1. How often should I wash my pillows and comforters?

You should wash your pillows and comforters upon soiling or after any build-up of moisture in your room. Keeping your down bedding clean and thoroughly dry will prevent the build-up of dust or mold. We encourage you to use pillow protectors, duvet protectors, feather bed protectors, and mattress pads to create the most hygienic bed and to protect your investment.

2. How should I wash my pillows?

Down and feather pillows and Aquaplush® hypoallergenic down alternative pillows should be laundered if there are visible stains or noticeable odors on the pillows. They should be laundered in hot water and a mild detergent in a washing machine large enough to allow movement of the pillows in the drum. Pillows should be thoroughly dried to kill dust mites and to prevent mold growth. Down and feather pillows should be dried along with dryer balls or clean tennis balls in order to open up the down and create maximum fluff. Pillows should be laundered at least every 6 months. Even if down pillows do not need laundering, they will benefit from being placed in the dryer for 3 to 5 minutes on low heat to open the down thereby fluffing and refreshing the pillows.

3. I stored my down comforter for the winter and it started to smell. Why?

If you store your down and feather products (Comforters, Pillows, and Feather Beds), never put them in plastic bags or containers. Down and feathers are natural products – they need to breathe. If these products are enclosed in a plastic bag with no breathing holes, moisture can build up and they may begin to smell. Always store down and feather products in cotton bags or breathable containers in a dry area with proper ventilation. In the event your down and feather products do develop an odor, air them outside of the protector in sunlight or place them in the dryer on the lowest heat setting to absorb the moisture and eliminate the odor. Include three fresh tennis balls in the dryer to agitate the fill.

4. When I wash my down comforter, I can’t seem to get it to dry quickly. What do I do?

Use a front load dryer at its lowest heat setting and include three fresh tennis balls, a clean pair of white tennis shoes, or a similar item to agitate the fill. You may have to re-position the comforter in the dryer as it begins to dry. It is very important that you dry your comforters and pillows thoroughly in order to avoid mildew. This may take some time.

5. Is it true that you are supposed to change your pillows once a year? How often should I get new pillows?

If you keep your pillows clean, it is not necessary to replace them once a year. Pillow protectors used on all pillows will prevent soiling and the buildup of dust or moisture inside of your pillows. When cleaning your pillows make sure they are thoroughly dried to prevent any build-up of dust or mold. Wash your pillow protectors frequently. As long as your pillows are kept clean and free of moisture, you should not have to replace them for years.
However, pillows should be replaced if stains and odors cannot be removed by laundering. If foam pillows have lost their shape, become lumpy, or refuse to bounce back when folded in half, they should be replaced. When down or feather pillows have lost their fluffiness following drying, they should be replaced. Blankets and Stuff’s Aquaplush® and Rhapsody Wrap pillows should be replaced at least every 12-24 months as a result of the unavoidable accumulation of body oils, dead skin, and dust mites, in spite of laundering, as well as the loss of structure and shape.

6. What are Dust Mites?

Dust Mites are tiny bugs that live in your home. They measure 1/100th of an inch in length and feed off dust. Their waste is a major cause of allergies and asthma. They love warm, humid areas filled with dust. To prevent Dust Mites in your home, it is essential to keep your home free of dust and moisture. Pillow protectors and mattress pads help to keep your pillows and mattresses clean and free of Dust Mites. Clean the protectors frequently.

7. When I received my down comforter/pillow in the mail, it looked flat. I expected it to be fluffier. What do I do?

Just add air. Down is a natural product and needs to breathe. The down products have been compressed for shipping. All of the air has been pushed out. Just add air by fluffing your down product and letting it breathe outside of the packaging or any sheeting to fluff it up. Once the down clusters entrap air, they fluff up and regain loft. Comforters are made using only the finest quality all natural fills and fibers. With proper care, your down/feather products should last for many years.

8. How do I select the best down comforter for me?

Picking the best down comforter is a matter of personal preferences. All comforters are available in 3 weights: Summer Weight (light weight), Fall Weight (medium weight) and Winter Weight (heavy weight). Depending how you like your bed to look and feel, we can help determine the comforter that is right for you. Do you like a warm and fluffy bed, or do you get hot at night and like a lighter comforter? Do you like a tailored look for a platform bed? We have the comforter for you.

9. When I sleep on down pillows, my allergies act up and I have trouble breathing. Can I be allergic to down?

All products are cleaned using our CentroClean cleaning process that removes the allergens from the down and feathers. Often when people are allergic to down, it has not been cleaned properly or the product has not been cared for properly and has developed dust or mold, which is the actual cause of most allergic reactions. Often people are allergic to the dust not the actual down. If you do find that you are allergic to down, we would like to recommend one of our down alternative pillows and blankets. They are all hypoallergenic and filled with a spun imitation silk floss fiber. Consider Blankets and Stuff’s AquaPlush® Hypoallergenic Polyester Pillow, Fairfax Hypoallergenic Polyester Pillow, or AirDuci® Latex Surround Pillow.