Starting point? The care label, obviously.
But seriously, here are some great tips for taking care of your bedding to ensure longevity and best care.
What to Avoid
- Avoid harsh liquid and powdered detergents. Rather use a milder detergent, less than your usual dosage, and allow it to dissolve in the water before adding the linen.
- Products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids (like household cleaners or personal care products) can cause linen to discolour.
- If you do use bleach, make sure it’s non-chlorine.
- Sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers: every ten days or so.
- Linen that is not in direct contact with you (think quilts or throws) should be cleaned every three months.
- Pillows, duvets and mattress protectors– every three to six months.
Washing and Drying
- Utilise a cold wash cycle for Percale and Cotton sheets.
- Remember to only wash similar items together – the same colour and fabric – and never add clothing to a load of bedding because zippers, hooks, etc. cause pilling and abrasion.
- If using a tumble dryer for drying, set it to low heat, as overheating causes the fibres to become brittle. Remove the linen just before they’re dry. Slightly damp sheets will prevent wrinkles – no iron needed.
- After line drying, use a hot iron, and iron while slightly damp.
Bedding protectors help reduce the dust mite population and improve the lifespan of your products, whilst adding an extra layer of softness and comfort to your mattress.
A few simple practices can further protect your comforters:
- To reduce the amount of washed needed for your linen, shower in the evening.
- Never place the following items on your bed: luggage, handbags, smartphones, shoes or unwashed clothes. All of these items can damage your bedding or transfer unwanted oils and germs to the bed.
- Make your bed every morning, which not only improves your state of mind, but also keeps dust mites out and your bedding in good shape. Pillows in particular should be plumped daily to maintain their shape.
Folding and Storage
- Choose a storage area that is dry and cool, well-ventilated, and avoids direct sunlight (sunlight can cause permanent yellowing).
- Plastic containers trap moisture and result in mildew.
- Organise different sizes onto specific shelves to make identifying the right linens a breeze
- Before folding linens to store, make sure they are completely dry.