Your bedroom is your sanctuary and the place where you can rest and relax after a busy day, so you will want to take care to maintain your comfort zone by keeping your bedding in great shape.
If you want some attractive pillows and coverlets as well as duvet covers, there is always a website to give you what you want, so the next step after you have given your bed a makeover is to get it looking, smelling, and feeling just how you want it.
General washing tips
When it is laundry day for your bedding it is best to prepare your sheets and everything else that is going into the wash, rather than simply load it straight into the washing machine.
Start by removing any spots before the textile goes in to the washer, as you will be creating a permanent issue if you just rely on the machine to do the work for you.
Oily stains and spots from things like body lotion are commonplace on sheets and if you don’t attempt to remove these spots beforehand, your washer will more than likely cook and bake them on permanently.
A simple way of removing these spots is to use dish soap. All you have to do is wet the spot and then apply some of the soap, taking care to scrub with the level of care and vigor appropriate to the fragility of your fabric.
Prepping your laundry in general is vital if you want the bedding to last well and not get damaged, so check buttons and Velcro to ensure it is secure and turn patterned fabrics inside out.
Easy on the detergent
It is often a wise move to use less detergent than the manufacturer recommends, as too much of it can have the effect of weakening the fibers of your bedding over a period of time.
Some natural solutions are gaining popularity and are worth looking at as they could help to protect your bedding and give it a longer life, as well as allowing you to be greener with your use of detergents.
Avoid putting detergent directly on your fabrics as this can cause discoloration and avoid fabric softeners if you can, as they can have the effect of forming a coating on natural fibers and start to break them down.
Drying your bedding
If at all possible, try to line dry your sheets and duvet covers, as it is going to save you money of course, but it is also kinder to your bedding too.
Not all of us have this option, so if you are using a dryer, arrange to take the sheets out of the machine before they are completely dry and allow them to finish drying on a rack. Cotton blankets however, can actually fare better in a dryer, as air drying them can make them feel a bit crispy and they might also lose a bit of their fluffiness. Just keep the heat setting low and again, arrange to take them out before they are completely dry.
Take care of your bedding and it will take care of you.
Phoebe West is a stay-at-home Mom to 3 girls, a menagerie of pets and a husband! She takes pride in her home and is always working on a decor or craft project. She writes for various women's lifestyle and parenting sites.