It is our pleasure to report that summer is upon us! Dry weather has arrived and with these warmer days comes an opportunity to air out and freshen your goose down duvet like never before. You may be wondering, what is the best way to go about doing just that? Well, here is our guide to refresh your duvet outdoors. Don’t worry! It’s a breeze!
The right conditions for airing out your bedding
The first thing you’ll need is the right conditions. It’s best to do it in the middle of a dry stretch. You want clear sunny skies and low humidity. If it’s cloudy or has rained recently, the air will be more humid and will not be as effective for airing out your bedding. A mix of sun and shade is ideal. If you hang your duvet a couple hours before the area becomes shady, you’ll be in good shape. A nice breeze is great as well. Bright, sunny, dry and breezy is the perfect kind of day.
Where should you hang a duvet?
Next you’ll need a place to gently hang or spread your duvet. A clothesline or a clean, taut rope is the best option, but if you don’t have one, there is no need to fret. A drying rack will do, or even a railing or fence if you put something over it first, to keep it from snagging or getting your duvet dirty. As a last resort you can also spread your duvet out on a large clean surface. You’ll just need to flip it over every so often.
Prepare your duvet for airing out
Be sure to gently shake the duvet out thoroughly before hanging it, and it’s also a good idea to beat your duvet with something to fluff up the down and loosen up any dust that has accumulated in it. We find the best device to give your duvet and good whoopin’ is a tennis or badminton racket. This should be done on a flat surface if possible and it’s important to be gentle so you don’t damage the interior structure of the duvet.
Let the fresh air work it's magic
Leave your duvet out for several hours (4-5 is about right) and it’s best to do it in the late afternoon or early evening when the sun isn’t too harsh. A little bit of sun is good though, as it helps to kill unwanted bacteria and germs.
You won’t believe what an improvement some fresh air can make to your bedding. You’ll notice the difference right away, and since it’s not recommended to wash your duvet very often, it’s important to get out there and freshen it up every summer!
Here is a checklist to make sure you have everything you need, and for more information on bedding and product care visit the St Genève blog here.