Washing your down comforter – Health and Contentment

Why Down?

Down and feather as a filling material for comforters and pillows have had a very long tradition within Middle Europe. Nature has given geese and ducks a dress of feathers as a means of protection against the cold and heat. According to their structure and construction down and feathers are made in a fashion that a wonderful system of small air channels and air pockets are formed. This leads to a perfect heat-insulating layer.

  • Up to today, first-class down are still the lightest and most natural filling material: less weight – high volume. For example, a million down only weigh about one kilogram.
  • Down comforters regulate the micro-climate ideally.
  • Down absorb the spent humidity of the body and quickly pass it on to the room air.
  • Down comforters are very cuddly and fantastically light.
  • Kauffmann down duvets are extremely easy to care and washable at 60° C / 140° F.

But what distinguishes down from feather?

The word “down” comes from Icelandic and is a layer of very fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers of waterfowl. It consists of small tufts of light and fluffy filaments, which – unlike feathers – have no hollow shaft and no rachis. Therefore, down is cuddlier and, because of its fine ramifications, stores much more heat than feathers.

Warmth Category Recommendation

KAUFFMANN down comforters are available in the categories light, medium, warm and extra warm. An example of how you can determine your personal warmth category: You weigh 75 kg and sleep at a room temperature of 18°C / 65°F. Your personal warmth category would be MEDIUM.

We speak of sewn-through duvets in the warmth category light and medium. As to the warmth categories warm and extra warm of so-called baffle box duvet. These duvets have been made with a special inner wall, which connects the squares with each other. This enables higher fill quantities and prevents cold spots from occurring on the seams.

Types of Comforters

Only two types of comforters are used.

Sewn-through-comforter:

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Sewn-through-comforters are made of separately sewn squares. This construction is classified in the warmth categories “light” and “medium”.

Baffle box comforter:

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Baffle box comforters are made with a special inner wall, which connects the squares with each other. This construction then has the advantage that the comforter can be filled with more down, which prevents cold bridges at the seams. Baffle box comforters are classified to the warmth categories “warm” and “extra warm”.

Comforter Sizes

KAUFFMANN down comforters are available in different sizes. Whether for a single, twin, queen or king size bed – in our collection you can find all the sizes of corresponding models.

You can use the following recommendations with respect to the size of your comforter:

  • If you use a single, twin or bunk you would need a down comforter with the width of 135 cm.
  • For a double or full sized bed, we recommend a down duvet with the width of at least 200 cm.
  • From a queen to king sized bed our suggestion is to use at least a width of at least 230 cm.
  • For larger sized beds comforters with the width of at least 260 cm is required.

Generally spoken your down comforter should be at least 50 cm wider as your matrass.

Choosing the right size of your comforter not only depends on the length and width of your matrass but it also depends on your body height. This means having a body height of 180 cm would require a duvet of 200 cm in length. Taller people should rather choose a duvet with a length of a minimum of 220 cm. As a thumb rule, it is important to know that a comforter should be at least 20 cm longer than your height.

Pillow Sizes

Pillow sizes vary from country to country. The most common standard sizes of down pillows start from 30 x 40 cm up to 50 x 90 cm or 14″ x 22″ up to 20″ x 36″. We can offer a large choice of sizes and even the filling and the levels of hardness of the pillows can be customized. In order to be able to choose which size and style pillow fits you depends on your favorite sleeping position and your personal wishes.

When choosing a pillow it is very often the KAUFFMANN Trio Pillow De Luxe 3c which can be found in our collection. The interior filling of our Trio Pillow is made of selected first-class down and feathers and offers premium support. Surrounded by the finest down, the exterior filling offers the most pleasurable sleeping comfort.

Of course, you can also get couch pillows in the standard sizes of 40 x 40 cm up to 60 x 60 cm or 16” x 16” up to 24” x “24”.

Washing your down comforter

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Based on the many hours in which we use our down duvets and pillows in life they require very little care. Following these tips, your comforters will give you many years of enjoyment:

Shaking up your comforter

Shaking up your comforter on a daily basis is enough to loosen the down filling and to remove any humidity that may be left.

