Cotton is one of the most used fabric in duvet covers and knowing differences between cotton fabrics quality and how to protect your cotton cover is essentially. The above tips will help you choose a better and quality cotton cover.
One of the problems people experience is that white cotton products in general will turn yellowish if they use bleach when washing the product. Bleach will also damage the fabric in time and nobody wants this to happen to their products. So bleach will do mare harm than good on the long run. You can however use bleach, but not with every wash. In order to keep your duvet covers or any other laundry white you can use Mrs. Stewart’s laundry bluing(easy to find in supermarkets). But be sure to follow the instructions very carefully. Make sure you dilute the bluing agent. The idea is that bluing agents cause cotton fabric to become brittle.
In fact, it’s best to dilute a thimble of bleach in a gallon of water and soak the duvet cover for a day. Then soak in argo corn starch diluted for a day. This starch process will block yellow.
To protect from the bleach negative effects it’s best to use cold water. Cold water activates the process, but prevents the negative bleach effect(like getting holes in your duvet covers or other white laundry).
Another great product to protect your white covers is 20 Mule Team Borax, although it’s expensive. As an alternative you can use a cup of bleach and 1/2 cup of baking soda.
If you are looking to buy a cover, make sure it’s 100% cotton. It’s best to get Egyptian or pima cotton. Even with a less thread count(measures softness, look for at least 220), they are softer than regular cotton. If you find a duvet cover that is a combination of cotton and polyester, you should know that polyester will make it crispy. It’s okay as a blend, but not 50/50. At least 80/20.