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Brinkhaus Bed Linen - Care Instructions

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Taking care of your Brinkhaus Product

Congratulations on choosing a Brinkhaus product, the finest of its type. Brinkhaus has been established over 160 years and Brinkhaus are known as a maker of finest quality bedding. Brinkhaus are the only fully vertically integrated bedding manufacturer in Germany which means that Brinkhaus control their quality to the highest standards in all aspects of production. To be branded Brinkhaus our products meet stringent quality control criteria for all components from the fine yarns used for the down, feather and fibre proof casings to the standard and correct composition of the final filling. You will get very many years of use from your Brinkhaus products if you follow the simple yet essential guidelines listed below:


DUVETS
NATURAL FILLINGS

1. Always use a duvet cover to protect the casing from perspiration, soiling and wear.

2. When making the bed give the down filled duvet a good shake to fluff the filling and create air movement which freshens the filling. As we move and turn in our sleep the light weight down fillings can move with us, the action of shaking up resettles the filling into its correct position. Natural fibre or fleece filled duvets should not be shaken, as this may tear the fleece.

3. Regularly air the duvet in the open air to freshen it, this is a very important factor in the care of the duvet. Airing enables the filling to fully release absorbed humidity, renew itself and restore its capacity to absorb the moisture we give off in our sleep. Avoid strong sun when airing outside as this can over dry the filling. In strong sun down can become brittle and break, thus loosing vital loft for insulation. Only air in dry weather conditions, enabling the down and the natural fibres to release the absorbed humidity.

4. Never sleep or sit, regularly or for prolonged periods on top of the duvet – this causes matting of the filling and reduces the effective life of the duvet. If pets are allowed on top of the duvet, the same effect will occur.

5. When aired regularly natural products “breathe”, cleaning is therefore required if the duvet is actually soiled. If the soiling is light the duvet can be “spot-cleaned” using mild washing powder such as “Dreft”. Use no bleach. Also beware normal household detergents contain brighteners (called “optical brightening agents”) and bleach, these strip natural products like pure down of their protective lanolin coating and cause them to go brittle. The area once cleaned should be rinsed well and dried thoroughly (for example a warm hair dryer, never hot, held away from the surface of the duvet, could be used to create air movement for drying). Whilst drying the filling should be moved by hand to promote warm air circulation and to prevent the filling from matting whilst drying.

6. If cleaning of the duvet is necessary, we recommend professional cleaning, largely for practical reasons. However, the down filled products can be cleaned by washing. Use a washing machine with a minimum drum capacity of 7 kg, for a single duvet and larger as required. You may need to use a commercial machine for this purpose. Wash using a gentle washing cycle (max. 60°C) use a mild soap powder like “Dreft” (do not use detergents which contain optical brightening agents). Wash the duvet separately, do not mix with other items in the wash, and add 2-3 clean tennis balls to help movement of the down in the machine. Rinse well and dry thoroughly, a large tumble dryer can be used, on a low temperature drying cycle (never hot).

NOTE
We do not recommend hand washing as a wet duvet becomes extremely heavy and difficult to manage. Washing or dry cleaning will not revitalise your down duvet. Cleaning is a detrimental process and should be avoided if at all possible – the life of your duvet is shortened every time it is laundered or dry cleaned. Daily fluffing and regular airing is all that is necessary under normal circumstances.


DUVETS
SYNTHETIC FILLINGS

1. Always use a duvet cover to protect the casing from perspiration, soiling and wear.

2. When making the bed gently create air movement which freshens the filling. Do not shake strongly which can cause the filling fleece to tear.

3. Regularly air the duvet in the open air to freshen it.

4. When required or necessary the duvet can be machine washed. Use a washing machine with a minimum drum capacity of 7 kg (single size). You may need to use a commercial machine for this purpose. Wash as polyester on a 60°C wash cycle, wash the duvet separately, do not mix with other items in the wash. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. A tumble dryer may be used for drying: use a low temperature cycle (never hot).

PILLOWS
PURE DOWN AND DOWN FEATHER FILLINGS

1. Always use a pillowcase to protect the casing and reduce the need for cleaning. Please note some pillow protectors contain synthetic materials in the quilting and therefore can reduce the effectiveness and benefits of natural fillings.

2. When making the bed give the pillows a good fluff to redistribute and air the filling. Regular plumping up and fluffing helps prevent the gradual matting of the natural filling and preserves the resiliency and life of the pillow.

3. When necessary we recommend that the pillow be professionally cleaned. Spot cleaning can be achieved by hand washing using a mild non biological washing powder. Use no bleach. Also beware, normal household detergents contain optical brightening agents and bleach which can remove the natural lanolin protection of products like pure down and cause them to become brittle. The most important aspect of washing the pillow is that it is thoroughly dried. We recommend tumble drying on a low temperature cycle (never hot), until the pillow is completely dry and aired. Washing your pillow will not revitalise it – it is a detrimental process and should only be undertaken if the pillow has become badly soiled. Regular ‘plumping’ is all that is necessary to keep your pillow in good condition. Brinkhaus products are guaranteed against manufacturing defects during their reasonable useful lifetime. It should be noted that this guarantee does not extend to the use of the product if the guidelines for care shown above are not followed.

 

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