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How to Store Comforters Long-Term

Properly preparing comforters for long-term storage keeps them clean until you are ready to unpack and use them again. Appropriate storage conditions also extend the life of the comforters, keeping them mold-free and protecting their fibers.

Clean comforters properly before storing them.

Properly preparing comforters for long-term storage keeps them clean until you are ready to unpack and use them again.  Appropriate storage conditions also extend the life of the comforters, keeping them mold-free and protecting their fibers.

When you are ready to use a comforter again, it will smell and look as fresh and clean as the day you stored it. 

  1. Wash the comforter according to its care label. The materials used in its construction determine washing instructions.
  2. Dry the comforter thoroughly according to its specific care instructions.
  3. Place the comforter in its storage bag if it came with one and you still have it. Use a breathable alternative such as a cotton bag if not.
  4. Store the bagged comforter in a dry area to protect it from mold and mildew.
  5. Tip

    When drying the comforter, take it out of the dryer every few minutes to fluff it and check for signs of overheating; some comforters can burn when dried for long periods of time.

    Warning

    Do not store the comforter in a plastic bag; it's not breathable and may trap moisture leading to mold.

Things You Will Need

  • Breathable storage bag

Tip

  • When drying the comforter, take it out of the dryer every few minutes to fluff it and check for signs of overheating; some comforters can burn when dried for long periods of time.

Warning

  • Do not store the comforter in a plastic bag; it's not breathable and may trap moisture leading to mold.

About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.

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