from 3-6 cm).

What is Carbon Neutral Bedding?
DOWNLITE is one the only bedding manufacturer seeking to develop zero carbon foot print manufacturing for bedding. For additional information on this initiative visit CarbonFund.org