How Often Should You Replace Your Bed Linen?
Replacing your bed linen can mean one of two things: purchasing entirely new bed linen to replace the old bed linen, or changing the bed linen on the bed. If you have been wondering about either of these two things, or want some additional tips to keep your bed linen pristine, please read our information below.
When Should I Purchase New Bed Linen?
Most people tend to buy new bed linen when they have renovated their bedroom or purchased a new bed. This is quite understandable, because nothing beats the feeling of new bedding! That being said, there are cases where bedding has to be replaced due to wear, although these cases are quite rare considering how long bedding can last.
When Should I Change My Bed Linen?
The majority of people will wait two weeks to wash their bedding, although it is recommended to change and wash your bedding at least once a week. In addition to that, you should also wash any pillows, duvets and comforters two times a year.
Why Is It Important to Clean Bedding?
Not cleaning your bedding can leave your bed very unhygienic. Over the course of time, dead skin cells and dust mites will start to accumulate on your bedding. By not cleaning your bedding, you come in direct contact with these unhygienic substances. On top of that, dust mites and dead skin cells can cause problems such as allergies and asthma, so it is best to keep your bedding as clean as possible.
How Do I Clean My Bedding?
Before you start to clean your bedding, it is important to separate the bedding from the rest of laundry. If you try to wash and dry your clothes with your bedding, you will often find that the clothing gets stuck in the sheets and is not washed properly. However, you can wash smaller items such as pillowcases with your clothing if the temperature settings allow it.
When you have added your bedding to the washing machine, set the washing machine to a low temperature setting. Washing your bedding on a higher temperature can affect the material fibres and make them shrink, therefore it is better to wash your bedding on a lower temperature. Most bed linen will have a washing instructions label as well, so be sure to check this washing instructions label before you start your washing machine.
Washing bed linen should always be done with a good laundry detergent. There are many different brands of laundry detergent available, so be sure to look at the instructions before you start washing. If you are dealing with concentrated laundry detergent, be sure not to add too much of the product to your wash.
When you add your bedding to the washing machine, turn them inside out first. Then, roll them into a ball and place them in the washing machine. By turning your bedding inside out, you protect the colour of the fabric and make sure it looks like new a lot longer.
In addition to the laundry detergent, you can also add some fabric softener. Fabric softener will provide your bedding with a nice fragrance, but will also ensure the softness of the fabric once it is dry.
Most bedding can be dried in the tumble dryer, although it is recommended to use a cool setting. If you mainly have white bedding, it is better to let it air dry though, given the fact that sunshine will help to keep the white bedding as bright as possible.
Please note that not all bedding can be machine washed and dried. Some materials, such as silk, may need special cleaning methods to avoid damage to the fabric material. Before washing your bedding, check the washing instructions on the label.
What Do I Do with Persistent Stains?
As you may know already, persistent stains on bedding may need a little extra attention. When you are dealing with persistent stains, it is unwise to place the bedding straight into the washing machine. Instead, use a special stain remover on the stain before you place it into the washing machine.
We do need to mention that stain removal may vary according to the fabric material of your bedding. For example, cotton is a material that can handle many stain removal products, but silk is a lot more delicate.
The easiest bedding materials to remove stains from are cotton, synthetics and wool, while the most difficult is silk. That being said, special stain removal products can be obtained for materials such as silk. As long as you read the instructions of the stain removal products, there is no reason why you cannot use stain removal techniques on silk bedding.
Should I Clean My Mattress as Well?
Bedding should be cleaned on a regular basis, but so should your mattress. Even though a mattress does not get dirty quickly, the removal of dust and skin cells will promote a good night sleep and make your bed more hygienic.
To clean your mattress properly, you will need a good vacuum cleaner and the appropriate extension piece. It is recommended to start vacuuming at the top of your mattress and work your way down. Also, do not forget about the sides of your mattress during this process.
In addition to vacuuming, many people steam their mattress as well. However, steaming can pose a problem, given the fact that steaming may leave your mattress damp and cause mould. Still, if steaming is executed properly and the mattress is allowed to air dry, there is no reason why you cannot use the steamer on it to get rid of some bacteria.
Once you have finished the initial clean, it is time to smell! Mattresses that have been slept on for a few months can start to have a damp smell or can smell of sweat. To tackle this problem, you can use some baking soda and a scrub brush. Before you use the baking soda on the mattress, you can also use a couple of drops of lavender oil, which will provide a lovely fragrance to your mattress and promote a good night sleep!