Airing

We recommend airing your comforter and pillow regularly – the weather permitting, outside in the fresh air. Make sure that there will be no exposure to direct sunlight, fog or rain.

Do not beat or vacuum clean it

Please do not use a carpet beater or a vacuum cleaner. Otherwise the fine pored fabric structure would be destroyed and cause the down to come through the fabric. The comforter would thus loose its durability.

Washing your comforter in a washing machine

Standard washing machines and dryers with a capacity between seven and nine kilograms allow you to wash your down comforter up to a filling of 650g yourself. Comforters that have more filling than 650g need to be taken to the dry cleaners as the wash cycle will require an increased drying capacity.

Before washing your down duvet, please check the washing instructions as well as the filling volume of your comforter, which is shown on the etiquette of your Kauffmann down comforter.

When choosing a laundry detergent, please choose one that has been especially made for down and feathers. As an alternative, you may use a wool detergent as wool as well as down and feathers consist to a large degree of Keratin. Never use a normal detergent that would destroy the protective grease film. Also never utilize a conditioner as it would cause the down to stick together.

Only use about 1/3 of the normal amount of the laundry detergent as this is totally sufficient for a normal contamination and besides will help you to save money and protect the environment.

It is usually fine choosing a delicate program on your washing machine and selecting a washing temperature of 40° C corresponding to about a 100° F. If you want to be sure that your down comforter and pillow are not only clean but have also been eliminated of any existing dust mites, you should rather choose 60° C or 140° F.

After having washed your down comforter, it is important to put it into a dryer for about 45 minutes. Afterwards shake it once and then put it back into the dryer for a further 20 minutes. You could also put a tennis ball into the dryer, which would help loosen the down, which are still wet and sticking together. Please repeat the 20 minute drying procedure as often as required until the down duvet and pillows have been completed dried. This may take three or four times.

Certifications and Transparency

For Allergy Sufferers

Nomite

The Nomite brand guarantees that KAUFFMANN complies with the criteria of the German Institute for Standardization in accordance with PAS 1008, DIN EN 13186. This means that our down duvets and pillows are perfect for those suffering from allergies. The down-proof fabric prevents invasion by house dust mites, and the rapid decrease in the humidity when the bedding is aired ensures a climate that is hostile to mites. Please wash your down comforter at regular intervals at home or by utilizing a dry cleaning service.

NOMITE is a sign of the Association of European Down and Feather Industry.

Hygiene and Purity

Daunasan

This quality symbol documents that only feathers and down are used, which comply with the requirements of hygiene and purity in accordance with the European DIN-norm EN 12935. Prerequisite for this is a careful water laundry process, which is followed by a drying sequence of at least at 100° C.

All KAUFFMANN down comforters and pillows bear the Daunasan® symbol. This means that not only do we comply with requirements pertaining to processing and hygiene – we also guarantee to put our down and feathers through constant quality tests performed by independent hygiene laboratories.

Daunasan is a sign of the Association of European Down and Feather Industry.

Composition and Fabric Tightness

Textiles Vertrauen

The Hohenstein Institute is an accredited testing laboratory and research institute. Work focuses on the one hand on the textile testing and certification and on the other hand on the research and development of textile products and their applications.

Investigations at the testing laboratory for down and feathers at the Hohenstein Institute focus on central quality features like composition, poultry species, and capacity.

In addition, the cleanliness and hygiene of the filling material as well as the tightness of the bedding shell are checked. The down and feather testing laboratory is also involved in European standardization activity and related to the work of international feather and bedding associations. Internationally it is recognized by the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) as well as by the Association of European Down and Feather Industry (EDFA).

IDFL - Supply Chain Traceability Certificate

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Tips for a good night’s sleep

How to sleep fantastically

In order for you to have a sound sleep we are developing new ideas all the time, which we put into action by innovating down comforters and pillows. We have put a lot of interesting facts together so that you can go to sleep more easily.

