Crawling under a fluffy, warm comforter at bedtime can be one of life's greatest pleasures for some people. Bedding can be expensive, so many people want to make it last as long as possible. Some comforters start out very fluffy, but lose their volume over time. There are many techniques to get your comforter back to its original state, and you can do them without having to pay high prices at the dry cleaner's.
Keeping your comforter clean is a major factor in retaining its fluffiness. Always wash it in warm water and use fabric softener. Dry it with dryer sheets to help keep it soft and smelling fresh. Some people put their comforters outside to air dry because it's less damaging to the material.
Goose down comforters require a different level of care to retain their fluffiness, due to the feathers bunching up in groups. Some parts of the comforter, like the top part, typically lose their fluffiness first because the area is constantly flattened with use. When many people wash down comforters or take them to the dry cleaners, the lack of fluffiness can become even more evident. The feathers may appear in clumped-up balls in the corner areas, with no volume in the center of the comforter.
One key to retaining your down comforter's fluffy state is fluffing it daily. Accomplish this by shaking it from each side when you're making the bed. By simply holding on to an edge and shaking it like you're cleaning a rug, the fluffiness will return easily. Rotating the comforter up and down and flipping it will also help avoid having specific areas that flatten down first.
Drying also can be an aid in fluffing up the comforter. By simply putting two clean tennis balls in the dryer with it, you can have a warm, clean fluffy down comforter. The tennis balls bounce around inside the dryer, hitting the comforter and distributing the feathers evenly. Dry the comforter completely, even if it means putting it through a couple of drying cycles. Wet feathers tend to clump together in the corners, while dry feathers will move around more freely.