The first time I washed feather pillows I just used soap and water and
hung them on the line on a sunny day, it worked fine, the second time I
tried this the most incredible stench emanated from them afterwards and
no repeat washings would remove it, they had to be chucked out.
According to my memory, very shaky after 60 years, this is a three stage
1) Remove feathers from Pillow cover(ticking)
2) Wash feathers in cool soapy water in bath, strain with a net curtain or
equivalent, rinse a few times with cold water and dry loose turning
frequently to keep separate.
3) Wipe inside of ticking over with a dampened bar of soap (this reduces the
size of the gaps in the material and helps to prevent small pieces of
feather from escaping), refill with dried feathers and restitch.
Anybody else's memory any better?
That sounds about right. There used to be cleaners who would do it for you,
but I suspect the amount of work in doing it meant that it became cheaper to
replace them. Personally, I prefer hollow fibre fill.
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