Guide to Washing Down & Feather Pillows

Guide to Washing Down & Feather Pillows

Luxury feather pillows and down pillows add a soft and luxurious look and feel to your bedroom ensemble. And while these popular pillows are oh-so-pretty and offer many nights of comfort, they do need to be properly cared for to maintain their plush feel and fresh smell.
Fortunately, if you are wondering how to clean down pillows and if you can wash feather pillows, the answer is yes…and it needs to be done at least once a year. This will get rid of any dust mites and bacteria that naturally occurs in the down bedding, as well as dirt, sweat, stains, and oils from use.
Here are some tips to teach you a little more about your luxury down bedding and how to properly care for your down pillows to ensure they look and feel their best and last throughout the years.

What is the Difference Between Down Pillows & Feather Pillows?

Before you can properly care for your bedroom pillows or luxury decorative pillows, it is important to know a little about the material they are made from. Although the terms down pillows and feathers are often used interchangeably, and there are some similarities, there are some differences between the two types of pillows that should be noted. For instance, both types of filling often use the same feathers, but the shape and feel of down clusters is very different compared to those of feathers.

  • What is a Down Pillow? - Down is a soft grouping of fibers made from goose feathers that come from the undercoating of the bird. These down clusters have insulating qualities due to the design of the feathers and the soft fibers that traps air for a fluffy fill.
  • What is a Feather Pillow? - The filling of feather pillows comes from the wing and back feathers of geese. These feathers are flatter and heavier than down, and also provide a soft and fluffy filling for pillows. Feathers tend to lose their shape a bit faster than down.

How to Clean Down Pillows

Down products respond well to cleaning, which is great news for fans of the luxury pillows made from it. They are so easy to clean and care for, which adds to the many reasons we love down bedding so much. This natural pillow filling is not only great for the plush, soft support it offers, but for its super easy maintenance.

The best and easiest thing to know when learning how to clean down pillows is that they were made to be cleaned right in your washing machine, making it so easy and quick to do.

How to Wash Down Pillows & Feather Pillows

Can you wash a down pillow? The luxury bedding experts at Peacock Alley hear that question a lot. And the answer is - yes! Washing your luxury pillows actually reinvigorates them and can restore them to their original fluffiness. Since most down and feather pillows will fit in a standard home washing machine, taking care of them is a breeze. Here’s how:

  • Remove Covers – Before washing your down pillows, be sure to remove any pillow cases or coverings they may have.
  • Inspect Pillow – Check your feather pillows for any obvious rips or tears that may allow feather filling to escape during the wash cycle. Repair them with a needle and thread before washing.
  • Balance Things Out – When washing down pillows, it is important to wash two pillows at the same time, as this will help balance the washer tub and allow better performance. Be sure to load pillows vertically so that they are not bothered by the agitator in the washer. Front-loading washing machines with no agitators work best, but any washer can be used as long as the pillows fit properly.
  • Gentle Works Best – Choose a low-sudsing laundry detergent when washing down pillows to avoid soap residue and to avoid having the feathers clump together. Also, make it a point to use less detergent than you normally would and set your washing machine to the delicate cycle to take care of the feather filling.
  • Water Temperature – While hot water works best to kill any dust mites that might be living inside your down pillows, it may also damage the feathers. If this is a concern, use warm or cool water when washing down pillows instead.
  • Rinse and Repeat – It is a good idea to use an extra rinse and spin cycle when washing down pillows. This will get rid of any excess moisture and soap residue on the feather filling.

Can You Dry a Feather or Down Pillow in the Dryer?

Yes! The ever-so-easy to care for feather or goose down pillows can be put in the dryer and will turn out beautifully with a few easy tips.

  • Remove the excess water from the down pillows by placing the pillow between two towels and pressing down on it. This will force out the water in the pillow, which will be soaked up by the towels. Be careful not to twist or wring the pillows, as this may damage the down feathers.
  • Place the feather pillows in the dryer, using a delicate cycle like the low-heat or no-heat setting. While the no-heat setting may take several cycles to get the job done, it is the safest way to dry feather pillows. If you choose the low heat setting for quicker drying, be careful, as even this seeming harmless setting may cause damage to the feather filling.
  • Check the pillows often and take them out of the dryer to fluff them between cycles. Beating the pillows will help to break up any down clumps inside and allow for better drying.
  • The use of dryer balls when washing down pillows is a great idea. It will help keep the pillows fluffy.
  • Once dry, fluff the feather pillows and massage any clumps to remove them. Holding the down pillow by its corners and shaking it also helps remove feather clumps.

How to Freshen A Down Pillow

Between washings, it is a good idea to freshen down and feather pillows. Simply put your down pillows in the dryer with a damp washcloth, three dryer balls, and your favorite fabric softener sheet. Tumble dry on low heat for 15-20 minutes for fluffy and refreshed pillows for your bedroom.  

Peacock Alley Is Your Source for Luxury Down Pillows, Feather Pillows and High-End Bedding for Your Home

Down pillows are not only popular for their ultra-comfort and support, but also for their ability to add style and class to any décor. Peacock Alley offers an amazing selection of quality fabrics and classic designs that will complement any bedroom. Peacock Alley is your source for luxury feather and down pillows that are designed to complement our upscale bedding ensembles to elevate the comfort and style of any room.