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Yes, your old down comforter, pillow or featherbed is worth renovating, and not just because it belonged to your beloved grandma. You may have a comforter, pillows or featherbed that are all down or a blend of feather and down. Many older downs are from Europe where the qualities are very good. So just because the fabric is worn and of course likely leaking, you are wondering if it is worth it to renovate. Well, putting sentiment aside, yes it is. Natural filling, especially if it is cared for with regular cleaning and airing will last for decades. There will be some loss after the cleaning process which is normal, especially the feather component.

A complete renovation is taking your downs apart, cleaning the fill naturally with ultra violet light as they have done in Europe for decades. This method protects your fill, but soaps and dry cleaning fluids will rob the down of its natural oils leaving it clumpy and flat. If not completely dry that will also cause problems. The filling can be boosted up by adding new down especially if you have lost a lot. The fill is then put into a new high thread count pillow, comforter or featherbed/topper shell. You can also repurpose your downs into something you would prefer. For example if you have a featherbed or a bag of loose fill you might want something closer to a down topper which is ultra luxurious with the addition of lofty white goose down. Our unique wide baffle channel is more efficient than a box style or pillow style as the fill can only move in 2 directions. It is easy to reposition when fluffing up. Once the fill moves out of the boxes, it cannot be moved back so you end up with a sparse center with most of the fill having moved to the outer edges. It is also environmentally friendly to renovate and not to keep buying new.

To summarize, renovation makes sense especially if you have been enjoying your downs, and of course wish to preserve the sentimental value. Plus your downs could be a better quality than a lot of the cheaper downs available in the market.

For more information or a quote call 800 872 3696 or email

There are lots of choices for down comforters, luxury down comforters and even more alternative down comforters. It can be confusing and there is certainly a difference in the pricing and for good reason.

You may be wondering, is it worth the splurge to get a luxury down comforter.

After reading this post I think you will find the answer to justify the splurge or should I say investment in your comfort and maybe better sleep for years to come.

We have certainly seen the affects of climate change on our winters. They are more severe, more storms, and that means higher energy costs. In addition our present global situation has caused energy costs to soar. This is where a luxury down comforter shines.

Nature is the best insulator with the unique properties of goose down trapping your body heat to keep you warm. Goose down is naturally moisture wicking and breathable so it actually can keep you toasty warm in winter and cool in summer.

How you sleep, a cool bedroom or a warm bedroom, will determine the fill power of the down (how lofty the down cluster is) and the weight needed to provide the ideal comfort range.

Equally important to energy savings is how comfy and cozy a luxury down comforter will be and even better with proper care will last for decades. This is not the case with polyester.

Geese are never raised for their down. Down has always been the bi-product of the meat industry. That is why most downs are from countries that eat a lot of goose or duck. Most processors of down are certified in Responsible Down Sourcing so you know it is ethically sourced.

Down has a fraction of environmental impact compared with polyester as polyester is from petroleum (fossil fuels) and it uses lots of energy in the manufacturing process.

We have a selection of luxury comforters and we also make custom sizes for RV's, tv throws, travel and for kids. In addition we offer the expertise of 50 years of cleaning and renovation so you will have your precious downs for decades.

For months we have been reading about and experiencing the rising price of oil. Now winter is almost here I am sure you are all looking for ways to mitigate the cost of keeping warm this winter.

Of course checking the insulation in your home, those drafty windows, checking the furnace are very good ideas. Equally important is how far down can you lower the thermostat?

During the day you could dress a little warmer, add a sweater to that t-shirt. But at night there is no need to have your heat pumping more than it should. Yes you can add more blankets, but do you really want to feel that weighted down and will it still be warm enough, especially if you like to sleep with the windows open? Yes even in winter it is healthier to sleep with windows open even a little.

Many people are still not aware of the unique thermal properties of down, and especially the very high qualities. White goose down and especially the very rare Eiderdown, truly are amazing when it comes to total warmth without weight. Down is very different from feathers. Feathers have the hard quill and are flat and do not have the thermal properties that down has. Feathers do not loft up to trap body heat.

The unique thermal properties are amplified in Eiderdown or a very high lofting European white goose down. The higher the fill power (how lofty the down cluster is) the more body heat it traps. The fact a high quality down comforter is so light allows it to contour to your body so no heat escapes, unlike with blankets or poly comforters which form a tent over you allowing heat to escape. In addition the higher quality down comforters do not need as much fill to keep you toasty warm compared to lower qualities, so they are extra light. This also allows them to be used year round.

Since 1973 The Down Store has specialized in top of the line down bedding and the expertise in cleaning and renovation to ensure you have your precious downs for life. We believe buy quality once, take good care of it (see our recommendations) and you will have it for decades. You can see our full line of comforters here. We are also very custom and will make any size in our baffled box or "puff" pillow styles.

When choosing a down comforter keep in mind how low you would like to turn down the thermostat, are you a warm or cool sleeper, do you like the windows open. For the coolest of bedrooms we recommend The Elite or the Opulence. The Elite is super lightweight with the highest fill power European white goose down. The Luxor would only be for winter if your thermostat was turned high.

If you have put away your down comforter or possibly inherited one, send it in for our expertise in cleaning and protecting your down and renovate into a new cover that will last for many years and experience the luxury of sleeping under down while turning down your thermostat and saving on this winter's higher bills.

Any questions please email or call 800 872 3696.

To order your protection against high energy bills email or call.

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