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Tips for Bedding Care

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Are you one of those people who likes to spend a lot of time wrapped up in your bed sheets and blankets? You would like to get more sleep; you are on your way to being healthier and more alert. The place where you start and end the day is your bed, and where you spend nearly a third of your life. Your laundry habits may or may not reflect this but oil from your hair and face can leave a lasting impression on your bedding. So why not make it the cleanest, freshest, and most comfortable spot in your home? To know the right way to wash, dry, and store your bed’s components is essential to creating a soothing sweet sleep environment.

Your Bed as a Centerpiece

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Your bed is considered to be the centerpiece of the bedroom. Shams, decorative pillows, duvet covers and throws all work to create your bedroom overall aesthetics. Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your room. Dress it very beautifully, with freshly laundered linens in pleasing hues and patterns. Soft floral or geometric motifs, and crisp stripes on the light blue background for an effect both stylish and cozy. You can make your bedroom more conducive to sleep, adjust the lighting, temperature, and noise level to suit your needs.

Bed Spreadsheets Care

Bed Linen

Bed Linen

Regular wash: In general it is good to launder them weekly to remove dirt and dust. But how often you wash your sheets is a personal preference. In order not to shrink fibers, use warm water rather than hot, and wash printed and colored pillowcases inside out to protect the color. To be sure it is advised to check the care label before washing, especiallt if your sheets feature delicate trim.

When there are tough stains, use oxygenated bleach on whites and light colors (chlorine bleach is too harsh for most linens). Many skin products contain oxidizing agents that actually can bleach the sheets. Cosmetics and face lotions are a common cause of discoloration.

Dry: Tumble dry sheets according to label instructions, and remove them before they are fully dry to help minimize wrinkles. Make sure sheets are dry before storing them. Ironing sheets is a surefire way to make them feel new again and it will help to soften them as well.

Store: It is better to avoid storing sheets in plastic containers, which can trap moisture and foster the growth of mildew. Keep sheets, neatly folded, in a cool, dry closet or drawer.

Pillows Cover Care

Pillow Case

Pillow Cases

Pillow covers help keep allergens at bay while shielding pillows from hair and body oils, which can soak into the filling.

Wash: Even if you use protectors, pillows should to be washed at least twice a year, the covers once a month (along with your mattress cover). Most synthetic pillows are machine washable; make sure you check the label. It is preferable to use liquid detergent rather than powder, which may leave a residue. Launder pillows in pairs to keep your machine balanced. Run them through the rinse cycle twice the second time without the detergent, to ensure they are well rinsed.

In the dryer: Use the air cycle or low-heat setting, and make sure the pillows are completely dry. High heat can encourage clumping in polyester-filled pillows, so dry them on low heat.

Everyday upkeep: Plump pillows daily when you make your bed, to keep the filling from becoming flattened.

Selection: If you are the one who can be called stomach sleepers, then you will do best on soft (preferably down) pillows, which reduce neck strain; back sleepers need a medium-firm pillow that is flatter and firmer. Medium-firm or firm pillows are best if you sleep on your side or toss and turn a lot.

Mattress Care

Mattress Cover

Mattress Cover

A mattress cover is the best way to protect your mattress from an allergy-causing dust. Choose a cover that is quilted or padded with feathers for added softness. Wash the cover once a month. Replacing an old mattress and increasing a room’s ventilation are two most effective ways to reduce dust.

Healthy Spreadsheets

Today you can find spreadsheets in different attractive colors, supple textures, and countless patterns.

For quality breathable linens that will last for years, choose the ones made entirely out of cotton. Cotton comes in a variety of weaves, from fuzzy flannel to crisp percale, which softens nicely the more it is washed. Harvested without harmful pesticides, organic cotton is environmentally friendly.

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