The bed is perhaps one of the most important pieces of furniture you are going to have in your home because you spend almost a third of your day in it. You should therefore take care of what you place on your bed for it to take care of you.
Your sheets, pillows, and blankets all need special attention to keep them fresh and clean to make your bed more conducive for sleep. Proper care starts with checking the care label on your bedding, and continued with additional steps to ensure your beddings’ longevity and comfort level.
What to Avoid
In order to maintain the quality of your beddings, you should always avoid overly strong detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets and bleaching agents to avoid weakening their natural fibers.
You should also avoid discoloration agents such as household cleaners and personal products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids. It’s best to keep them away from your beddings.
Lastly, avoid washing your beddings too often to avoid fading the colors.
Washing Sheets and Pillowcases
Sheets and pillowcases should only be laundered in cold to warm water, never too hot as they could shrink, once a week. If bleach is needed, use non-chlorine-containing bleach to avoid breaking down fibers. Tumble-drying is possible on medium heat and remove to air dry until they are fully dry. It is, however, recommended that they be hung outside but not under direct sunlight.
Washing Blankets and Quilts
Most blankets and quilts can be washed in a washer using mild detergent with cold water, which can then be thrown in the drier using low heat. This should only be done at most once a month. However, if your quilt has lace or delicate appliqué on it, then it should be dry-cleaned to avoid any damage to the detailing.
Washing Duvets and Comforters
Duvets are easier to clean because they are able to utilize top covers and therefore, do not need to be laundered every so often. They can be washed once every several years, depending on the need. Top covers can be washed as needed and can be treated like a blanket.
Comforters, however, are trickier. It is recommended to seek professional help when laundering comforters. But if you want to wash yours at home, then don’t do so in a top-loading washer with an agitator as that is too rough. Instead, use a large-capacity front-loader and half of the usual amount of mild detergent. After the cycle, rinse once or twice to remove all the soap residue, spin an extra time to remove extra moisture, and dry on low heat until completely dry.
Folding and Storage
Store your beddings in a closet, armoire, or trunk that is dry, cool, avoids direct sunlight to avoid permanent yellowing, and is well-ventilated for the natural fibers to breathe. Never store beddings in plastic containers because they can trap moisture and may result in mildew. Avoid cardboard, too, as they can transfer acids to the fabric.
A bedding bag with cotton panel is perfect for extra duvets, and sheets should be stored in their own fabric. It is also important to note that before folding blankets, sheets, duvets or comforters to store, make sure they are completely dry.