How to clean and care for your pillow

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We often get asked if you can wash down pillows? Yes, you can wash our goose down and feather pillows in the washing machine. Just follow the instructions on the care label. We recommend that you wash your pillow every 6 to 12 months or more often if necessary.

If you notice staining on your pillow or that the loft of your pillow has decreased, this is probably due to a build up of moisture in your pillow. Pillows absorb body oils, dead skin cells, sweat, etc, which soak into the pillow's natural down and feather filling. Make sure you wash your pillow as soon as you see these signs.



  • Give your pillow a good shake each morning and evening to plump up the down and feather.
  • Don't use a tight pillowcase or pillow protector as this will flatten the down filling.
  • Make sure your pillowcase is made of a breathable material like cotton or linen to allow the down to breathe.
  • Machine wash at 40° every 6-12 months, or more often if required, using non-bio (enzyme free) detergent, a third of the usual amount for a washing load.
  • Dry thoroughly, preferably in a tumble dryer on a low heat setting. Take care to not over dry your pillow as this may shrink the cotton casing.
  • Leave your pillow to dry on a rack for the last 24 hours or so at home somewhere warm but not in direct sunlight.
  • Shake the pillow several times during the drying process so that the down filling doesn't stick together and clump.
  • Dryer balls like scooms Wool Tumble Dryer Balls or even clean tennis balls will help to keep the down fluffy as it dries.
  • Make sure your pillow filling is completely dry before you place it in your pillowcase. (Pillows do take longer to dry than a normal clothes load.)
  • Replace your pillow every one to two years for peak support.



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Bedding size guide


These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are US King/UK Super king, US Queen/UK King,  US Full/UK Double and US Twin/UK Single.

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.



Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth



Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm



Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm



Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm



Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Mattress protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 


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