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Down 101

Can’t decide which weight is best for you?

Summer Weight
Are you always warm at night? No more kicking off the covers!

- For those who sleep in warm temperatures
- For those with warm body temperatures

Regular Weight
Not too hot, not too cold. This one’s just right for you like Goldilocks!

- For those who sleep in moderate room     temperatures
- For those with moderate body temperatures

All Season Weight
The perfect companion for chilly sleepers.

- For those who sleep in cool temperatures
- For those with cool body temperatures

Winter Weight
Take charge those frigid winter nights!

- For those who sleep in cold temperatures
- For those with cold body temperatures

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF DOWN

 

A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

Remarkably soft, lightweight and warm, down is an extraordinary insulator that will keep you pleasantly comfortable through every season change. High quality certified down is hypoallergic.

BREATHABILITY

Down is superior and in a class of its own in its natural ability to breathe. Down allows water vapour to pass through without expelling warmth, down will keep you dry and at an optimal temperature regardless of the season.

LIGHTWEIGHT INSULATION

The tiny filaments that make up each down cluster interlock and thereby trap pockets of air, keeping the cold out and warmth in. Down is nature's most effective insulator.

RESILIENCE

Down is both compressible and resilient. It will conform to your body while you are sleeping and bounce back to its original, fluffy shape during the day and is ready to welcome you back with the same cozy quality each night. No other material regains its “loft” like down.

LONGEVITY

With proper care, St Genève down products will outlast any other insulating materials. Here at Beddazzle Bedroom & Bathroom Studio we have recovered duvets up to 150 years old, with the filling still in excellent condition.

QUALITY

All of these extraordinary things about down are much more noticeable in higher quality down vs lower quality down.  Be sure to always purchase the best quality down within your price range.

 

USE & CARE

With the proper care our bedding, linens, and down materials have the potential to serve you for decades. Follow our professional tip guides and recommendations to ensure the longevity of your luxurious goods.

 

DUVET CARE

DAILY CARE

When you first unpack your St Genève duvet, it may seem a bit flat.  Give it a couple of days and it will puff up and stay lofty for years. Refrain from sitting on your duvet. If you wish to store it, pack it loosely and use a fabric bag.  

Protect your duvet by always using it with a duvet cover – the duvet cover should be laundered once or twice a month depending on if you use a flat sheet or not. This will keep your duvet

clean, and it will only need to be washed if it has been soiled.  Rotate your duvet when you change your duvet cover to ensure even wear.

Can I wash my down comforter at home? Yes, however you first should ensure that your washer and dryer are large enough to accommodate your down duvet.

Drying, in particular, can be cumbersome and inconvenient and we recommend taking your duvet to the dry cleaner for ease.

 Note: If you have silk ticking on your duvet, it can only be dry cleaned. Eiderdown should not be washed too often, and we recommend protecting your investment with a high quality duvet protector.

WASHING 

Before washing your duvet, be sure to check it for any tears that may allow the down to spill out. If you find a rip, repair it before washing. Use a mild detergent. We recommend Tide Free and Gentle, which is hypoallergenic and without dyes or perfumes.

Front Loading Machine (Preferred Method)

Before washing your duvet, be sure to check it for any tears that may allow the down to spill out. If you find a rip, repair it before washing. Use a mild detergent. We recommend Tide Free and Gentle, which is hypoallergenic and without dyes or perfumes.

In a Front Loading Machine (Preferred Method)

If you do not have one, head to a laundromat or a friend’s house. There are two reasons for this: in a top-loading machine, the duvet may get air bubbles and float to the top, preventing a thorough washing. Second, the agitator may damage your comforter.

Wash on a delicate cycle with warm or hot water. Note: Warm water will wash away allergens, but will not kill dust mites. If this is a concern for you, you can use hot water to wash your duvet – just not too often (you don’t want the outer shell to shrink)!

Run an extra rinse cycle; this will help to make sure that any residues from your detergent are rinsed out and to expel any excess water. Residues from detergents can cause deterioration to the fabric and can ‘gunk up’ the fibers in your down.

Do not use fabric softener, bleach, or detergents with bleach, whiteners, or alkaline detergents.


