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All About | Aug 29, 2019

A Guide to Caring for your Bedding

All AboutAug 29, 2019

A Guide to Caring for your Bedding

We begin and end every day in bed, and spend more than a third of our lives there—so it’s well worth the effort to keep yours as pristine as possible. Just like room temperature, amount of darkness and noise level, the cleanliness of your bed components plays a key role in setting up a soothing sleep environment. To help you keep track, we’ve created this handy guide for how often to wash, change and replace your bedroom staples.


How often and how to wash

The universal recommendation is to wash your sheets every week or so. Wash on a cool or warm cycle, and line-dry naturally to preserve fibers, colors and elasticity. If you’re using a dryer, choose a low heat and a low tumble cycle. Make sure you alternate sheet sets every time you change them in order to preserve quality. Tip: If you’ve been under the weather, you should wash your sheets immediately upon recovering to prevent getting sick again. Make sure the water is hot (between 140 and 150 degrees) to kill the germs.

Why it’s important

Investing in good sheets means investing in properly taking care of them, so we recommend The Laundress Signature Detergent because it's non-toxic. The average person only changes their sheets every 24 days, which is not nearly enough. While it’s unpleasant to contemplate, given the amount of time you spend in bed, your sheets inevitably collect dead skin cells, body oils and fluids—not to mention dust mites and pet hair (if you own a cat or dog). Not only is sleeping in unwashed sheets gross, it can also exacerbate health issues, like infections, allergies and asthma. Regularly washing your sheets ensures you banish all that buildup.

How often to replace

The average person hasn’t replaced their sheets in 2.5 years, which is about 6 months too late. Ideally, sheet sets should be completely replaced every 2 years (or 6 months to 1 year for pillowcases) to continue enjoying the best possible sleep experience.


How often and how to wash

While most down and down alternative pillows are machine washable, we recommend dry cleaning whenever possible, once every four months or so, if you can swing it. Washing accelerates the breakdown of the delicate fibers and will eventually flatten your pillow. If dry cleaning isn’t an option, wash gently in cold water using a mild liquid detergent. Run the rinse cycle twice to get rid of any lingering detergent residue, and tumble dry low. Using a pillow protector will also significantly increase your pillow’s longevity. 

How often to replace

Did you know the average 2-year-old pillow contains 17 species of fungus? In general, it’s a good idea to replace your pillow every 18 months, 24 months max (feather and down pillows tend to last longer than synthetics). A good rule of thumb: If you’re unsure whether your pillow has reached its expiration date, try the fold test...fold your pillow in half, and watch it spring back to shape. If it stays folded, it’s time for a new one.

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Comforters and Duvets

How often and how to wash 

We recommend using a cover for your duvet or comforter and washing it every few weeks. Wash the insert once every six months at least (a recent study showed that an uncovered duvet that’s unwashed for six months can contain up to 20,000 live dust mites). Wash on its own using cold water in the gentle cycle, and use the bare minimum of mild detergent. Make sure and pour the detergent directly into the drum of the machine or the detergent compartment, but not directly on the duvet. After washing, put it through one more rinse cycle to get rid of any lingering soap residue. Running late? No problem! Spritz The Fabric Fresh Spray to freshen up when you're on the go! 

How often to replace

There’s no hard and fast rule on this one—depending on the quality of your duvet, it can last anywhere from 5 years to 10 years. If your duvet starts to feel limp, the filling isn’t evenly spread or the filling starts to poke through the casing, then it’s time to say goodbye. 


How often to flip

You should flip your mattress end-to-end once per season, and also use a mattress cover—it will help protect your mattress from allergy-causing dust.

How often to replace

Again, this one depends on the quality of your mattress. A budget-friendly option should see you through a good 8 to 10 years, while a higher-end mattress could last many more. If you regularly start waking up with a stiff back, that probably means the cushioning and/or springs have worn down and it’s time to go mattress shopping. 

Follow these guidelines, and you can rest assured that you’ve laid the foundation for great sleep. When you take good care of your sheets, pillows, comforter and mattress, your bed will always remain a happy haven.

Kamala Nair is a London-based writer. Her work has appeared in 1stdibs Introspective, Luxe Interiors + Design and, among other publications. Read an excerpt of her debut novel, The Girl in the Garden (Grand Central Publishing, 2011) here:

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