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How Much Does it Cost to Dry Clean a Comforter?

Last Updated on March 2, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Keeping your bedding fresh and hygienic is an important part of maintaining a healthy home. However, properly cleaning large and bulky items like comforters can be a hassle. Is taking your comforter to the dry cleaner worth the cost?

This article breaks down everything you need to know about dry cleaning comforters – from average pricing to tips for saving money.

How Much Does it Cost to Dry Clean a Comforter?

On average, expect to pay $15 to $30 to dry clean a regular queen or king size comforter, depending on your location and the cleaning service. Down-filled comforters tend to be on the higher end around $30 to $50 because they require extra care and handling.

Cleaning a whole bedding set with shams can cost $50 or more. Extra large oversized comforters may also incur additional fees.

According to Moneypantry, the cost of dry cleaning a comforter can vary depending on the size and material of the comforter. On average, it costs between $20 to $40 to have a comforter dry cleaned, with the average cost being around $30.

Prices Among Local Dry Cleaners

Prices can vary widely between different dry cleaning providers. In major metro areas, retail dry cleaning chains tend to charge higher rates. Independent cleaners and laundromats in neighborhoods outside city centers are often cheaper.

Get price quotes from at least 3 local cleaners before choosing one. Compare regular rates as well as any coupons, loyalty programs, or seasonal discounts offered. Also consider convenience factors – some cleaners offer free pick-up/delivery service for large orders.

Specific prices for different types of comforters on different websites:

Mulberrys Garment Care:

  • Comforter – $54.99,
  • Down Comforter/Pillowtop – $64.99,
  • Duvet/Comforter Cover/Bedspread – $39.99

Medlin Davis:

  • Comforter/Bedspread – Full – $32.88,
  • Queen – $37.47,
  • King – $42.28

Basics of Comforter Dry Cleaning

A comforter is a filled bed cover that is more substantial and thicker than a regular quilt or blanket. The most common comforter fillings are down (goose or duck plumage), polyester batting, or alternative down (polyester microfiber). These materials make comforters warm, cozy, and luxurious – but also more challenging to clean.

Trying to cram an oversized comforter into a home washing machine can damage the fabric and filling. The pounding agitation of a washer can cause clumping of down or alternative down. Excessive heat from machine drying can also damage delicate fabrics.

That’s why most comforter manufacturers recommend professional dry cleaning for proper maintenance. Dry cleaners use commercial-grade machines and gentle solvents designed for heavy bedding.

The dry cleaning process fully sanitizes comforters by killing dust mites, bed bugs, and other allergens. Steam pressing at the end leaves comforters fresh, smooth, and revived.

Types of Comforters and Their Cleaning Needs

Down-filled comforters require the most care to prevent damage to the delicate down. Dry clean a minimum of once a year to sanitize and refresh.

Synthetic-filled comforters are generally machine-washable. But dry cleaning is still recommended once or twice a year for deep cleaning.

Alternative down comforters with polyester microfiber fill can be dry cleaned a little less often – every 2-3 years. Their fill is more resistant to clumping and damage.

Wool, silk, or linen comforters should be dry cleaned at least annually to protect the fine natural fabrics. Always check manufacturer’s tag for specific care instructions.

What Does Dry Cleaning a Comforter Involve?

The dry cleaning process for comforters includes these steps:

  • Initial inspection for stains/damage
  • Pretreating any soiled areas
  • Loading into commercial-size rotating drum machine
  • Washing with gentle solvents (not water)
  • Rinsing away cleaning agents
  • Drying with motion and airflow (not heat)
  • Steam pressing flat
  • Final inspection and touch-ups

Factors Affecting Dry Cleaning Costs

Material and Size of Comforter

As mentioned earlier, down and feather-filled comforters cost more to dry clean than synthetic-filled versions. And in general, king or oversized comforters incur higher pricing than standard queen/full sizes. Some cleaners charge per piece, while others charge per pound.

Oversize and heavyweight comforters weigh more and therefore cost more.

