Tips to Clean Your Entire Collection of Bedding Products
If you have some extra time at home these days, you may be cleaning more often than you usually do and cleaning items that you might not usually have as much time to attend to. People around the country are cleaning their bedding items such as sheets, mattress protectors, blankets, toppers, and even their mattresses! It goes without saying that many of these items - especially large bedding items like mattresses and toppers - probably don't get enough TLC. If you've wondered how to best clean a variety of your bedding items, this post has you covered!
Washing Your Sheets
Most of us do relatively well in keeping our sheets clean, and that's a great thing since we spend so much time in our sheets! Experts suggest washing your sheets weekly using warm water to kill bacteria and germs that could be lurking. While many individuals wash their sheets and towels in the same load of laundry, towels can cause lint to stick to your sheets and wear them out faster. For best results, wash your sheets and pillowcases separately from your other bedding. If your sheets are patterned, turn pillowcases inside out before washing to prevent fading.
Washing Your Duvet Covers and Comforters
While these larger bedding items probably don't get enough cleaning attention, they certainly get the brunt of sweat, skin cells, and other things our bodies produce while we sleep. It is ideal for our comforters and duvet covers to be washed as often as our sheets, but, in most circumstances, that is not going to happen. Aim instead for washing these outer bedding items one per month or two months, and make sure to check the tag to see if your comforter or duvet cover is machine washable or dry clean only. As with sheets, aim to wash machine washable outer bedding solo to prolong the lives of your duvet covers and comforters.
Washing Your Mattress Pads and Toppers
Mattress pads and toppers, like pillows, are made from many different types of materials that dictate how they should be washed and cared for. As with duvet covers and comforters, make sure to check the tags on your mattress pads, protectors, and toppers (and all your bedding products) to see what is recommended for their care. For cotton and vinyl-backed mattress pads and fiber-filled toppers, washing can generally take place in the washing machine. Wash these items as you would your sheets, but make sure to use cool water and gentle detergent for best results. Machine washable toppers and pads have drying temperatures on their labels and can be dried in the dryer according to these instructions. Any bedding products made from memory foam cannot be placed in the washing machine and are spot clean only.
Washing Your Pillows
Down and fiber-filled pillows can be washed in the washing machine using warm water and the same detergent you use to clean your sheets. Try to stick to one to two pillows per washing load to decrease the probablity of your washer being offkilter. In order to make sure that all the detergent is out of your pillows, run them through a wash cycle an extra one or two times. Remember to never wring out down pillows, as this can damage the feathers inside.
Memory foam pillows are hand wash only, though many pillows have removeable covers that can be washed in the washing machine like you would a pillowcase. Spot clean your memory foam pillow using a damp cloth, and make sure that the pillow is completely dry before you place it back on your bed, as foam can mold. Alternatively, you can vacuum a dry memory foam pillow. This blog post is all about cleaning and care of memory foam and is a terrific resource for this matter!
Washing Your Mattress
Lastly, our mattresses are probably the least-often cleaned bedding item but also one of the dirtiest. Obviously, we can't just pop our mattresses in the washing machine or even take them to the dry cleaner. Adding a mattress protector can help prevent your mattress from absorbing the perspiration and boldily fluids that our mattresses are subjected to. If your mattress does get a stain on it, using baking soda, enzyme cleaner or hyrdogen peroxide on a damp cloth can help. Check out this blog post for specifics on getting stains out of mattreses.
If it's time for you to get more diligent about cleaning your bedding, why not start now? You only have things to gain from maintaining a clean and healthy environment, and the tips in this post for each type of bedding can get you well on your way to a happy bedroom!