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Difference Between down and down Alternative Comforter

For anyone who doesn’t know: down comforters are and alternative down comforters serve the same purpose, but they are 2 very different things with notable differences.
I cannot begin to tell you the number of time people has bought the wrong type and kind due to having no knowledge about either of them. Here’s where I come to save you. There are many ways to know if the comforter you are holding right now is a real down comforter or an alternative one. And I will teach you how to distinguish between the two today so that you don’t return down buying the wrong comforter that is of no use to you. Let’s start the investigation!

Internal material

The first and foremost way to separate a real down comforter and an alternative down comforter is by the materials that have been used inside it.
A real down comforter uses the down, or you may know it as under-feathers, from various bird species. The most common downs include downs from duck, stork, turkey, goose, etc; Goose down being the most popular among the whole lot.
An alternative down comforter uses synthetic or natural, or a mix of both, to fill up the comforter. These can be made from rayon, polyester, cotton, etc.
However, the external material like the fabric, stitching, construction, etc, almost always looks the same between the two; which is what usually stirs up the whole confusion!

Warmth to weight ratio

The single most important purpose of a comforter, regardless of real or alternative, is to keep you from freezing into a Popsicle. And while both kinds succeed to do so, there are some stark differences in how they do it.
A real down comforter will provide warmth for you depending on ratings. You have extra warm, medium warm, all-season and so on. However, what decides the warmth is the fill power (e.g. 500 -1200) of the down inside the comforter. The higher the fill power, the warmer it gets. However, because real down comforters are made from down, they tend to be more lightweight. So, basically, real down comforters are warm and lightweight.

An alternative down comforter is not measured by fill power, however, they may or may not show ratings. Either way, alternative comforters will toast you with the same intensity of warmth like a real down one, but there is a difference: weight. Alternative comforters will always be a tad bit on the heavier side.
So essentially, both real and alternative comforters can give you the same quality of warmth, but they will differ in weight; real being more lightweight and alternative being heavier.

Down Comforter Allergies

One of the most important reasons to create the alternative down comforter was because of the health concerns that arise from using the real one.
Real down comforters use down which can trigger allergies in many people.
An alternative’s internal materials are made to never disrupt or agitate the user’s allergies or skin. It’s not called “alternative” for no reason!

Durability

Here’s where a real down comforter and an alternative one really part ways: lifespan!
A real down comforter is made of down and well, the real stuff. This is why it is expected to last you a very long time. The higher quality ones, like Hungarian down comforters, for example, could very well last you and your grandchildren until the very end.
An alternative down comforter, on the other hand, is durable too. And Yes, it will last you through several good years but it can very outlast a real one. Its interior begins to lose shape or disintegrate over the years faster than the real one.

Maintenance

Because they are made up of different materials, it is no news that you have to care for them in different ways too.
A real down comforter has to be dry cleaned. You must refrain from getting it wet or washing it. Dust it and leave it out to dry under the sun of you must.
An alternative down comforter can be cleaned far more easily and inexpensively. You can just chuck into the machine or even wash it yourself. It can also be cleaned more frequently than a real one.

Tip for the real one:

If you are looking for a comforter for your child, then opt for an alternative down comforter over a real down. This is simply because, this kind can be cleaned more often, thus, eliminating any discomfort from dust, bed mites, etc. But if you have taken upon yourself to buy nothing but the real one them at least refrain from buying the duck down comforters. A real duck down comforter is known to have tendencies to give off a weird and funky odor from it; something the kids may not be able to put up with.

Price

Finally, the all the differences between a real down comforter and an alternative one boils down to the price of each.
A real down comforter is made with real down, duh; they last longer and are more lightweight for the same warmth. This is why this kind tends to be more expensive than its alternative counterpart.
Fairly enough, alternative down comforters are heavier, lasts shorter than a real one and uses easily available materials making it more affordable and low-priced than the real one.

And these are some of the ways, the most effective ways nonetheless, to know if it is a real down comforter or an alternative one. I hope you will read through all the points and information laid down for you in this article and use them wisely when choosing a comforter or two for you and your family the next time you are at it.
I sincerely hope my effort to educate about comforters pays off soon. Thank you for reading along; hope you enjoyed the article thoroughly. Catch you next time, take care!

