Show Your Bedding Some Love!

29 Jul 2015
Keep your beds, mattresses, and bedding in top shape with these easy-care tips.

Drifting off into a sweet sleep first starts with a good bed. How does yours measure up? Seeing as, statistically, we spend one-third of our lives in them, and in some cases for people like me – half of our lives in them, our beds and mattresses deserve proper care. They'll repay us with a well-rested sleep to hammer through our debilitating work day the next morning.

Steps to Bedding Care

THE FIRST STEP TO TAKING CARE OF YOUR BEDDING IS TO TAKE YOUR MATTRESS FOR A SPIN EVER SO OFTEN. Like your car, your mattress likes to be taken for a spin. So on a simple Sunday evening, when you’re not doing much, take the time out and rotate your mattress from head to toe. Practice doing this maybe every 3 months or so on average. To rotate, simply switch the roles of the mattress and place the end nearest to the headboard toward the foot of the bed, and vice versa. Rotating the mattresses helps prevent the formation of sleep crevices that your body engraves into the fibres and springs over time from sleeping in the same spot every night.

FLIP IT. Some mattresses should also be flipped every 6 months or so. While it goes without saying that pillow-top mattresses weren’t designed to be flipped, regular mattresses should be. This way, it wears down more evenly when each has a turn on the surface during a seasonal rotation. Check with your manufacturer for specific recommendations for your model.

SOP IT UP. Sometimes breakfast in bed comes at a price and accidents happen! A coffee spill or juice spill, even though dried, can leave a stench in the fabric of your mattress…so use protection – after all, prevention is better than cure. Protect mattresses from messy mishaps with mattress pads. They'll absorb moisture and spills before they soak through to the sponge.

NOW SUCK IT UP. In light of accidents happening in bed, most of these occur due to the lethargic act of eating in them. And this can also attract a number of insects that we usually hate to see…like roaches. These demonic creatures love crumbs. So regular vacuuming will keep your beds clean and fresh and bug free. Vacuuming removes dust, skin flakes, and the crumbs left over from your romantic breakfast in bed last Saturday morning.

BACK TO THE JOUKING BOARD. Hand washing your bed accessories is always the safer choice. Washing machines can be rough and it can help to deplete the texture and fabric of your comforters and pillows. In the tumble, washing machines can also rearrange certain paddings and dislocate or tear them. It can also drive the water between the sponges in you pillows, making certain breaks that leave the bulk of your pillows uneven.

However, if you’re in a rush, lazy, or have no idea how to hand wash and your only hope is a machine, it’s best you first prep the laundry by buttoning all buttons, closing Velcro so that it doesn’t get stuck to other materials, and turning your patterned pillow cases inside out. And do not wash with other fabrics that has zippers or harsh metals to avoid abrasions….especially on silk type bedding.

MAKE IT HOT! When washing your bedding, use warm to hot water to easily break down the grease. Oily, greasy, and sweaty stains from your body, hair, and beauty products are normal on sheets. So remove them by hand with dish washing soap: Wet the spot, apply the soap, and, if the fabric isn't fragile, massage and scrub with an old toothbrush.

Nb. A too-hot dryer is what ruins most fabrics. Hot water is not a problem, but a hot dryer weakens and breaks natural fibres, making it brittle and faded over time.

A MAJOR STEP IN CURATING YOUR BEDDING (IF YOU’RE USING THE MACHINE) IS TO CLEAN THE LINT FILTER REGULARLY.There’s nothing more annoying than after taking a nice bath, to lie down on your bed and pass your feet up and down and feel these little lumps of lint pilings on the sheeting. And razor blading it off is tedious work and can unravel the fabric. So checking the lint filters before washing is a must

SAVING BEDDING BAGS FOR STOCK! Saving the plastic bedding bags you bought them in for storage is a good way to keep all the pieces of the set in the right collection, avoid advanced wear and tear, and prevent dust mites from getting in between the sheeting and gnawing away at the seams.

BLEACH IS A NO NO! Even so-called “safe for fabric bleaches” are a tricky thing to play with and isn’t 100% guaranteed. So just abstain from it in totality. Anything that contains oxidizing agents should be avoided and can discolour pillowcases and sheets with bleach spots. So stay away! Stay far, far away!

KNOW WHEN IT’S RUN ITS COURSE. Knowing when to change your sheeting is a simple but easy step that many people overlook. A bedding should stay on your bed no longer than 6 weeks maximum. Not knowing when to change your sheeting and give the old one a wash is another sure way to abuse the bedroom set to a fast wear and tear.


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