Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom. When you dress it with freshly laundered, quality bedding it makes your bedroom look good, and you feel better when you sleep in it too. However, many people treat their bedding with less respect than it deserves. Proper care ensures your bedding lasts and looks its best. The following is a guide describing how to care for the basics of any well-dressed bed.
Bed Sheet Care
Your sheets contact your body and are the first to soil. Consequently, you should wash them often. The frequency of washes depends on your personal preferences and whether you shower or bathe before bed. If you perspire heavily, you probably won’t want to leave them more than five days. However, most people can get away with washing them less often. Pre-treat any stains and spots. Read the label and wash the sheets accordingly. You do not need to wash them in hot water.
A study published by the American Thoracic Society found washing in warm water, followed by two three minute cold water rinses kills dust mites and removes pollen and pet dander.
Avoid chlorine bleach, because it degrades fibers. Either hang your sheets to dry in the sun on a windy day, or tumble dry following the label instructions. Cotton sheets often need a touchup with the iron to look their best. Don’t fold or store damp bed sheets or they can grow mildew. Do not store sheets in plastic containers either. Instead, choose a cool, dry spot with air circulation.
Replace sheets when you notice obvious signs of wear, stains you cannot remove, or whenever you want a new bedroom look. Microfiber sheets like this Vilano Springs set offer many colors, easy care and affordability. The Briteyarn Sweetbrier set offers 100% quality cotton with extra-long fibers, excellent breathability, and a sateen finish in a variety of colors and patterns.
Duvet, Duvet Cover, Comforter & Quilt Care
Always read the label before you clean your duvet, comforter, or quilt. Down-filled bedding often needs dry cleaning or laundering by professionals. A down alternate duvet, comforter, or quilt is a much more practical and less expensive choice.
Wash your duvet, comforter, or quilt every few months if you use a top sheet and more often if you don’t. If the item won’t fit in your washer, laundromats have large washers and dryers to handle the job. Wash duvet covers when you wash your bed sheets, but turn them inside out to reduce wear and preserve colors. Thoroughly dry your duvet cover, quilt, or comforter following the manufacturer’s label. If you intend to store it, avoid plastic as it prevents air circulation.
If you want to give the bedding a quick refresh, just fluff it in the dryer for a few minutes. Replace your duvet cover, comforter or quilt whenever you see signs of wear, if it has stains, or when you want to quickly update your bedroom.
Southshore Fine Linens offers affordable cotton and microfiber duvet covers, quilt sets, and comforters in countless colors and designs. Fabrics with a 300 thread count or 110 GSM offer comfort, durability, and a reasonable cost. Quilted bedding tends to keep batting in place and lasts longer.
Following the instructions above can increase the longevity of your bedding and keep it looking great. Don’t forget to add a mattress and pillow covers too as they protect them and are easy to launder.