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Machine wash your comforter and other bedding

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Most Samsung washers are equipped with a Bedding cycle intended to wash bulky items like comforters, duvets, pillows, blankets, and sheets. These are general guidelines for the washing and care of your bedding. You should refer to the care instructions provided by the manufacturer of your comforters, duvets, and pillows for the best results.

Note: Even though your washer may have a Bedding cycle, the material you need to clean may be too delicate for your washing machine. Though it's more expensive, you may want to consider having your comforter or duvet dry cleaned.

Down comforters, duvets, and pillows:

When you first unpack your down comforter or duvet it may appear wrinkled and flat. You can restore your bedding by shaking it or fluffing it in your dryer on Wrinkle Prevent. If you're using your dryer, add a couple of dryer balls or rings to help fluff the feathers. Air it out for a few hours outside on a clothes line or comforter rack, if you have one, before using it for the first time and then every few months thereafter.

With proper care, your down bedding will give you years of comfort. For long term storage consider using a vacuum storage bag. It keeps the bedding flat to save space, but more importantly it's going to keep it clean and dry. 

  • Washing your down comforter or duvet - You should wash your comforter or duvet about 2 to 3 times a year. An easy way to remember is to wash them when the seasons change. If you plan to machine wash your down, wash it separately regardless of size. Use Warm water and mild detergent on a Bedding cycle (never use bleach). You may have to rinse the comforter or duvet more than once to remove any excess detergent.

  • Drying your down comforter or duvet- Use a Low heat cycle in a large-capacity dryer. Use dryer balls or rings to help fluff the down feathers. To help it dry evenly, remove the comforter or duvet from the dryer halfway through the cycle and reposition it. We suggest airing it out on a comforter rack for a day or two after the drying cycle to ensure that it's completely dry. 

  • Down and fiber filled pillows - Sorry folks, these are dry clean only. Air out down or fiber pillows for a day or two before you begin using them and then every few months thereafter. Take your down and fiber pillows to a reputable dry cleaner. Using a pillow cover will protect your pillows and make them stay cleaner longer. You can wash the pillow covers in your washing machine.

Cotton comforters, duvets, and pillows:

With proper care, cotton comforters, duvets, and pillows will last for several years. Use pillow covers to extend their life and cut down on the need to wash. For long term storage consider using vacuum storage bags. 

  • Washing your cotton comforter or duvet - Comforters and Duvets need to be washed 2 to 3 times a year. Just wash them once each season. Wash your comforter or duvet separately regardless of size. Use Cool/Cold water (Warm/Hot water may shrink and damage your bedding) and a mild detergent on a Bedding cycle (never use bleach). You may have to rinse it more than once to remove any excess laundry detergent. Remove immediately after the cycle and shake it out before drying to prevent wrinkles.

  • Washing your pillows - Pillows should be washed every 3 to 6 months or right after you have been sick. We recommend washing pillows in a front load washer and loading them into the tub horizontally. This lowers the chance of an unbalanced load. If using a large capacity top load washer, we recommend only washing 2 pillows at a time to help keep a balanced load. Wash your pillows using Cool/Warm water and a mild detergent on a Bedding cycle. Remove the pillows immediately after the cycle and shake them out to help them regain their shape. 

  • Drying your comforter or duvet - Dry on a Low cycle in a large-capacity dryer. To help it dry evenly and save time, remove from the dryer every 15 minutes or so and reposition it. Then remove it from the dryer while it’s still slightly damp to keep it from shrinking.

    Note: We suggest airing it out on a comforter rack for a day or two after the drying cycle to ensure that it is completely dry.

  • Drying your pillows - Dry on a Low cycle in a large-capacity dryer. To help keep your pillows nicely fluffed use dryer balls or rings. Remove them from the dryer while they’re slightly damp to keep them from shrinking. Airing them out on a rack for a day or two after the drying cycle will ensure that they’re completely dry.

Poly comforters and pillows:

Polyester comforters can last for several years. For long term storage consider using vacuum storage bags. Polyester filled pillows can also be washed in your machine, but make sure you always wash more than one to balance the load, otherwise you'll want to hand wash. You can also use a pillow cover to protect the pillow and just wash the cover as needed. 

  • Washing your Comforter - Your comforter should be cleaned 2 to 3 times a year or once a season. Wash your comforter separately regardless of size, use Cool/Cold water (Warm/Hot water may shrink and damage your comforter) and a mild detergent on a Bedding cycle (never bleach this item). You may have to rinse more than once to remove any excess laundry detergent. Remove the comforter immediately after the cycle and shake it out before drying to prevent wrinkles. 

  • Washing your Pillows - If you are keeping your pillow cover clean, your pillow only needs to be cleaned 1 or 2 times a year unless you spill something on it. Treat any stains with a stain remover and work it in with a brush. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Make sure you wash at least 2 pillows in a top load washer, or add some towels to a front load washer to prevent an unbalanced load. Use Cold or Warm water, a small amount of detergent, and the Delicate cycle. Also, use an extra rinse to get all the detergent out of the pillow.

  • Drying your comforter - Dry on a Cool/No Heat cycle in a large-capacity dryer. To help your comforter dry evenly and save time, remove from the dryer every 15 minutes or so and reposition it. Finally, remove it from the dryer while it’s still slightly damp.

    Note: We suggest airing it out on a comforter rack for a day or two after the drying cycle to ensure that the comforter is completely dry.

  • Drying your pillows - Fluff the filling before you put the pillows in your dryer. Add dryer balls and use low to medium heat. Stop and re-fluff the pillows every 15 minutes. It will take much longer than a normal cycle to get the pillows completely dry, and if it's nice outside you can set the pillows in the sun for a final dry.

Sheets

Sheets can make or break your bed. These are what you spend most of your time in, so they need the most attention. Sheets should be changed and washed at least once a week.

Washing white sheets - Gather your white sheets together and check the label for care instructions. White cotton sheets are safe to wash at any temperature, but if it is cold or flu season, you'll want to use Hot water. Use the Whites or Normal cycle and a mild detergent to wash the sheets. Add your favorite liquid whitener like bleach or even hydrogen peroxide to the bleach compartment if the sheets are stained. Make sure to take the sheets out and shake them when the cycle completes.

Washing color sheets - First, check the care label for cleaning instructions. Light colored sheets can be safely washed in Hot or Warm water to sanitize, but dark colored sheets should be washed in cool water to prevent fading. Use the Normal cycle and a mild detergent for cleaning. Take them out and shake once the cycle is finished.

Drying sheets - Drying your sheets on High temperatures can cause wrinkling and shrinking. Always check the care labels to see what temperatures they can withstand. To help your sheets dry evenly, throw in dryer balls. It is best to dry sheets on a Less Dry or Low Heat setting.

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