When you properly take care of your beddings, indeed, you’ll be having a good day!
One of our deepest sanctuary or rest place at home is our bedroom. Thus, keeping a comfortable, neat, fresh beddings is a must and needs attention. When we take care all of them, we can have a restless and peaceful sleep. And we all know that having a peaceful sleep has a significant impact on how we face our busy day — we can always be productive, efficient, and happy!
So here are some ways on taking care of your beddings that every home shall apply.
Always Check the Care Label
The number rule on how to properly take care of your beddings is to check what’s in the label care. Check the tag, whether it is made from fabric cotton, polyester blend, silk, and others. Then, check if you can either use hot or cold water or if it can be line-dried or tumble-dried.
You may probably say that it’s obvious; however, this basic rule is sometimes neglected and become the main cause of ruining your beddings.
After this, you may now follow the below tips.
When to Wash Your Sheets
According to the 2012 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 91 percent of people change their sheets every other week. While this is the usual practice, you may also want to consider other things on the frequency of washing your sheets.
Sheets accumulate thousands of bacteria. Thus, you may opt to wash them every week, especially on below instances:
- If you have allergies or asthma
- If you have pets and you love cuddling with them on bed
- If you sweat excessively
- If you sleep naked, and others
When you do this, you decrease your exposure to bacteria that may worsen your medical condition.
Onto Washing Your Sheets
Detergent residues may cause yellowing of your bedding pieces, so when it comes to washing, make sure to rinse them twice to prevent excess detergent residues.
When the sheets can be subjected to a dryer, don’t dry them thoroughly. Instead, take them out and drape them into the drying rack, and simply stretch. This is to prevent breaking the natural fibers and prevents you from too much ironing.
You should also avoid too-hot dryers as it contributes to breaking and weakening the natural fibers.
Replacing Your Sheets
Just like our normal clothes, sheets should be replaced regularly, too. They also ages and worn out, considering that we spend almost one-third of our day here.
Sheets should be replaced on an average of two to three years. Several signs that you may notice on its wear and tear are thinning, yellowing, and fading. You can also feel its decline and may disrupt your sleeping pattern.
Washing Your Pillows
Make sure that all your pillows have pillowcases. These pillowcases will shield hair and body oil that can be absorbed by the filling.
Since most synthetic pillows are machine-washable, you can wash them at least twice a year. Use a mild liquid detergent to prevent residue. Make sure to rinse them twice to ensure that there are no detergent residues left.
On drying them, use the low-heat setting to prevent clumping on the polyester-filled pillows. You also need to make sure that they are completely dried to avoid the formation of molds. Then, take a little time to plump them during bedtime to prevent flattening.
Replacing Your Pillows
The typical pillow replacement is one to two years. It is dependent on the durability or type of pillow you avail. Latex can last up to 3-4 years, buckwheat can last up to three years, feather and memory foam lifespan is 18-36 months, while polyester can only last from 6-24 months.
Aside from that, you should also consider replacing them when you notice below signs:
- There are noticeable lumps
- There are permanent stains
- When you wake up in aches and pain especially on your neck and shoulder
- If there’s a need to fluff your pillow almost everyday to feel comfortable, and others
Taking Care of Your Duvets and Comforters
Just like pillows, comforters and duvets should also have a cover. This is to protect them from dust, dirt, oil, and others that may break the fabric. However, some decorative comforters don’t need covers. Thus, you should wash them on a weekly to monthly basis.
In washing them, make sure that you dry them thoroughly to prevent molds and mildew. Right after drying, store them in a cool and dry place. You may also consider putting them on linen or breathable canvass bag.
To keep a fresh and clean comforter, you may hang or dry them under the sun every few months or fluff them on a low-heat dryer.
Replacing Your Duvets and Comforters
Since comforters and duvets don’t support weight, they usually last for 15 to 20 years if properly taken care of. Thus, you may start replacing them if they already look limp, flat, and the filling begins to leak.