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How to Take Care of Your Bedding

At Briscoes, we understand how important a well-maintained, comfortable bed is. Your bed is your refuge, and your bedding is the key to a good night's sleep. 

In this guide, we're taking you on a journey to unlock the secrets of bedding care. We'll explore why it's essential, and help you create a sleep sanctuary that's both cosy and durable.

Why it’s important to keep your bedding clean

Keeping your bedding clean is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it helps maintain a healthy sleep environment by preventing the buildup of allergens, like dust mites and pet dander, which can lead to allergies and discomfort. 

Secondly, clean bedding ensures that your sleep space is inviting and free from unpleasant odours and stains, contributing to a peaceful night's rest. 

Finally, proper bedding care prolongs the lifespan of your favourite sheets and pillows, saving you money in the long run. So, whether it's for health, comfort, or financial reasons, keeping your bedding clean is a must.

Benefits of taking proper care of your bedding

Taking good care of your bedding offers heaps of benefits that can transform your sleep into a restful, rejuvenating experience.  

So, let's dive in and explore how bedding care can upgrade your sleep sanctuary.

Better sleep quality

Caring for your bedding leads to better sleep quality. When your sheets and pillows are clean and cosy, it means you can sleep more comfortably without any annoying disruptions. It's like upgrading from a regular bed to a super comfy one. So, looking after your bedding is like giving yourself the gift of better sleep.

Your bedding lasts longer

Taking care of your bedding helps it last longer. Just like regular maintenance can make your car run smoothly for years, giving your sheets, pillows, and duvets some extra care can extend their lifespan. This means you won't have to replace them as often, and you'll save money in the long run.

How to take care of your bedding

Now, let's get practical and explore how to take care of your bedding. We're going to dive into the nitty-gritty details of sheet washing, pillow fluffing, duvet cover maintenance, and more. These straightforward steps will ensure that your bedding remains cosy, clean, and in tip-top condition.

1. Sheets

First, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of looking after your sheets.

How often should you wash your sheets?

The frequency of sheet washing depends on your lifestyle and personal preference. We recommend washing your sheets every one to two weeks, as this strikes a balance between maintaining cleanliness and preventing excessive wear. 

However, if you're particularly sensitive to allergens, weekly washing may be a better choice. It's also a good idea to wash them more frequently during hot and humid months to remove sweat and body oils that can accumulate.

How to wash your sheets

When it comes to laundering your sheets, it's vital to use a gentle detergent. Harsh detergents can damage the fabric and cause colours to fade prematurely. Always check the care label on your sheets for specific instructions, as different materials may require different care. 

It's typically advisable to wash your sheets in cold or warm water, as hot water can cause them to shrink. If you've invested in high-quality, delicate sheets, consider using a mesh laundry bag to prevent friction and pilling.

How to dry your sheets

Drying your sheets properly is crucial to maintain their softness and prevent wrinkles. Tumble dry your sheets on a low heat setting. High heat can weaken the fibres and cause them to degrade more quickly. Once the cycle is complete, promptly remove your sheets from the dryer to minimise wrinkles. If you prefer an even more crisp look, consider lightly ironing your sheets, following the manufacturer's recommendations for iron settings based on the fabric.

Storing clean sheets

After washing and drying, your clean sheets should be folded neatly or, if you prefer, stored in a bedding closet or drawer. Proper storage helps keep them dust-free and ready to use. Using scented sachets or cedar blocks can add a pleasant fragrance and deter pests from making a home in your linens.

2. Pillows

Let's keep it simple when it comes to pillow care:

Spot cleaning 

For small spills or stains, use a mild detergent and a damp cloth to clean. Make sure it's completely dry before using.

Washing your pillows 

Check the care label for washing instructions. Generally, synthetic pillows can be machine-washed every 6-12 months, while down or feather pillows can be washed once a year. Use a mild detergent and a gentle cycle. Take a look at our guide to washing pillows for more.

Drying and fluffing your pillows

Put your pillows in the dryer with tennis balls or dryer balls to prevent clumping. Use a low-heat or no-heat setting to avoid damaging the pillows. Give them a good shake and knead between washes to keep them comfy.

When to replace your pillows 

Pillows have a lifespan. When they lose their shape, support, or overall comfort, it's time to replace them. Generally, every 1-2 years is a good rule of thumb. 

To make them last longer, make sure you’re rotating your pillows. This ensures even wear and tear, so they stay comfy.


3. Duvet covers and inners

Duvet covers and inners – they're the key to a comfy bed. We'll learn how to keep them clean, cosy, and free from allergens.

Fluff regularly

Regularly fluffing your duvet is essential to maintain its even distribution and prevent clumping. This can be as simple as giving it a good shake and fluffing it out after making your bed. This prevents the filling from bunching up and ensures a consistent level of warmth and comfort.

Cleaning your duvet cover

Duvet covers are like protective shields for your duvet inner. They shield it from dirt, sweat, and allergens, so keeping them clean is vital. Most duvet covers are machine washable, which makes cleaning a breeze. 

However, it's crucial to follow the care label instructions to avoid any accidental damage or shrinkage. Regular washing not only keeps your bed looking fresh but also creates a healthier sleeping environment by removing allergens that may have settled on the cover.

Cleaning your duvet inner

While duvet inners don't need frequent washing, it's essential to check the care label for specific instructions. Some duvet inners can be machine-washed, but others may require professional cleaning. Following these instructions ensures you don't damage the filling or the inner's overall structure. For more info on washing your duvet inner, check out our handy guide.


4. Mattress protector

Let's talk about mattress protectors, the silent defenders of your bed.

Cleaning your mattress protector

Most mattress protectors are machine washable. Always consult the care label for specific instructions. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of dust mites, sweat, and allergens, promoting a healthier sleep environment. Ensure your protector is completely dry before putting it back on the mattress to prevent mould and odours.


Storage and seasonal bedding care

Let's go deeper into bedding storage and seasonal care:

Cleaning and drying

Preparing your bedding for storage begins with cleanliness and dryness. Before you store any item, ensure it's impeccably clean. Launder your sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases as you would regularly. 

However, when washing your duvet and pillows, follow the specific care instructions provided. Be absolutely certain that your bedding items are thoroughly dry before storage. Even the slightest bit of moisture can lead to mould, mildew, and a musty smell over time.

Breathable storage

It's imperative to invest in the right storage solutions. Opt for breathable storage bags or containers. These are specifically designed to allow air circulation while keeping your bedding safe. They are an excellent choice to guard against dust, and they help to maintain the freshness of your bedding. 

However, avoid using plastic bags or airtight containers, as they can trap moisture, which is a big no-no for long-term storage.

Fold and organise your bedding

Neatly fold your bedding items before placing them in storage. Avoid stuffing or cramming, as this can lead to wrinkles and creases. Folding your items carefully not only saves space but also helps maintain their pristine condition.

Switch it up for the seasons

As the seasons transition, so should your bedding. In warmer months, opt for lighter sheets and covers to stay comfortable. 

Come winter, bring out the heavier, warmer bedding to combat the chill. It's a wise idea to air out your off-season bedding before making the switch. This can help remove any stored odours and refresh your bedding for its next use.

Take the first step to a cosier bedroom

Ready to take the first step toward a cosier bedroom? Explore Briscoes' extensive range of high-quality bedding options. From sheets and duvet covers to pillows and protectors, we have everything you need to make your bed the most inviting spot in your home. 

Elevate your bedding experience with Briscoes today.