Bedding Care Guide

The Ultimate Bedding Care Guide

The most important piece of furniture in your bedroom, is obviously…your bed! You’ve probably already fancied it all up with high quality sheets, pillows and a duvet with gorgeous colors and hues. Believe it or not, there are some people out there that will even go as far as, adding special lighting to their room to make it more conducive to sleep, and top it off by adjusting the temperature, and noise level to suit their specific sleeping needs.

The bottom line is, a bedroom that is cool, dark, and quiet and clean equals a bedroom that produces more restful sleeps!

Bedding

Your Bed Sheets

How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets?

It’s really a personal preference, but in general, it’s probably smart to wash them once a week to remove dirt and dust. You should clean your bed sheets with warm or cold water rather than hot water, which can shrink fibers.

How To Dry Bed Sheets?

You should try tumble dry or use a low spin speed cycle for your bed sheets. Be sure to follow instructions on the label and remove them from the washing machine before they’re fully dry to help minimize wrinkles.  If you want to keep them crisp, and are not planning on putting them directly on your bed, we recommend ironing them. To avoid a very messy situation, like mildew growth, make sure your bed sheets are dry before storing them.

Where To Store Bed Sheets?

You should try to keep your spare bed sheets, neatly folded, in a cool, dry closet or drawer. Do not store your bed sheets in plastic containers, because containers will most likely trap moisture and foster the growth of mildew.

How Often To Change Bed Sheets?

When you buy bamboo sheets, you will not have to replace your sheets very often. They are extremely durable! If you buy regular sheets, you might need to replace them frequently because washing them a lot will break down even the highest quality sheets. You will probably begin to see obvious signs of aging, such as stains or faded patterns and then you will know their sleeps are numbered.

Your Pillows

How Do You Wash A Pillow?

You should wash your pillows in pairs so that your washing machine remains balanced. You should run them through the rinsing cycle two times and the second time without detergent, to ensure they’re rinsed fully. For down and feather pillows, use an air cycle or low-heat setting, and make sure the pillows are completely dry. When checking your pillow, make sure there are no bunches of feathers because that means that they are still damp, and that may increase the chance of mold to grow.

How To Keep Pillows Fluffy?

Your washer dryer will usually fluff pillows back to the original softness if you throw in a couple of unused tennis balls,  in new white socks, to prevent dyes from transferring. On a daily basis, you should plump your pillows (when you make your bed) to keep the inside filling from becoming flat.

How Long Should You Keep A Pillow?

You should replace your pillow every 5 years, however, in the long run, a good-quality down pillow is the least-expensive way to go because it will hold up better than a synthetically stuffed one. A good indicator that you need a new pillow is when it no longer looks plump and fluffy, or if you wake up in the morning, with neck or back pain. Keep in mind, that many high-end pillow manufacturers will refill their pillows for a fee. If you have allergies, buy hypoallergenic pillowcases and replace your pillows every couple of years.

How To Buy The Best Pillow?

People who sleep on their stomach should usually buy a soft (preferably down) pillow. People who sleep on their back should but a medium-firm pillow that is flatter and firmer. Also, for the people who toss and turn and end up on their side, it is best to buy a medium-firm pillow.

Your Duvet

Duvets and duvet covers are easy to clean and act like a pillow protector. Duvet covers help shield allergy sufferers from a buildup of dust and dirt. They also guard against oils that can break down fabric and eventually cause filling to leak.

How Do You Clean A Duvet?

Like sheets, duvet covers should be washed weekly, however, you can wash them monthly if you use a top sheet. You should not have to wash the duvet itself unless you spill something on the cover and it seems through. Always follow the washing instruction on the manufacturer label. Be careful, if your washing machine can’t handle a bulky duvet or duvet cover be sure to take the neighborhood laundromat, which should have commercial sized washing machines, or you can take it to a professional dry cleaner.

How To Refresh A Duvet and Duvet Cover After Not Using For Months?

To take away the odor buildup, after not using your duvet or duvet cover, hang it on a clothesline on a dry, breezy day. To make it fluffy, you can place your duvet in the dryer to get fluffy, just as you would your pillow.

When Should I Replace My Duvet?

Because your duvet doesn’t have to support the weight of a human or two (the way your pillows and mattresses do), your duvet should last 10 to 20 years if you keep it covered and air it out regularly. Replace it when it begins to look limp and flat or starts leaking bits of filling.

Your Mattress

How Often Should I Change My Mattress?

A high-quality mattress will should last more than 20 years; mediocre brands should last 8 to 10 years. If you use a mattress cover and rotate your mattress regularly, it can can extend your mattress’s life. You’ll definitely know it’s time to replace your mattress when your back begins to feel stiff in morning and it feels as if it’s lost its cushioning.

Most mattresses are constructed very well and they do not require flipping. It is still great to rotate your mattress, end-to-end, once a month, for the first six months and then once per season. This is crucial if you or your partner is heavier than the other or even if you sleep alone. This will ensure that your weight is distributed equally across the mattress.

What is a Mattress Cover?

For those who do not know, a mattress cover is a cover that helps you to protect your mattress from allergy-causing dust. A mattress cover also helps you prevent the mattress from absorbing sweat and perspiration, which may harm your mattress and increase deterioration rate. You can buy a cover that’s quilted or padded with feathers for an increase in softness.

How Often Should I Wash My Mattress Cover?

In general, you only need to wash your mattress cover once a month.