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What would you say is the average price you pay for a coverlet/quilt/topper for your beds?

Do you get washable toppers? Dry cleanable?

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most definitely HAS TO BE WASHABLE!! Getting something dry cleaned is a waste of time and money, especially when something just as nice is available for less and is washable. 

When we got here, the PO's had all these old, heavy,(DIRTY) comforters on the beds. They were horrible. I figured I could spend $50 to have them dry cleaned and maybe they would look better, or I could spend a little more and get something nice and new that's washable.

I've found lots of nice things on Overst*ck.c*m, Wayfa*r and even Kohl*s.

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Must be washable.   I am currently looking as well and prices seem to be $70 up.   With as much wear/tear they get durability is one of the big factors for me when choosing. 

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I read the reviews on all of them. Does the item shrink? (Just bought a king coverlet for a queen bed and it worked out just fine but I knew it was going to shrink that much based on a previous purchase.)

I am astounded by the number of reviewers who state, 'love this whatever, put it on the bed a month ago, but haven't washed it yet.' Ewww!

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Madeleine wrote:

I read the reviews on all of them. Does the item shrink? (Just bought a king coverlet for a queen bed and it worked out just fine but I knew it was going to shrink that much based on a previous purchase.)

I am astounded by the number of reviewers who state, 'love this whatever, put it on the bed a month ago, but haven't washed it yet.' Ewww!

 

Do you rotate coverlets?  Have a washing day coverlet?   We are having trouble with the time it takes to dry the big ones.    Or, as I'm seeing in this thread, you just buy what is easier to wash?

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I replaced all the heavy, floor length covers with short, lightweight quilts.

I do have random quiltsd I can throw on the bed for days I can't get the 'right' quilt dried in time. An off white one will go anywhere.

When we took pets I had super light quilts I used as they washed and dried in no time. Now I use duvets as I can just strip the covers and wash them.

I've got half again as many blankets as I do a 'blanket' day every couple of weeks and they all get washed the same day. But they are all in the attic which is a problem if lots of guests want an extra.

Every other year I clear out the attic and give away any bedding that hasn't been used in 2 years.

After 10 years I have finally gotten enough rooms in the same general colorway so I can swap as needed.

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Do you usually have an extra blanket in the room?  So that would be an "extra", extra blanket they need?

Do you find duvets too warm in summer?

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No extra blankets in the rooms. The duvets are just for the winter. In the summer the beds have a quilt and a blanket.

I used to have sheet, blanket, duvet and quilt for the winter but I removed the blanket as overkill. The folks who needed the extra blanket this week also turned the heat up to 70. Not sure how anyone can sleep in that temp! 

No extra blankets because there just isn't room for one more thing! We don't have closets or dressers in every room.

Maybe I could try to stuff them in somewhere if I find a good $10 blanket closeout. I worry about forgetting them and not washing them and then they end up with beetles in them and smelling like musty old furniture.

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I have extras in the closet, and I fold them a certain way so I can tell if they were used.  I have debated using a clear plastic bag over them so I can be sure, but think that might look tacky.  I wash everything after everyone, but extra blankets no if they haven't been used....but I don't want a bug/spider to find them a home either.  Looking for a better idea if anyone has one.

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I have extras in the closet, and I fold them a certain way so I can tell if they were used.  I have debated using a clear plastic bag over them so I can be sure, but think that might look tacky.  I wash everything after everyone, but extra blankets no if they haven't been used....but I don't want a bug/spider to find them a home either.  Looking for a better idea if anyone has one.

If I have one of those neat plastic zipper bags that sheets and coverlets often are sold in I put my extra blanket in the zipper bag, all neat and tidy and store it on the top shelf of the closet in the room with the extra pillow.  Once  in a while someone uses the blanket.  Otherwise, it gets washed once a year at the beginning of the season just to ensure it is not musty.

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OK...in they go.  I have a bunch of those bags.

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I store all of the extra stuff in those bags! They are perfect. Nice zippers.

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Madeleine wrote:

No extra blankets in the rooms. The duvets are just for the winter. In the summer the beds have a quilt and a blanket.

I used to have sheet, blanket, duvet and quilt for the winter but I removed the blanket as overkill. The folks who needed the extra blanket this week also turned the heat up to 70. Not sure how anyone can sleep in that temp! 

No extra blankets because there just isn't room for one more thing! We don't have closets or dressers in every room.

Maybe I could try to stuff them in somewhere if I find a good $10 blanket closeout. I worry about forgetting them and not washing them and then they end up with beetles in them and smelling like musty old furniture.

