Cleaning Care & Suggestions
Your de' Medici bedding and soft home accessories will last for years if they are well cared for. de' Medici linens, inserts, and fabrics may be washed at home.The following key refers to de' Medici fabric cleaning code:
|S||Use mild water-free solvents or dry cleaning products.|
|SW||Use water-based cleaners, or mild water-free solvents or dry cleaning products.|
|W||Use only water-based cleaners; do not use solvents.|
|WS||Same as SW.|
The following products may be cleaned at home with care:
de' Medici Italian Fine Linen
We recommend that de' Medici's cotton products be machine-washed in a front-loading machine. Due to the chemical processes, dry cleaning and bleaching are not recommended for fine linen. For our non-cotton products, it is important that instructions are followed as per care label. Please note that de' Medici Italian Fine Linen products, as with most products made of natural fibers, have a tendency to shrink 4-6%.
Machine wash linens in warm water on a gentle cycle using color- and fragrance-free mild detergent or soap. Use enzyme reactive stain removers only. Do not use chlorine bleach or detergents with lighteners. Never pour detergent or soap directly onto your textiles. Either pour detergent in when the tub is full or dilute the detergent. Do not use fabric softeners. These only coat the fibers and make them "appear" to be soft. One cup of white vinegar in the rinse water removes all traces of soap and leaves fabrics smelling fresh.
The ideal way to dry linens is to air dry. A clothesline or rod is perfect for air drying, but you can use a railing or shower rod as well. If you must use a dryer, tumble dry on low for only a few minutes and do not dry completely. During the last few minutes of a dryer cycle the fabric overheats and dries out, making it brittle and lifeless over time. Always remove linens from the dryer while still damp, and then iron. For best results, use a spray bottle with water as opposed to the irons steam feature.
Comforters & Sleep Pillows
The first step to care for your down bedding is to keep the comforter protected with a duvet cover and the pillows with our Tenor Pillow Protector in addition to pillowcases. The extra layer of fabric which easily can be washed will serve as a protector from dust, dirt and body oils.
Frequently fluff your down comforter and pillows by giving it a few daily shakes. The steady flow of air will bring back its natural loft. On a dry breezy day, you may air de' Medici's down products outside, but avoid direct sunlight.
Frequent or improper washing of down can lead to excessive wear and tear and shorten its longevity and optimum performance. A properly cared for down product will only need washing every five years or so or only when soiled. We strongly recommend that our Basic Bedding products are cleaned by a professional launderer that is experienced with handling down. It is possible to wash down products at home, but residential machines are often too small and have an agitator which may harm your bedding. We do not recommend it, but if washed at home, use a front loading commercial style washer with non-bleach detergent on a gentle cycle. It is important to dry on low heat in a large machine until the product is completely dry; any lumps or smell of fill indicates dampness. Add a couple of clean tennis balls so that the fill moves as it dries.
Down does not like humidity. To avoid mildew and mold, we recommend a dry well-ventilated storage space. Do not compress down during storage; give your comforter and pillows enough space to air and breathe.