How to Wash & Dry Clean a down Comforter at Home

Lets’ be honest here, as much as we love snuggling under warm, toasty comforters; the idea of having to clean it after prolong period use is nothing short of daunting. That’s what I am here to fix today. Hello and welcome to my article and today, I will be teaching you how to wash and dry your down comforter!
So, what is it that make washing and cleaning your down comforters .. . . so scary? Well, to start off, these warm, toasty clouds of goodness happen to be made of out down, of course. Thus, apart from providing warmth, they also tend to be very fragile and delicate. One wrong wash, one you could end up turning your premium quality goose down comforter into a burlap blanket. So, here’s how you maintain and care for your down comforter so that it stay nice and new for years to come!

Detect the Need for Cleaning

Don’t just go around washing and pounding your down comforter on a regular basis just because you have to. Find a few very good reasons to clean it!If you suffer from skin sensitivities or allergies, then cleaning your comforter every month is recommended. But other than that, there is no need from such frequent cleanings. Begin by scouring out any stains, like coffee, ink, cat pee or whatever. Also look out for molds, rips or any dust build-up. Your down comforter should feel rather heavier and even smell a little after an extended period of use; especially true if you live in windy or warm, humid areas. Real down comforters should not be washed unless it’s very, VERY, dirty. However, if any of the following signs prevail, then you know your comforter deserves a good wash! Get it ready.

Pre-Wash Preparation

If you have noticed any rips or tears along any parts of the whole comforter then begin my stitching and sewing them up together. Cleaning and washing with open rips will end up tearing it even more, if not shredding it, in the machine.

Machine Wash Comforter

Put your down comforter into the machine. Make sure you don’t squash and pack the comforter; it needs to have plenty of space for thorough cleansing and easy movement. Packing it will cause the soapy water and to clean only the surface. It not be able to move properly to the motion of the washer either.Having a large washing machine with a spacious mouth is perfect for cleaning down comforters. Small machines can’t do the job quite as well.

Use a Mild Detergent or Cleaner

Refrain from using strong and harsh detergents in greed of trying to clean it better; it doesn’t work that way.Down comforter are stuffed with delicate, fragile and fluffy down that can deteriorate being washed by harsh chemicals. Use a soft and mild detergent under a warm cycle. You can add fragrance and perfumed soaps if your feel like your down comforter has a funny and funky odor to it.

Rinse a Couple of Times

After your comforter has had its time in the washer with the detergent and perfumed soaps, don’t take it out immediately.
Always remember that just one wash or rinse for a comforter is not enough to get rid of the soapy water it has been washed in; it is super absorbent and spongy and therefore, soaks in a lot of detergent water that can be washed away in one wash. Rinse it a few more times in a soft cycle; or at least twice. This will get rid of all the soapy water as well as the dirt and gunk residue.

Dry Clean down Comforter

Down comforters have a very bad reputation of being a slow dry product thanks to its fluffy interior. I recommend you air dry it slowly and fix and distribute the down evenly with your hand every now and then. Leave it out under the warm, toasty sun if you can.If you wish to machine dry the comforter then you can do that too. Just make sure set the drying heat to low. This will dry the comforter as evenly as possible. Drying it on high heat can shrink the comforter. Toss in a few tennis balls or dryer balls to fluff it up, if you can.

How Much Does It Cost to Dry Clean a Comforter:

Average cost to dry clean a comforter is $11 to $ dollar.But it depends on the size,soften ,goose down or not and other things.also it depend of the location you live.Most of  Laundry shop wash it below $20 dollar both queen and king size.

Tips for down Comforter:

More or less all down comforters will require a similar cleaning regime; something like what we mentioned above. But if you want to gift your comforter a few extra years then you can follow its care label to the T. It has all the details and information mentioned on its label in pictographs so you may want to look it up on the web to understand the complex ones.No matter how well you wash and clean your down comforter at the end of the day; professional work is always a level above. I would recommend you too give your comforter give for professional

Cleaning Every Few Years:

Sun dry your down comforter every now and then until it’s all nice and toasty. This will not only keep it warm and fluffy, but also help keep it nice and fresh from odors.
You may be very careful but chances are you will still spill a drop or two of coffee, juice, paint, food, etc, on your comforter. One way to protect it from stains and dirt is to cover it with a duvet cover or a light blanket. This layer will act as a shield for the comforter and help it keep cleaner for longer; reduces the need to frequently wash it too!

And with this, it’s a wrap to our article on how to wash and dry your down comforter. Yes, down comforter require a little effort to look after, but it all pays off when you finally snuggle under it, all warm and fresh, on cold winter nights.
I hope you enjoyed and learned a few things from the article today. Until next time!

