The duvet filling is very useful in winter, as it is warm but not heavy. However, once the cold moves away, we have plenty of it. And then comes the problem: where do I keep something of such volume? We would need a large, tightly fitting cover to protect it from moisture and mites, and to have space in the house to store it. Most of us have neither; however, we do have a solution: semi-rigid or rigid vacuum storage boxes. They allow us to store the duvet and everything else we want, saving up to 75% of space and preserving it from harmful external agents. They are available in different patterns and also sizes, even with special under-bed storage and they’re stackable. In short, the optimum choice for storing duvet fillings and other bulky textiles. With the rest, like the duvet cover, there is no problem, it can be stored anywhere or we might prefer to continue using it, as we would probably choose it to match the colour of the walls or the headboard of the bed. However, if we prefer, it is not a problem to put all the bedding in the vacuum storage boxes.
Before storing the duvet filling, it is advisable to wash it. It is not advisable to clean it very often, as it could deteriorate, but it is advisable to do so before storing it. If not, it is possible that when we take it out again after the summer, we will find that it has yellowed areas and a closed smell. It is best to take it to a professional laundry, where they will know how to clean it without spoiling it and also disinfect it. If for any reason we are determined to wash it at home, we must have a washing machine with a considerable drum size, so that the filling can enter and we can close it without having to make any effort. And, of course, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
The duvet cover, on the other hand, can be washed at home without any problem, just like the sheets and pillowcase.
Once we have the filling clean and, this is important, well dried, we only have to follow these steps to store vacuum duvets:
- Fold the duvet filling and the rest of the bedding you are going to keep: duvet, quilt, bedspread, set of sheets, cover and mattress protector… You can even keep the pillow or cushions.
- We will open the vacuum storage box and extend the 3D compression bag. It is attached to the bottom of the box, has the opening at the top and, when placed vertically, remains in that position.
- Insert the textiles into the compression bag, without letting them exceed the height of the valve. Since the bag fits the box perfectly, so will the clothes we put in it.
- Close the bag by sliding the cursor over the zipper, which leaves it hermetically sealed. Thanks to this airtight seal, nothing can get in from the outside and your storage will remain dry and clean.
- Open the valve, connect the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner and turn it on. As the air is extracted, the clothes will gradually contract. Once it’s all in the box, you can turn it off and remove the nozzle. There is no danger of re-entry of outside air, as the nozzle has a non-return valve that prevents this.
- Put the lid on the valve and close the box. It will be ready for storage.