do you wash your comforter yourself or take it to the drycleaning house?

@Bebs08 (10689)
United States
November 3, 2008 10:12pm CST
I do wash some of our comforters but are too thick for our washing machine to work on it. I just dump it in the washing but only those that are not too thick that our machine can accommodate in. We have a newly bought comforter and it's too thick. We used it one time only a year ago during winter and I keep it after that. I never wash it nor take it to the dry cleaning house. I did not check either until this time if it is still good. Am sure that comforter is not that dirty because we used sheets or blankets underneath when we used the comforter. What do you think about this idea of keeping it without wash or dry wash it? I can;t put it in the washing machine because it is too thick and big than the rest of our comforters. I think, that type is not to be washed just dry cleaned only? I never inquire also if how much is the charge for dry cleaning. what can you suggest? I want your idea about this.
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@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
4 Nov 08
I go for having it drycleaned before keeping. Although it's not dirty in our naked eye but the mere fact that it has been used means it needs cleaning before keeping. Comforters are really too big and heavy for the washing machine to handle. The best way is to take to the dry cleaning house which we always do. We can't wash it by hands either. That would be so tough. We also use comforter during cold season only. It's costly to have comfortables drycleaned every now and then.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
4 Nov 08
hahah I'm sorry my friend, I send the same topic twice.. because i suppose to edit the other one but I hit the sent button I thought it did not work only to find out I have 2 the same topics.. anyway, back to the topic...... I know my friend it is costly to have it dry cleaned. We never used it since then, If only I can go to the dry cleaning house myself? I could have done it. Hubby has no plan of taking me there. Or he himself to go there? not in his mind. he just said next time until we forgets about it. Anyway, I never touch the comforter since I keep it in the attic. Maybe I will use my mylot earnings to have it dry cleaned...
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@zhaychel (610)
• United Arab Emirates
9 Nov 08
I wash our comforter in the house because I clean it so well. There are some laundry shops that doesn't thoroughly clean comforters because its so heavy. So to avoid experiencing this one, I rather wash, dry and fold our comforters. ^^,
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
9 Nov 08
oh!! really??? how did you do it when it is too heavy and big? I can't do it myself and my laundry machine can not hold a heavy material. Our machine is not a heavy duty.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
The local laundromat usually have high capacity machines for bulky items like your comforter and should cost way less than dry cleaning. Bedding needs to be washed in hot water periodically even though it does not appear soiled. An alternative is to wash it in your bathtub by hand. It takes awhile and a big stick to agitate it in the water, and you need somewhere to hang it up to dry but cost is minimal.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Oh well, I would try to find ways how to clean this one that it will not cost me much. thanks for the idea.
@sunniek (286)
• China
5 Nov 08
I prefer the drycleaning, it's not easy to wash them at home. But maybe not necessary to wash them year after year. As you say, if you use a sheet or blanket, and it's not dirty, you can just keep it without washing.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
yes, that's what I did, and I was not able to check it since then, I just remember it because it;s winter time again.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Neither. I take mine to the local laundermat. They have a bigger capacity machine. It works wonders getting comforters clean. And for alot less than drycleaner. Last time we did it, it cost about $2. And came out nice and clean.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
wow!! only $2? hahaha i wish we have the same charges in the place where you are now. Am not sure how much we could spend for this because it is thick and big.
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
I wash everything.I don't buy anything that has to be dry cleaned.Dry cleaning has become so expensive.Most washers now adays can hold a large compacity.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
well, our machine is not a heavy duty and it can't hold on that thick. Am sure it is expensive, but I have no choice just to keep it clean.
@samijo719 (1054)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I usually wash it at home. Our washer is fairly big so it fits in our washer just fine. I know usually you aren't supposed to but I don't have the time or extra money to take ours to a dry cleaner. If i had a super expensive one that required it I woul dtake it to be dry cleaned but ours has regular washing instructions so I just follow those.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Ours can not be done in our machine am sure of that. I think the best thing to do is to take it to the dry cleaning area. But I have to see to it that I can afford the cost,
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
4 Nov 08
It just depends on what its like and how big it is. I usually wash my comforters at home, but I have one that my sister gave me, and its really thick and heavy, and its kinda fancy, has fancy material and things on it, and I don't think I can wash it at home, I've been meaning to take it to the dry cleaners, but haven't done it yet. I'm not sure how much they charge for dry cleaning, I've never done it before, but I really do need to get the comforter over there. I'd say just get it dry cleaned if you don't think you can get it in your washer at home, thats if you think its dirty and needs cleaned.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Yes, that's what it is... sort like fancy comforter and very heavy. that's what I'm going to do, take it to the dry cleaning area.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
4 Nov 08
Hi Bebs! I did try to wash thick comforter once and gosh its like a week worth of house hold duties, lol. And it didn't end up smells good and I just ended up bringing to laundry shop, lol. I guess I just waste my time washing it. Now I only wash the light ones and bring the thick or heavy ones in laundry shop. About your one, I think its better to bring it in laundry shop.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
yes, I think that is what I'm going to do. But I have to inquire first if how much I would pay. If I would spend more than the amount to buy a new comforter? I will not take it there. am sure there are lots of sale after thanksgiving.
• Qatar
4 Nov 08
I do wash some of our comforters those are only thin those are thick i bring them in laundry shop i dont keep them without washing
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
yea, but I did it because we have no budget to pay for the dry cleaning.. I did not check if how much is the cost, It just came to my mind that it might be costly and we are in a tight budget. LOL
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
4 Nov 08
i wash my comforter myself as it's quite thin. it's just nice for the capacity of my washer. i'm not too sure if it'll be dirty if used just once. the main reason that my comforter gets dirty is because of my cats. they like to lie on the floor then go onto the comforter. so i've got to wash my comforter pretty often. thankfully i only use it for a few months when it gets chilly. i'm not too sure if all comforters can be washed using the machine. you might want to check the lable on the comforter. it can cost quite a bit to have it dry cleaned though. cheers
@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Yes, I think we might pay high cost, LOL. I never thought of checking the label too. Well, It is really thick, I could not dump it in our washing. I planned to take it to the dry cleaning house next time but I have to be sure I can afford to pay the cost.