The look and comfort of our beds has a huge impact on how well we sleep. Making a good bed takes much more than purchasing nice beddings. It is about taking proper care of them to retain their good look. This article guides the reader with some tips about beddings.

Cleaning and storing tips

Sometimes our beddings acquire stains and oily spots when we use them. It is important to remove these spots before putting them in the washing machine. You wet the dirty spot; apply soap and massage gently to get rid of the dirt. A nail brush can also be used to scrub the fabric if the linen is not too fragile.

Beddings should be washed separately from other garments especially those with metal zippers and rough texture. Mixing them with other clothes can cause abrasion and pilling. White beddings are very sensitive and should never be mixed with other clothes at all.

Use mild detergents while washing beddings. It is important to use lesser amount of detergent than the specification of the manufacturer. Detergents that are made from plant extracts are gentler on the fabric than regular ones. The fragrance and chemicals in regular detergents damage the linen. Excessive use of detergent also weakens the fiber of your beddings.

Wash the beddings in cold water. If hot water is used, the high temperature makes the fabric’s fiber break down reducing its durability and lifespan. If you are not going to use cold water to clean beddings, then use warm water.

Fill the washing machine with detergent and water prior to adding the fabric. This is to ensure that the detergent is fully diluted. Detergent should not be added directly to the fabric as this can cause discoloration to the beddings. Liquid detergents are better than powder ones which cause residue formation.

Avoid fabric softeners while cleaning. They coat the natural fibers of the beddings and break them down.

Avoid using bleach to clean your beddings. It damages the fabric and led to yellowing of the beddings especially white ones. It also makes them feel crusty and decrease their absorbency. Some products such as toothpastes discolor the beddings when they come into contact with them.

To prevent sheets from getting stale store them in a space that is not tightly packed to allow circulation.

Linen should not be stored in plastic to avoid yellowing of the fabric. They should not be tightly packed to prevent air circulation.

Drying and ironing tips

Line drying is the best method of drying beddings. You let them dry in an outdoor space. It is good to remove them while damp and let them air dry. Shake them to prevent wrinkles

Sometimes when beddings such as cotton blankets are air dried, they become crusty and lose their fluffiness. To prevent this, take the beddings while they are still damp and dry them using a dryer that is set low. When the dryer is too hot, it will ruin the beddings by weakening and breaking the natural fibers. A mild drying method should be used to dry them.

 Bedding made of wool such as wool blanket should be hand-washed but not so often. Dry it by letting it lie flat. To iron it, lay it flat and cover it with moist linen to press the wool without harming it. Wool throws and blankets should be allowed to air frequently to keep them fresh. You could take them outside or near an open window. Beddings such as sheets and pillowcases should be ironed while damp to make them softer. If the sheets have embroidery, iron them on the reverse.

Choose beddings that add style and class to your bedroom. Style is a matter of personal preference. Invest in cotton sheets especially those with high thread count as they are more durable and softer. Featherbed or polyester fiber bed is softer than other beds. Best bamboo sheets are a great choice; they are soft and resistant to pilling and shrinking. Use double pillowcases to give more protection to your pillow and pillowcase. Use a zippered pillow protector to protect the pillow from dirt. Vacuum your bed once in a while to remove accumulated dust.

Published by Ella Woods