How to Take Care of Your Bed Linens

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“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” –Thomas Dekker

 

It is an undeniable fact that nothing grants you more energy than quality sleep does. In fact, the epitome of a restful night that yields a better recharged you is a good night’s slumber and nothing is more paramount to quality sleep than quality linen beddings and linen sheets. This is why the selection of superior mattresses and bed linens is an imperative step when shopping for beddings. However, choosing from a prolific set of bedding options is just the initial step. Ensuring a nocturnal lifetime habit of uninterrupted and relaxing sleep requires you to have the basic knowledge in taking care of your mattress as well as its various accessories.

Knowing the laundry options and how to wash them barely scratches the surface, so why not take it a step further by guaranteeing that the place where you spend about a third of your life is the cleanest and loveliest place in the entire home? Being well aware of your bedding’s washing and care options as well as storing your bed’s components are both essential to engendering a relaxing sleep environment. So, take a gander at the care guide below to have a better and more restful sleep.

SHEETS

How often you wash your sheets depends on upon your personal preference, it could be a weekly interval or a bi-weekly interval. But, considering how much dirt and dust it accumulates in only a short period of time, it is best to launder them weekly in order for you to have fresh sheets every week. To avoid shrinking fibers, use warm water instead of hot and remember to wash colored and printed pillowcases inside out to preserve their color. If you have sheets with delicate embellishments and trims, check the care label before washing. Eliminate tough stains and spots by using oxygenated bleach on whites and light colors as chlorine bleach may be too harsh for most linens. Dry according to the label instructions and remove them before they fully dry to avoid wrinkles and store them in a dry closet or drawer neatly folded. To keep these fabrics from turning yellow, line these surfaces with acid –free tissue paper. Avoid plastic storage for these fabrics as it fosters the growth of mildew.

COVER

Pillow protection comes in the form of encasing them in pillow protectors which are zipper covers that go under the cases. These covers protect your pillows from getting soaked in body oils, allergen and your hair. Though your pillows are well protected by their covers, it is still important to have them washed at least a couple of times a year and the covers at least once a month. Synthetic and down pillows can be washed in the machine but be sure to check the care label before doing so. Liquid detergents are preferred over powders as the latter can leave residues. Rinse them fully to ensure they are detergent free. Dry your pillows in the dryers by utilizing the air cycle or low heat setting. Make sure your pillows are completely dry as mold will form if your pillow is damp. Do not dry it using a high heat setting as this will cause your polyester pillows to clump.

COMFORTER

Comforters, like your pillows, should be encased in covers which are easier to clean and would also shield those prone to allergies from a buildup of dirt and dust. Additionally, it safeguards it from oils that would cause the fabric to break down inevitably causing its filling to leak. Comforters should be securely fit inside its cover if it tends to shift around then sew a pair of two-inch-long of fabric tape inside the corners. Bunch these corners and tie them in place. These covers should be washed weekly but it is not totally necessary to wash them completely unless you spill something on it. In washing comforters, it is necessary to follow the care instructions but if your machine cannot handle the bulky comforter, it is best to take it to the Laundromat. Thoroughly dry these comforters to avoid mold and mildew and it should be stored folded in a cool and dry place. Hang it on a clothesline on a dry breezy day every few months to prevent an odor buildup and fluff it like you would a regular pillow.

MATTRESS

Mattresses should ideally have a cover in order to prevent it from accumulating perspiration and allergy-causing dust which would cause it to hasten its deterioration. Choose a padded or quilted cover if you want more fluff and softness which should be washed at least once a month. Most mattresses no longer need flipping as they are already well constructed enough. Although, some experts would suggest rotating them end to end once a month for the first six months and then once per season if there are two persons sleeping atop the bed with different weights. This ensures that weight is distributed equally across the bed.

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