A: Hand wash or machine wash the comforter separately in a large tumble washer. Use warm water and mild detergent on delicate without using bleach. Give it a thorough rinse before drying on low in a large-capacity dryer. Make sure your comforter is labeled machine washable.
A: Down is measured in ounces. Fill power measures how many cubic inches are filled with an ounce of down. For example, a comforter with 500 Fill Power takes up 500 cubic inches of space. Comforters with higher fill powers are fluffier and the extra thickness adds warmth.
A: Down comforters contain soft fluff from ducks and geese. Some use a blend of down and feathers. If you have allergies, choose hypoallergenic comforters filled with either natural or synthetic fibers. Down alternatives have the soft and snug feel of down without the allergy concerns.
A: Different sewing techniques are used to prevent bunching and keep the down evenly distributed throughout the comforter. Box-stitch comforters use stitched grid patterns to trap the down. Baffle-box stitch comforters use strips of fabric (called baffles) to connect the front and back of the comforter on the sides and keep them full. Sewn-through comforters don't have a baffle and are typically less expensive.
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