Best Rated Comforter For summer warm climates

Choosing a down comforter, whether this is your first or your third or fourth, might seem intimidating because of the diverse classifications in down comforters. Here is a handy guide to give you the basic idea about how to choose a down comforter to help you narrow down your choices.

Exterior Fabric

Down comforters generally come in natural fibers such as cotton, silk, pima cotton, Egyptian cotton etc. But down comforters can be paired with synthetic materials as well. Microfiber material resists spillage and stains better than natural ones so if you’re on the clumsier side, opt for this option. Ultimately you should opt for the one that feels the best against your skin.

Comforter Warmth Level

Down comforters come in multiple options such as extra warm, medium warm and all season. You should get extra warm for winter. Medium warm ones are good during fall and spring seasons but with needed help in terms of an added blanket during colder nights. Light down comforters including the all season ones are good to sleep in all year long.
If your chosen comforter doesn’t have such warmth ratings, look for the fill power instead. The warmer comforters in general have thicker fill levels with a higher loft. A high fill power rating means more warmth. A comforter with a 650 fill power rating is going to be warmer than the one with a 500 fill power rating.

Comforter Thread Count Guide

Thread count is the number of thread woven into each square inch. The finer the thread the higher the threads count of the comforter, alternatively making the fabric lighter and smoother. The thread count of a comforter shows the texture and quality of the comforter. The quality comforters in general have a thread count of at least 260. Luxury comforters on the other hand have higher thread counts that result in weaves which are stronger and tighter to prevent down filling from flying everywhere.

Down Comforter Color

Down comforters are available in a range of colors. There is a variety of quilting styles involved as well, the most popular one being the baffle box style. This style is done in a way that the stitching runs horizontally and vertically through the comforter and this creates a quilt like effect.
Most down comforters are white in color to match the color of the filling of the down inside. You can keep it this way if you want to. Or you can get a cover in whichever color or pattern you like to add versatility and more personality to your bedroom décor.

Taking Care of down Comforter

There is range of care instructions which comes with down comforters. If you want one no fuss, it is better to opt for machine wash. If you like to get your laundry done by the professionals, you can prefer to get a dry clean only down comforter. Keep in mind that you don’t have to wash your down comforter frequently. If you want to make the washing intervals longer, you should buy a cover. Down comforters with covers obviously get less dirty compared to the ones with no covers. Washing of down comforters too frequently is not suggested by manufacturers either as it harms the condition of the comforter.

Appropriate Size

Before buying, consider the size of your bedding and the size of the comforter you will need to accompany that bedding. If your bed size is queen, you may consider getting a queen sized comforter for yourself. But you can choose to treat yourself with a king sized comforter as well, if you feel like it. Going with a larger comforter comes with the added benefits of a little extra length and width to wrap you in during the colder months.

Stitching Style

Some comforters are made with a baffle box designed stitch to hold the down fillings firmly in place so that they don’t shift around if you move in your sleep. The best down comforter is sewn with baffle style quilting pattern to provide depth to the down comforter and keep the goose down in one place. Cold spots occur when goose down settles. Baffle box styled stitching helps the filling stay evenly distributed to eliminate such cold spots.

Down Comforter Ideal Weight

This will vary based on where you live. Some places don’t get much cold even during the winter so buying an extra warm down comforter in such a place will be idiotic. Your ideal weight will depend on the warmth level. Summer comforters are thinner and thus lighter compared to the extra warm ones. Choose one that feels the most comfortable to you, as there is no clear cut answer here.

Appropriate Filling

Lightweight down comforters come with a mixture of filling inside. The mixture is made of feather and duck down in general. This is why they are both cost effective as well as good at providing the warmth. Your down filling should be based on completely your preferences. For instant, if you are allergic to dust mites and mildew, you should get a hypoallergenic comforter. These types of comforters have a special sort of down resistant shell fabric which keeps the feathers firmly in place inside the down comforter and reduces your overall potential of getting a runny nose with constant sneezing.

How to Buy a down Comforter

  1. Don’t worry about the color. The quality or performance of down comforter doesn’t rely on the white or grey down.
  2. A duvet cover will keep the comforter clean. It prolongs its life as well. It is much easier to wash the cover as well.
  3. Try to fluff your comforter on a regular basis by shaking and fluffing to expand the down fiber fill clusters with air.
  4. Let your comforter air outside in the open for a few hours for at least twice a year to maintain the freshness.
  5. Don’t put the down comforter inside a plastic bag as plastic bags trap the moisture in, leading to mildew attacks.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the comforter once a year before storing it away during the off season.

