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How to get wrinkles out of a comforter

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How to get wrinkles out of a comforter

Your comforter keeps you cozy and comfortable at night, so you’ll want to keep it clean and smelling fresh. In fact, dry-cleaning chemicals are hard on down, so that method isn’t recommended. Instead, head to the nearest laundromat with a large-capacity washer and dryer to tackle the job yourself. A comforter may sit inside of it’s packaging for a while before you get it. During this, the fill may have compressed, and the material may have wrinkled. And what you find is a wrinkled, compressed comforter that you won’t feel comfy to sleep under. Regardless of what the comforter is made of, wrinkles occur. There are a few ways to fix this problem and get a new comforter. These tips will help remove wrinkles, add fluffiness to the comforter and make it softer to the touch. Be sure to keep reading to learn all these suggestions before you return that new comforter.

How to get wrinkles out of a new comforter?

Wrinkles may happen to all materials if they are stored in a compact space. This is true also of comforters. A new comforter can be wrinkly and stiff. It might feel cheap and that is not something that you look forward to sleeping under. But it is not unsolvable! There are a few ways to save your wrinkled comforter.

Can you Iron a Comforter?

A quick answer: No, a comforter can not be iron. A duvet cover can be ironed, but the heat of an iron can ruin a comforter’s filling. It may get rid of the wrinkles, but you might melt or damage the comforter.

How do you get wrinkles without an iron?

So, the next obvious question is how to fix it without iron it. I will list some of them. Choose one of them an enjoy a soft, fluffy, wrinkle-free comforter. Before trying the following points, be sure to read the care instructions for your comforter.

Spray and Sooth

This is a gentle method and an excellent first step to getting wrinkles out of a comforter. This works well but might not remove the most persistent wrinkles.

Step 1: Make the bed with the new comforter

Straighten the comforter over the bed. Spreading the comforter on your bed will help even out the material and will stretch it a little.

Step 2: Spray it with water

Then, fill a spray bottle with distilled water. Sprinkle a mist over the comforter; you do not want to soak the comforter. Using tap water or saturating a comforter may leave water stains, that can damage it. Only mist distilled water onto the comforter to slightly dampen it. Washable fabrics don’t need much moistness to release wrinkles.

Step 3: Make it tight

Once the comforter is damp, pull on all the edges of the comforter with your hands to make it tight. Then, rub our the wrinkles on the comforter with your hands.

Hit The Shower

It’s similar to the previous one. Just hang the comforter in the bathroom while you are running a hot shower. The steam will help dampen your comforter, reducing some of the wrinkles. Be careful, do not put your comforter directly into the shower or wet it. Just lightly dampen the comforter with the steam.

Dry It

Read the care instructions on your comforter. If they say that you can use an automatic dryer for your comforter, you can place the comforter into the dryer with a wet hand towel or washrag and a pair of tennis balls. The water of the wet towel will evaporate in the dryer, loosening the wrinkles, and the tennis balls will help shift the comforter around to remove the wrinkles. Be extremely careful with this method, and do not use a setting higher than your manufacturer recommends.

Sleep With It

This is a slow method, but will not damage your comforter. Your body naturally releases heat and moisture through the night. This will help loosen the wrinkles in a new comforter. You can take it a step further and sleep with a wet dishtowel under your comforter. The heat from your body will make the moisture in the towel evaporate, moistening the comforter, and releasing the wrinkles.

Buy A Steam Cleaner

You may have noticed that the leading way to get rid of wrinkles is to get your comforter damp and warm. A steam cleaner does precisely that. You can then use your hands to smooth out the persistent wrinkles. This is the most effective way to get wrinkles out of your comforter.

Washing Comforter

Remember to read the care tag on the comforter before doing this. If the label indicates “dry clean only,” do not wash it. If your new comforter is down-filled, it may not be recommended to wash. In this case, use a duvet cover to protect a down-filled comforter, as down is not meant to be washed frequently. Put the comforter in the washer to spruce it up and get rid of wrinkles. Add sufficient laundry cleaner to deal with a medium load and wash the comforter as per the directions of the care tag. Choose an additional spin cycle after the last flush to remove overabundance water. Get rid of the comforter quickly after the last spin cycle finishes to avoid wrinkles. Shake it out delicately to remove extra wrinkles. Dry the comforter as per directions on the care tag, ordinarily at a low-heat context. Inspect the comforter half an hour; a synthetic comforter might take not precisely an hour, while a down comforter can take essentially more. Fluff up the down comforter every time you inspect it to prevent clumps and wrinkles. Get rid of the comforter from the dryer quickly, or wrinkles happen. Hang it over a clothesline if it isn’t totally dry, or put it back in the dryer. Put the dry comforter back on your bed.

Why is my comforter stiff?

When you get a new comforter, you want it to be fluffy and soft, not hard and compact. But, due to packaging, your comforter may look thin and hard. A thin, compact comforter will not keep you as warm as a thick comforter. Comforters work by creating little air bubbles that keep warmth from escaping. The fluffier a comforter is, the more of these air bubbles it can hold. An overly compacted comforter will not be efficient in keeping you warm. Here is how to make a new comforter thicker and softer. No matter which of these methods you use, know that a new comforter will get softer and more comfortable as time goes on. The more you use it, the more it will break-in, and the more comfortable it will be.