Use of a Top Loading Machine is strongly discouraged. In a top-loading machine, the duvet will float to the top and will not be washed thoroughly. Second, the agitator may damage the baffles.


DRYING

Make sure that your dryer can accommodate the dry size of your duvet. Dry them on the delicate cycle, low or medium heat. Because of how large comforters are, this may take several hours. Add dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help fluff the comforter as it dries. In between cycles, pull out the duvet and feel it. If you find that any large clumps are forming, you can shake it or use your fingers to break up the clumps. Be sure to dry completely before use. After your duvet is cool check if you feel any damp spots (they may register as cool spots in the filling), your duvet is not dry. Using a damp duvet could lead to mildew and shorten the life of your duvet.

 

DOWN PILLOW CARE 


DAILY CARE

The first step in caring for your down pillows is to make sure you are using both a pillowcase and a pillow protector. Launder your case and protector frequently – we suggest weekly. Doing this makes your pillow a low maintenance piece of bedding that will last for years; it will only need to be washed if it appears to be soiled.

Fluff your pillow daily. When your pillow loses firmness it may be time to wash it. To see if it's time to wash your pillow fold it in half, if it stays folded or opens slowly it's time to clean it. As your pillow ages it will get softer. If you find your pillow is no longer comfortable even after washing it's likely time to replace it.

St.Genève pillows are machine washable* and come with the Superwash Certification. If you are washing a pillow from another brand, be sure to check the care instructions before laundering.

*With the exception of the St.Genève Eiderdown pillows

WASHING

Before washing your pillows, be sure to check them for any tears that may allow the down to spill out. If you find a rip, repair the pillow or place it in a pillow protector for washing.

Use a mild detergent. We recommend Tide Free and Gentle, which is hypoallergenic and without dyes or perfumes. Wash your pillows in a front-loading washing machine. If you do not have one, head to a laundromat or a friend’s house. In a top-loading machine, pillows will float to the top and will not be washed thoroughly. Second, the agitator may damage the pillows.

Wash two pillows at a time for better balance in your machine. Use a delicate cycle with warm water or hot water. Warm water will wash away allergens, but will not kill dust mites. If this is a concern for you, you can use hot water to wash your pillows – just not too often!

Run an extra rinse and spin cycle; this will help to make sure that any residues from your detergent are rinsed out and to expel any excess water. Residues from detergents can cause deterioration to the fabric and can ‘gunk up’ the fibers in your down.

DRYING

Squish out excess water using a towel; do not wring or twist your pillows. Dry them on the delicate cycle, low or medium heat. Because of how thick pillows are, you may need two or three cycles. Add dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help fluff the pillow as it dries.

In between cycles, pull out the pillow and feel it. If you find that any large clumps are forming, you can shake it or use your fingers to break up the clumps. Be sure to dry completely before use. If you feel any damp spots (they may register as cool spots in the pillow), your pillow is not dry. Using a damp pillow could lead to mildew and shorten the life of your pillow.

 

 

 

COTTON CARE

DAILY CARE

Fine bed linens are like a fine wine: they improve with age. As they are used, your St. Genève fine bed linens will improve in softness and comfort, unlike basic linens that are worse for wear. This process can take 8-10 launderings, after which they will be soft, smooth and naturally wrinkle-resistant.

Natural fibers, like those used at St Genève, are not fussy, but do require proper care. Follow these simple tips to get the most years and enjoyment from your fine bed linens.

We recommend washing your sheets once per week. Rotate your sheets. By letting your sheets ‘rest’ in between uses you will greatly extend the life of both sets, in addition to making laundry day a little easier!

 

WASHING

Avoid overcrowding your linens in the wash. Ensure your washing machine allows ample space for your fabrics, taking into account the size of your bedding.

Make sure there is enough water in the cycle. Many washing machines are water-saving, which causes added friction on the bed linens. Use maximum water settings.

Use very little detergent. Too much detergent may not rinse out completely and will cause buildup.

Do not use fabric softener, bleach, or detergents with bleach, whiteners, or alkaline detergents.

DRYING

Space out your bed linens. Dry only a single sheet set or a duvet cover with shams at one time. Do not use hot settings, use medium-temperature for washing and drying. Do not over dry.