You might also like our articles on the cost of dry cleaning in general, dry cleaning a blanket, or dry cleaning a wedding dress.

Local Market Rates and Service Quality

What a dry cleaner charges per comforter can range widely based on their location, overhead costs, and level of service. High-end cleaners in major cities charge higher prices. But they also often have better training, commercial equipment, and more meticulous service. Make sure to balance cost with quality when choosing.

Tips for Cost-Effective Comforter Cleaning

Seasonal Cleaning Specials

Many dry cleaners offer promotions during slower periods or off-peak seasons. For example, you can find discounts on comforter cleaning in warm weather months when heavy bedding is not in use. Or cleaners may run holiday specials when business is slower.

Caring for Your Comforter to Reduce Cleaning Frequency

Dry Cleaning a ComforterWith proper care between cleanings, you may be able to stretch the time between dry cleaning your comforter to every 2-3 years instead of annually. Here are some tips:

  • Use a comforter cover as a barrier to body oils and spills
  • Aerate the comforter 2-3 times per year (hang outside on a breezy day)
  • Spot clean soiled areas promptly with a gentle upholstery cleaner
  • Steam the comforter occasionally to sanitize and freshen

Choosing the Right Dry Cleaning Service

Evaluating Quality and Eco-Friendliness

Don’t choose a cleaner based on price alone. Look for these signs of quality service when comparing providers:

  • Trained experts, not just basic staff
  • State-of-the-art equipment designed for large/delicate items
  • Attention to detail in their inspection, handling, and finishing
  • Eco-friendly solvents and detergents
  • Reputation for care with fine fabrics and bedding

Pickup/Delivery and Bulk Cleaning Options

Choose a cleaner that offers free pickup and delivery – this saves the hassle of transporting bulky comforters yourself. Some cleaners also offer bulk/bundled pricing on cleaning multiple comforters or entire bedding sets. Take advantage of these deals if you’re cleaning for more than one bedroom.

Final Words

Dry cleaning is the best way to properly care for comforters and keep them fresh and damage-free. Expect to invest $15 to $50 per comforter depending on size, material, and local cleaning rates. With some comparison shopping and seasonal deals, you can keep costs affordable.

Prioritize quality over cost when choosing a provider – and your bedding will stay beautiful and hygienic for years to come.

Contact local dry cleaners to request price quotes. Ask about current promotions and bundled pricing on cleaning your entire bedding set. Proper dry cleaning extends the lifespan of comforters – so view it as an investment in better sleep and a healthier bedroom environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to clean a queen size comforter?

On average, dry cleaning a standard queen size comforter costs $20 to $30. Down-filled queen comforters are more expensive – around $30 to $40 per cleaning. Polyester and alternative down queen comforters range from $15 to $25.

Get quotes from local cleaners to compare pricing in your area. And look for seasonal discounts or bundled pricing when cleaning multiple items. Proper dry cleaning is important for sanitizing and extending the life of any queen size comforter. So it’s worth investing in, even just once a year.

How much does it cost to dry clean a king down comforter?

Expect to pay $40 to $60 for dry cleaning a king down comforter, depending on where you live and which cleaner you use. The large size and delicate down filling means king down comforters are on the pricier end to professionally clean.

But it’s essential for properly caring for the fill and fabric. Compare local cleaner prices for best rates. Ask about possible bundle deals if cleaning shams and other bedding too. Off-season discounts can also help cut costs. But don’t skimp on cleaner quality for critical down care.

How often should I dry clean my comforter?

Most manufacturers recommend dry cleaning comforters at least once a year to sanitize and refresh the fill. However, you may be able to stretch this to every 2-3 years, depending on comforter material and usage.

Use a cover and spot clean as needed between professional cleaning. Down comforters should be dry cleaned annually since the fill is delicate. Synthetic and alternative down comforters can go 2-3 years between cleanings.

You can also refresh comforters in between by airing them outside or using a handheld steamer. Check the care tag and inspect your comforter yearly to determine if it’s time for professional cleaning.

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