Shake It Up

Pick up the comforter by one end, and shake it around. Loosen all the fibers inside the comforter. If you notice any sections of a comforter that are clumped together, use your hands to massage them loose. The fill of the comforter must be evenly distributed, for a good night’s sleep.

Dryer and Tennis Balls

Again, before doing this, read the care instructions on your comforter. If they say that you can use an automatic dryer for your comforter, you can follow the next instructions. Place a few tennis balls into your dryer with your comforter and set it to the air-only setting. This is the setting where the heat is produced. This will shake up your comforter while the dryer spins and blows. The tennis balls will be thrown into the comforter, breaking up any sections that are clumped together. You can place a sock around each tennis ball to make sure that the lint from the tennis ball does not get onto your comforter. Otherwise, you may end up with little green flakes on your comforter.

Hang It Up

Hanging a comforter on a clothesline for a few hours on a sunny and windy day is a great idea. The sun will help kill off mold and bacteria that may be trying to grow on the comforter, and the wind will pass through the comforter, shifting the fill of the comforter. As you see, when you need to homogenize the fill of a comforter, shift the fill around and break up the bigger pieces, move the comforter around, and allowing air to pass through it.

Unwrinkling a Clean Comforter

Use some water to fill a spray bottle. Spray a light mist over the wrinkled comforter — sufficiently only to mildly damp the fabric of the comforter, and not soaking wet. Put the comforter in a huge limit dryer set to the minimum heat setting. Put some dryer balls or clean tennis balls if the comforter is down, to fluff it up. Get rid of the comforter 10 minutes later. In the event that the comforter is still wrinkled, spritz some more water on the surface and recheck it 5 to 10 minutes later, getting rid of it instantly to avoid extra wrinkles. Put the comforter on the bed or overlap it perfectly to put away while it still has no wrinkles; balling it up in a garments basket will bring about wrinkles.

How to Dry a Comforter without Shrinking?

Once you wash your comforter through the washing machine, the real challenge begins. You need to get your comforter dry without damaging it. Let’s clear some facts. The heat from the dryer doesn’t react well with cotton fabrics; it will quickly shrink with the heat. The best way to avoid shrinking is to remove the heat factor. This can be accomplished a couple of different ways:

Option 1: Dry it on “no heat” cycle

Dry the items on the “fluff” or “no heat” cycle, or dry them at the temperature suggested on the care label. It will take several cycles to dry the comforter thoroughly, but the lack of heat should preserve the shrinkage, damage, and wrinkling or puckering. Periodically throughout the drying process every half hour, it is important that you stop the dryer and fluff out your comforter to keep the stuffing from shifting all into one area and causing unevenness, ensuring that the comforter dries evenly. You absolutely need those tennis balls or shoes to spread and fluff your comforter while keeping everything balanced. After you run through the low heat cycle, if your comforter is still damp or has just a few spots that are not quite dry, hang your comforter on a line outside or on a drying rack inside your home. Then, your comforter will dry naturally, and you can avoid causing issues with the integrity of the fabrics and stitching.

Option 2: Air Dry

Lay the comforter on the bed and allow it to air dry. Flip it frequently. Adding fans or a heater will help speed up the drying process. Drape the comforter over a couch or a couple of chairs. This allows air to get up underneath the comforter and dry it.

How To Get Wrinkles Out Of a Comforter depending on it fabrics

If you decide to wash your comforters at home, do not put them in the dryer; the stuffing may shrink or become clumpy and uneven.  If line drying isn’t an option (especially in rainy or cold weather), take them to a dry cleaner for a thorough cleaning and drying. Always check care labels to see what the manufacturer recommends. But if the tag is long gone or if it never had one, here are some basic guidelines depending on it fabrics.


  • Comforters filled with cotton or synthetic fibers are usually the easiest to clean because these fibers are durable and hard to ruin.
  • Do not put in the dryer. It is recommended to line dry outside, preferably in the sun.
  • If line drying isn’t an option, take the comforter to a dry cleaner to be washed and dried instead, professionally.


  • Down comforters require special care to preserve the down fill and to avoid removing the natural oils in the down.
  • Line drying is best, but down comforters can be safely dried in your dryer. Some are dry clean only.
  • Use the lowest heat setting or no-heat tumble dry. This may take three hours or more to dry completely.
  • Throw in a few clean tennis balls or clean shoes to ensure the down fluffs back up again and prevent clumping.
  • Make sure your comforter is completely dry before using or storing—mildew can grow inside damp down and ruin it.
  • If your down comforter is old or is wearing out, take it to a dry cleaner instead.
  • It is essential to make sure the comforter is completely dry because mildew can form in the down if moisture is left too long.


  • Wool-filled comforters are durable but should never be dried in a machine.
  • Tumbling in a washer or dryer will shrink the wool.
  • Hang outside to dry, or lay the comforter flat.

Polyester fiber or poly/cotton blend

  • Check the care label—if it is not marked washable, do not put it in your washer.  It may be vulnerable to shrinkage or distortion.  Take it to a dry cleaner.
  • If it is dryable, follow the instructions on the label.

Other materials

  • If your comforter or duvet has silk, velvet, or wool—even as a small embellishment—take it to a dry cleaner to be cleaned safely.

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