When it comes to shopping for essential dorm room items, bedding is probably on the top of everyone’s lists. As you peruse the aisles filled with different bedding options, you may be wondering which type of twin XL comforter is best for your needs. When making your selection, some things you will want to consider include desired longevity – do you need this comforter to last you all four years of college and beyond? Are you looking to update your bedding every year? Another thing to reflect on is the convenience of washing your comforter. Different materials require different levels of care when it comes to cleaning. Common questions among college students revolve around the laundering of bedding – especially comforters. Read on for some tips on washing different types of comforters.
- Polyester Comforters
Many dorm comforters are simply made of bonded polyester layers sewn to decorative fabrics. Read the tag for specific washing instructions, but these comforters can generally be machine washed and dried. They are also inexpensive to purchase. Just don’t expect them to last past your first year, or for them to keep you warm in the dead of winter. They are made to be disposable, so there is no need to use any special care methods here. One tip for helping these comforters to last a little bit longer is to tumble dry on low heat rather than high heat, or hanging them to air-dry.
- Plush Comforters
Plush or novelty fabric comforters are similar to the polyester comforters in terms of longevity and level of care needed when it comes to washing. They are made to be disposable, so the washing method is the same as mentioned above – machine wash and dry, but do not expect this type of comforter to last you longer than one year. If you are looking for a simple, basic comforter that you plan on throwing in the dorm washing machine and dryer, then this is the option for you. For those with allergies, plush comforters may not be the best material, as the plush tends to retain many allergens.
- Down or Down Alternatives
This type of comforter is held in the highest regards in the bedding world. Down comforters are very lightweight, yet very warm and cozy. They will also last you for years. Because of the high quality of the material, you will want to be sure to wash with care here. Many tags on these comforters will recommend that you take them to a professional cleaning service to be washed. If this is not an option for you, or if you need a last minute cleaning job, you can wash these on your own. If you have a very large comforter, you may need an extra-large, front-loading washing machine. Wash the comforter alone, on the delicate/gentle cycle. Use warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Be sure to put it through the rinse cycle to ensure that all of the detergent is removed. You may want to put it through two rinse cycles. Tumble dry on low heat or hang to air dry. Throw a couple of tennis balls into the dryer with the comforter to help fluff the feathers throughout the drying process.
- Duvet Covers
If you have a down comforter, you may want to invest in some duvet covers in order to change the color or pattern from time to time as well as simplify the washing process. Simply remove the duvet from the comforter and check the tag for any special instructions. For cotton duvets, you can use any standard detergent, and these can be washed and dried with similar materials.