A silk comforter is a luxurious addition to any bedroom ensemble. Only silk offers a pleasing reflection of light, as well as a silky feel to the tactile senses. That being said, there are some things to consider before opting for a silk comforter over a more versatile fabric, such as cotton.

I wouldn’t recommend a silk comforter that is one piece, as opposed to silk duvet covers that fit over down filled comforters. If you opt for a one piece silk comforter, you will have difficulty cleaning the comforter, as you will probably have to take it to the dry cleaners quite frequently.

Though many types of silk comforter are all right to wash with water and detergent, not all silk can be washed with water without causing blotching. Only lighter shades of silk should be washed with water, as the darker and richer shades of silk comforters are much more likely to blotch while drying.

Before washing a silk comforter or silk duvet cover with water and detergent, it is a good idea to perform a test of color fastness in order to determine if the silk will stand up well to washing with water.

To perform a color fastness test, simply dip a portion of the silk into tepid or cool water ComforterExpert . Place a piece of white cotton fabric on top of the silk and press firmly. If there is only the smallest amount of color transfer, or none at all, the silk comforter can be safely washed using water and a very mild detergent.

Once you have finished washing the silk comforter, be sure to remove it soon after the cycle stops. Roll the silk comforter in a towel (or multiple towels, as needed) to remove excess water. Hand the still-damp silk comforter or duvet cover in an airy place that is not in direct sunlight or direct heat to complete drying.

There are many duvets and one piece comforters that are made from blends of silk and cotton. These can be more comfortable as well as easier to wash with good results. Any comforter that has cotton will be more breathable and so less likely to cause overheating during sleep.

Whether you choose a cotton comforter, a silk comforter or a silk / cotton blend, you should take some time to consider what type of down duvet will be most appropriate for you. Duvets are generally rated by the weight of down with which they are filled. The greater the ounces of down, the warmer the comforter we be.

Since down is such an efficient insulator, you may not need as thick a silk comforter as you may think at first. Down’s remarkable ability to insulate, while not causing overheating in warmer weather is due to the feathers trapping little pockets of air.

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