 

How often do you wash the quilt? Every guest?  Every week?   Two weeks?

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Madeleine wrote:

No extra blankets in the rooms. The duvets are just for the winter. In the summer the beds have a quilt and a blanket.

I used to have sheet, blanket, duvet and quilt for the winter but I removed the blanket as overkill. The folks who needed the extra blanket this week also turned the heat up to 70. Not sure how anyone can sleep in that temp! 

No extra blankets because there just isn't room for one more thing! We don't have closets or dressers in every room.

Maybe I could try to stuff them in somewhere if I find a good $10 blanket closeout. I worry about forgetting them and not washing them and then they end up with beetles in them and smelling like musty old furniture.

 

How often do you wash the quilt? Every guest?  Every week?   Two weeks?

I know we clean freaks think waiting 2 weeks (maybe 14 guests???) to wash things is too long but I take a longer view...NOTHING EVER GETS WASHED AT A HOTEL. So, I have calmed down about being obsessive with the cleaning.

As for other stuff...the bedskirts get washed 2x/year. The pillows themselves generally once but sometimes I do them in the summer, too, because people will go to bed with sweaty heads and then the pillows stink. So I wash them.

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I generally use a nice white pillow protector and replace it when I can see they sweated through to it. Keeps me from having to do the pillow. But when I see that they have managed to get through to the pillow, in it goes and it's rotated. I wash them like towels, with oxy and bleach and extra rinse. Dry them in the dryer with dryer balls to fluff them up. Usually come out fluffier as well. 

Even if things say dry clean... I wash them. Used to be in the business, we would mark things as dry clean just because we didn't want any liability on their being washed. Unless it has small parts or leather, I can't see why they need to be dry cleaned. 

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I use triple protectors on all my pillows.  The first layer is a bb-resistant  layer, the second is absorbent and a clean, white heavy duty cotton, and the third is a lighter cotton.  The top layer gets replaced every week.  Hopefully the second and third layer have not been affected by guest use.  If I see signs that there is any yellowing...you know a drooler...then the second layer gets washed as well.

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Sugar Bear wrote:

I generally use a nice white pillow protector and replace it when I can see they sweated through to it. Keeps me from having to do the pillow. But when I see that they have managed to get through to the pillow, in it goes and it's rotated. I wash them like towels, with oxy and bleach and extra rinse. Dry them in the dryer with dryer balls to fluff them up. Usually come out fluffier as well. 

Even if things say dry clean... I wash them. Used to be in the business, we would mark things as dry clean just because we didn't want any liability on their being washed. Unless it has small parts or leather, I can't see why they need to be dry cleaned. 

That is what I thought also. I washed the drapes and hung them on the line so the dryer would not shrink them. The liner was fine - in ALL of them - however, the drapes themselves oonched up about an inch. I hung them anyway for about a year and replaced the last of them last Fall. (they were NOT in the room that rents the most)

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May I ask where you get your pillows?  I have trouble getting ones that wash well, ending up lumpy or mis-shapen ones. 

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The best ones I got were Ralph Lauren. Don't buy the $5 pillows at Kohl's if you want them to last. Jcp are ok but they're never the same.

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How often do you wash the quilt? Every guest?  Every week?   Two weeks?

In season, every two weeks. If things are looking dirty or dingy before 2 weeks, then that's when the washing happens! I have a schedule in the laundry room. List of the rooms going down the left side of the page, items to be washed going across the top.

Room Name            Quilt          Blanket          Mattress Pad            Pillow Covers           Duvet          Pillow Shams

Blue Room

Green Room

Yellow Room

I write the date in the box when the item is washed. I can see at a glance what is next.

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Constant wash here...EVERYTHING has to be washable.  Looking for some washable spreads/quilts for the lodge as we speak...

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I won't buy anything that needs dry cleaning. We don't have any convenient to get to so that matters as well.

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The answer is "it depends"

 

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Washable cotton quilted coverlets for the summer. I hunt around and pay about $35 each for queen.  Christmas Tree  carries Nautica close outs sometimes....with matching shams.  But LL also has decent discounts in the warehouse outlet.

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I have looked at the CTS quilts and wondered about them. Most of the time they are too beachy or to Caribbean for here! But I guess they get different styles at different stores. (I did score with the lobster pillows a couple of years ago!)

I have to go get some new picture frames so I'll look again.

I'm running between $50-$100 for bedding sets now.

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We bought some in Concord a few years ago at $20 a pop in the liquidation side of BB&B. At $20 a pop for a set, we grabbed all we could take with us.

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