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November 23, 2017
While care labels are a great starting place, proper Bedding maintenance requires additional steps and is essential for increasing the longevity of your linens. So we created this guide to help answer the most frequent Bedding care questions, from how often to wash your Comforters, to the best way to store them and more.
What to Avoid
To maintain the premium quality of your Bedding, avoid harsh liquid and powdered detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets and bleaching agents as these coat and weaken the natural fibers. Also keep your Bedding away from household cleaners and personal care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids to prevent discolouration.
Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers and Comforters should be washed every seven to ten days, and decorative products or extra layers that don’t come in as much direct contact with your skin (like Throws or Euro Shams) should be cleaned every three months.
Pillows, Duvets, Comforters and Mattress Protectors should be washed less often – every three to six months. Mattress Toppers/Beds should be taken to your dry cleaner every six months. Pro tip: Wash Bedding Basics at the start of each season as an easy way to maintain a regular cleaning schedule.
Washing and Drying
Fill the washer with cool water for Percale and Sateen Sheets, or fill the washer with warm water for Linen Sheets and Essential Duvets, Covers & Comforters. Add mild, liquid Laundry Detergent – less than the manufacturer calls for. Allow the soap to dissolve before loading your Bedding into the washing machine. If you do use bleach, make sure it’s non-chlorine. We recommend Vanish for removing stains or adding vinegar and baking soda to the wash cycle to brighten your Bedding. 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.
To dry, half load the machine to prevent twisted Bedding, allowing the fabric to fluff up. Set the dryer to low heat, as overheating causes the fibers to become brittle and the colour to fade. If applying the linens directly to the bed after laundering, pull them out just before they’re dry. Slightly damp Sheets will prevent wrinkles – no need to iron.
No one wants dust mites! These unwelcome visitors are responsible for causing acne and also triggering asthma-like symptoms or chronic sinus problems. Bedding protectors help reduce the dust mite population and improve the lifespan of your products.
Adopting these few simple practices can further protect your comforters:
Folding and Storage
You should have a couple sets of Comforters & Duvets per bed for convenience or in case of accidents. To store your extra linens, choose a closet or trunk that is dry and cool, avoids direct sunlight (sunlight can cause permanent yellowing) and is well-ventilated. These natural fibers need air to breathe! Never store your Bedding in plastic containers – these trap moisture and result in mildew – and avoid cardboard, which may transfer acids to the fabric. Pro tip: If you have multiple sized beds in your home (for example, your child has a twin, the guest room has a 2 queens and the master has a king), dedicate a specific shelf in the linen closet to each Bedding size. It’ll make identifying the right linens as easy as a breeze.
Before folding linens to store, make sure they are completely dry. We recommend to spritz linen spray or tuck a bag of lavender inside each to keep things smelling fresh.
Frequent washing breaks down even the highest quality Bedding, so replace your Sheets, Duvet Covers and Comforter when you see signs of aging like stains or fraying hems. For a quick Bedding update, replace Pillowcases every six months, as oils from your skin and hair, moisturizers, makeup etc. transfer to the fabric while you sleep. Duvets & Comforters should be replaced when they begin to look limp or flat, and Pillows should be replaced when they no longer look evenly filled even after fluffing. (Note: If you’re waking up with neck or back pain, you may have chosen the wrong type of Pillow for your preferred sleep position. Consult our Pillow Guide to identify the right one for you in our Pillow section.
November 23, 2017
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