Conclusion

A down comforter will become a part of your routine for years to come. I hope this article will help you find a comfortable one.

What you don’t know about down comforters

Down comforter are becoming ridiculously popular among people today. It is a great way to turn a rough and stiff bedding into a soft, cloudy and plush of pure goodness. Many people swear by them and have finally found some good night’s sleep after year and years of struggling with the sheets thanks to down comforters. But there’s more.You may feel like you know it all but chances are you are like the millions of customers who walk into the store, pick the right sized comforter for your bed and get out. Which is why today, I will tell you what you don’t know about down comforters. Let’s begin our search for comforter knowledge, shall we?

What Is a down Comforter?

Down, simply put is the under feathers of birds. These features are the softest feathers on their bodies and have the capability to trap a lot of heat. This down is put into a comforter, which can now be called a down comforter, and used as a warm, soft and light blanket.

Best Type of down Comforter

Goose down

Goose down is the most popular type of down used in comforters. They are super soft, are beautiful white in color and are known to have a high fill power.

Duck down

Duck down is often used as a popular alternative to goose down. Down from the elder duck is proven to be most popular among all duck downs. Elder duck down has the highest fill power of all downs and have largest clusters.

Marabout down

Marabout down is probably one of the least popular downs. Though the marabout downs were once collected from marabou storks, manufacturers have moved to using turkey downs from it.

What Is down Fill Power?

You have been hearing a a lot of “fill power” being mentioned. Here’s what it is:
Fill power is used to measure the fullness and insulation or warmth of a comforter. It is the space that one ounce of down holds. So, if you get a comforter with high fill power, it means it has more warming and insulating power due to larger percentage of down clusters. Takes a look at the perfect fill power for you:

500-600 fill power

This is a relatively low fill power. Now, low fill power does not at all mean that it is low quality in any way; it is just less insulating. A fill power of 500-600 is perfect for people who live in a warmer climate of area of the world.

600-700 fill power

This fill power is best for people living in colder areas and may even prove to be too warm for people who live in 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

700 and over

These fill power is the most coveted and preferred for very cold and chilly areas. It is also very expensive as the supply is limited. The downs used in this fill power are sourced from molting geese which are kept for breeding purposes. These downs are fluffier and softer as well.

Down Comforter Warmth Guide

Down comforters comes in various ratings that tell you how much they are, and where and when are should be and can be used.

Medium warm

This rating is best for fall and spring seasons. Comforters with this rating are perfect for use in seasons and temperatures that are not too cold or too warm.

Extra warm

This rating is ideal for cold winters. These have more insulation power and can keep your warm through harsh, chilly temperatures.

All-season

This comforter rating is the most versatile and commonly used. It can be used all year round and in all seasons.

Exterior and visual appeal

If you are done choosing and decision on the internal materials, then you just might want to pay a little attention to how it looks and feels on the outside. It is good to remember that down comforters play significant role in your room’s aesthetics and decor.

Best Fabric for Comforter

Egyptian cotton, pima cotton, fleece and polyester are just some of the fabric that is used to encase your down. However, many people also lean towards luxurious silks and other expensive fabrics to encase the down and create a comforter that looks as good as it feels!

Stitching

Your comforter can be stitched in many ways: in strips, lengthwise, across, etc, etc. But the baffle-box stitch is the most traditional and timeless stitch used on them. Baffle-box is basically stitches that run both vertically and horizontally to create what looks like small square-ish boxes.

Fun fact

Down comforters are popular pretty much everywhere around the world. The US, UK, France are just a few to name. But a lot has to be said and thanked onto the makers so much beautiful and versatile products. Thank you, Hungary!Hungary is deemed one of the best makers of down comforters in the entire world. How come? Well this owes to Hungary’s harsh and intense winters which have caused their geese to adapt to the weather by producing much fluffier and warmer down! And top of this, these down also tend to be much lightweight compared their international counterparts. However, the best aspect of Hungarian down comforters is that they take care of their birds, are ethical and responsible towards them and does not practice cruelty in the process.
So, Hungarian down comforters is the way to go if you are looking for the most premium quality down comforters without the guilt!Down comforters are one of the best additions to your bedding and your sleeping regime as well. But, knowing enough and choosing responsibly can make all the difference in the world.And with this, it’s a wrap to our little arrangement today. I hope you enjoyed reading along and as well learned a few things you didn’t know about down comforters. Stay warm!