Sleeping Environment

Tip 1 – Take care of a comfortable sleeping environment

Your bedroom should always be dark enough. Before going to sleep, we recommend airing your bedroom sufficiently so there will be enough oxygen in the room. The optimal room temperature should be around 18° C or 64° F. Your mattress should correspond to your personal needs – some people prefer a hard mattress rather than a soft one. In addition, we would also recommend a top-quality adjustable slatted frame or a corresponding box-spring bed.

Always be sure to have regular sleeping times and do not do any sport right before going to sleep, as it would otherwise stimulate your cardiovascular system too much. It is much better to have a time of leisure between your sport activity and going to sleep, so that your body can relax.

Do not get disturbed

Tip 2 – Do not get disturbed

Think about precisely what could interfere with your sleep and try to avoid it. For example: Think about noise, smell and light.

Even using a joint comforter together could disturb your sleep very much due to the movements of your partner. In this case, you should think about getting a larger mattress or two separate mattresses.

Another tip against being disturbed would be to use earplugs. Even if it does not seem to be so noisy at your home, it could be possible that you are not conscious of traffic or other noises disturbing you. Therefore, choose earplugs that are not only comfortable but also give you the desired protection. Those earplugs can function as a kind of “sleeping-anchor”: Whenever you use them, your mind “knows” that you are ready to go to sleep.

Light Cuisine

Tip 3 – Enjoy a Light Cuisine

Take a light balanced meal for dinner. This does not stress your stomach and therefore should avoid letting you have any sleeping problems. There should also be a few hours between dinner and bedtime so that you can go to sleep easily. We do not recommend drinking any alcoholic or caffeine-containing beverages due to its stimulating effect. At the beginning alcohol helps you fall asleep quickly, however, it would interrupt your natural sleeping sequence.

Think Freely

Tip 4 – Try to think freely

Millions of people lay awake in their beds thinking about too many issues of the day. Try to find a habit that enables you to stop those thoughts gently. For example: Before going to bed, try to write down everything within 10 minutes, what is just going through your head.

Relaxing Properly

Tip 5 – Relax Spirit and Soul

Before going to bed, try to think about something positively or that will inspire you. Avoid watching or reading news, crimes or thrillers as these could cause you to feel an inner unrest. Instead, read a book that will inspire you positively or listen to a relaxing CD. This will help you to fall asleep easily and you will not carry negative pictures in your mind.

A Healthy Yawn

Tip 6 – Try to yawn naturally

Someone who knows how to yawn naturally, usually also knows how to fall asleep well. In order to active yawning deliberately, all you need to do is to move the tip of your tongue across the roof of your mouth by starting from the front part to the back. This will quickly lead to a yawn impulse.

Warm Feet

Tip 7 – Always be sure that you have warm feet

Even if a sleeping environment should rather be on the cool side as experts state – this does not apply for your feet. Cold feet may stop you from falling asleep – warm socks, a warm footbath or a massage will help you quickly.

Small Sleeping Habits

Tip 8 – Try to create good sleeping habits

Everyone usually has their own personal tricks how to fall asleep easily. Some of them believe that autogenic training or yoga is the answer, while others prefer to talk a walk. Choose what is best for yourself. How about a good old grandma’s recipe? Warm milk with honey is not only appreciated by children but also by adults.

In addition, a hot cup of tea made of valerian, hops, melissa or lavender blossoms will assist you positively. Just for you we will share our little secret:

Mix the following ingredients (available in health food stores or pharmacies) in a tea pot:
– 5 g Fennel Seeds,
– 5 g Caraway Seeds,
– 20 g Peppermint and
– 20 g Valerian Root

Take a teaspoon full of the above mentioned herbs, and then pour hot water over it. If desired, you may add a teaspoon of honey.

Getting Tired Easily

Tip 9 – Do not force yourself to fall asleep

Generally, only go to bed when you really feel tired. In case, you cannot sleep at all, do not toss or turn from one side to the other. If you still have not fallen asleep after 20 minutes get up and do something – maybe read a few pages of a good book or go outside and take a walk and look at the wonderful night skyline.