Some manufacturers claim that their duvet – pillows, quilts, blankets and bedspreads – is hypoallergenic, but to be considered hypoallergenic, the bed must not induce or cause allergic reactions for the public. It is impossible to make something 100% allergy free because there are many unique forms of allergens – such as bleaching of fabrics, real duvet or feather allergies – hence the term hypoallergenic really means mostly hypoallergenic for most consumers.
What makes hypoallergenic beds?
There are two secondary topics to keep in mind: the outer fabric and the filler material.
- Outer fabric – Feather bedding requires a higher thread count fabric that is very resistant to allergies because it prevents many household allergens from getting into bedding. This high thread count fabric must be tightly woven because it must prevent the duvet from leaking out.
- Filling material: duvet, feathers or both. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has specific cleaning standards for feather and feather padding. These guidelines ensure that organic and inorganic materials are kept below specific levels.
Who cleans the duvet?
Most of the down padding is developed by companies specializing in the washing of the padding. Duvet manufacturers have industrial-grade washing and drying machines specially designed to wash, clean, sanitize and dry very soft filling material. The soap used by these purifiers is a unique German quality soap specially made for the sanitization of the down filling. Some manufacturers use their own labels for quality control and are usually subjected to third party verification audits by companies specialized in down testing (IDFL is an example).
How are hypoallergenic beds maintained?
We recommend that you wash your bedding regularly to keep it hypoallergenic. Washing your sheets regularly in hot water and high heat drying cycles is a great way to remove household allergens, dust mites and other sources of allergies.
Since feather bedding should be dried an additional cycle to remove all moisture, you may not want to wash it weekly. We recommend using protectors and duvets to keep your pillows and quilts hypoallergenic. When washing feather bedding, be sure to use a degreasing soap such as Dawn liquid soap. It is very important that the feather bedding is dried at least twice, and between one dry and another fill the filling to make sure it is loose and equally dried.
So if you have allergies, hypoallergenic bedding might still be an option for you, but if you find out that you’re too sensitive to it, you have options. You can also find comfort in the many alternative bedding products on the market.