 

 

 

 

100% LINEN CARE

WASHING

Launder whites, colours, and prints separately. White linen may be washed hot, and coloured linens should be washed at medium temperatures. Spin to extract excess water, and stretch damp articles to their natural size and shape before ironing.

DRYING

Tumble dry on low or line dry linen. For a softer, less crisp feel, remove from dryer while damp and hang to dry fully.

 

 

 

WOOL AND CASHMERE CARE

DAILY CARE

Keep wool and cashmere fresh and avoid unnecessary laundering by steaming in between washes. Do not iron as this may crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns, steam instead. Don’t worry about pilling: it may occur and has nothing to do with the quality of the product. It can be removed with a cashmere comb. The fibers should settle after the first couple launderings.

WASHING

If possible, turn items inside out when laundering. Choose the gentlest cycle possible or wash by hand. Use maximum water setting possible. Do not use detergents that contain dyes or other harsh enzymes. Don’t use a fabric softener as it will coat the cashmere fibers and cause excessive pilling.

DRYING

Air dry by laying it flat rather than tossing it in the dryer. Store in a breathable container with cedar chips or anti-moth sachets to prevent moths and mustiness. Don’t hang on the clothesline as this can stretch and warp the shape of your bed linen.

 

 

SILK CARE

DAILY CARE

Silk is so smooth that it actually sheds dirt and stays clean longer, so you don’t need to launder it as often as other fabrics. The reason that silk is so strong and light is that it is made of protein, just like you. And, just like you, it is sensitive to harsh cleansers. If you wouldn’t use it on your skin, don’t use it on your silk.

Do not allow silk to become heavily soiled. Silk can be weakened by perspiration and perspiration stains are almost impossible to remove. Keep your silk out of direct sunlight. Keep your silk away from perfumes, hairspray, nail polish remover, and deodorants, which can dissolve silk.

WASHING

Silk is best washed with a pure, gentle soap. In fact, hair shampoo makes an ideal detergent for silk. Use just a little, on your washing machine’s gentle cycle and medium temperatures (not hot or cold). Use the maximum water level. Wash and rinse at the same temperature. Do not wring.

 Only use a specialty detergent if it is formulated for silk. Do not bleach, or use any detergent that contains bleach. Do not use brighteners, fabric softeners, pre-soak products, inexpensive detergents, enzyme detergents or Alkaline detergents. Refrain from using specialty soaps such as ‘Lovelast’ are formulated for other fabrics and will often eat silk.

DRYING

When drying, use medium temperatures and select the gentle cycle on your dryer. Remove before it is completely dry and air dry the remainder. For garments and small bed linen items, such as pillowcases, it is wise to turn them inside out and use a large lingerie bag. If pressing is desired, press inside-out on medium temperatures. Do not wring.

 

BATH LINEN CARE

DAILY CARE

Open up your towels as much as possible and hang to dry after use. If they are left crumpled on the floor, they will not dry, and can even mildew.

Be aware that many facial creams and acne medications contain peroxides that will strip the colour out of any textiles, be they towels or pillowcases. If using these medications, stick to white towels.

Jewelry and nails are often the culprits for snagging towels. If pulls or snags should occur, simply snip them off. This will not affect the towel’s life.

 

WASHING

Wash your new towels before the first use. This will remove any finishes on the threads and will make the towel more absorbent. Use half the amount of detergent that you would normally use. This will prevent any detergent residue building up and help the towel maintain is absorbency. Towels wash very easily, so less soap will work just fine.

Wash on warm. This will extend the life of your towel significantly. Washing on hot will kill microbes, but it is also hard on the cotton fibers of your towel.

Wash towels by themselves. Otherwise the pile can snag on zippers and other items.

Do not use fabric softeners. They coat the fibers and make the towels less absorbent. Do not use bleach. If you have a tough stain, of course, you can make an exception. Follow the directions carefully.

Give your towels a shake as you take them out of the washer. This will open the towels out and they will dry more quickly and evenly.

 

DRYING

Don’t dry on high and avoid over drying. This is hard on the cotton fibers. Use your dryer’s medium or permanent-press temperature settings. It does take longer, but it is worth extending the life and comfort of your towels. Hang drying is not recommended as the towels come out stiff.