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Care and Use
Northern Nights comforters are easy to care for and are designed to last night after night, year after year. Here are some tips on maintaining your comforter:
What is fill power?
Fill power refers to the quality of the down in our down comforters. The higher the fill power, the better the quality, as it'll loft and insulate better, stay fluffier, and last longer. Higher fill powers can trap more air and, thus, look fluffier. Down acts like a natural insulator, maintaining your body's normal temperature. It's also nature's lightest-weight insulator.
Why are there different constructions?
The best constructions allow the down to loft, providing maximum insulation, breathability, and durability. Baffles, small walls of fabric between the top and bottom tick material, allow maximum loft and eliminate cold spots. Open design comforters, like Box Step or Karo Baffle, require more adjusting of the fill and more regular maintenance. Closed designs, such as the Box Stitch or Baffle Box, are lower maintenance and require less shaking. Keep in mind — closed designs don't stay fluffy as long as open constructions because down can't travel the length of the comforter.
What is thread count?
Thread count is the number of threads contained in one-square inch of fabric. Higher thread count fabrics are woven with finer yarns. They're softer and more luxurious and breathable. The lightest of high-thread-count bedding also maximizes the fill's ability to loft in your comforter.
Where does the down in my comforter come from?
Down used for comforter fills comes from geese and ducks. Northern Nights buys the finest raw materials available from poultry farms and feather brokers in 15 different countries. All down and feather is sterilized and then cleaned until it meets our Hyperclean® standard.
How do I tell the difference between comforters? What determines the different prices?
There are several factors that contribute to the quality of a down comforter and their different prices: construction, quality of down, fill power, fill weight, fabric, and warranty.
The duvet cover I purchased doesn't have the same dimensions as my comforter. What can I do?
Different manufacturers use different dimensions for Twin, Queen, and King sizes. Refer to the tag on your comforter for the exact dimensions. When buying a duvet cover, be sure to get one that's at least as long and wide as your comforter's dimensions. Don't try to stuff the comforter in a cover that's too small. It's not unusual for the duvet cover to be several inches longer on one end. This can be easily altered for a closer fitting cover. Simply turn the cover inside out. Sew a new seam at the end of the cover that's too long.
How can I spot clean the fabric?
First, move all the down from the section of fabric you wish to clean. Don't get any of the down wet. Use a mild soap or spot remover to gently rub or dab the soiled fabric. Be careful not to damage the fabric by scrubbing or rubbing harshly. Then, rinse with water. Dry the spot by hand with a hairdryer. Ensure that the fabric is completely dry by fluffing it in the dryer.
What's the difference between standard and oversized?
Oversized comforters measure longer in length and width to ensure generous coverage and luxurious comfort:
Standard Twin measures 63" x 86"; oversized Twin 68" x 88".
Standard Full/Queen measures 88" x 90"; oversized Full/Queen 90" x 98".
Standard King measures 104" x 90"; oversized King 108" x 98".
All of our down and feather is Hyperclean® — a special washing process that uses biodegradable soaps, washing up to eight times, to remove all of the dirt, dust, and allergens from the down/feather. Northern Nights is the only company that uses Hyperclean down and feather. Very few people are actually allergic to down/feather, but many are allergic to dust and dirt. Hyperclean makes our goods virtually allergy-free.
When it comes to getting the most out of your bedding, understanding construction is key. Reference the helpful guide below for important terminology.
Baffling: This construction type uses sewn-in cloth "walls" to keep the fill in your bedding in place.
Sewn-through Boxes: Constructed by sewing horizontal and vertical stitches into a comforter's top and bottom layers, these boxes keep fill from clumping.
Channels: Created by sewing the top and bottom layers of the comforter together, channels use horizontal or vertical columns to keep fill in place.
Gusseting: This construction technique creates outer side walls to secure a comforter's top and bottom layers together. It helps a comforter appear loftier and fuller.
Diamond Stitch: This stitching pattern locks fill in place for a low-maintenance design that provides a polished look for the bed.
Make your bedroom your sanctuary with Northern Nights®, our signature brand of premium bedding. Indulge yourself with lofty featherbeds, cozy down comforters, fluffy pillows, high-thread-count bed linens, flannel sheets, and other items designed to surround you in luxury and comfort.