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Linen 101

Your Resource Guide to Everything About Linen

General Use & Care

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It is important to properly care for all your bedding essentials in order to keep them clean and looking and feeling new. Knowing the right way to wash, dry and store your bedding is just one step to take towards a better sleep environment.

How to Wash

Sheets and Standard Pillowcases

According to health experts it is a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcases about every two weeks to remove any dirt and dust. Use warm water, never hot water, because this can shrink the fibers in the material. Remember to flip colored and printed pillowcases inside out, so as to protect its color and design. If your sheets or pillowcases feature a delicate trim or special embroidery take precaution and check the manufacturer's care label, about how to go about washing them. Once they are washed, tumble dry the sheets and pillowcases according to the label instructions. Remember to never let them fully dry, as to prevent wrinkles. Remove them from the dryer when they are still a bit humid and leave them air dry on a flat surface, or even on your bed. However, if you are washing then storing, you want to let the sheets and pillowcases dry completely before putting them away. Otherwise, your linens may foster the growth of mildew. Make sure you store your linens in a cool, dry space, lining the area with acid-free tissue paper to avoid yellow stains from forming on the fabric.

Comforters and Duvets

Like sheets and pillowcases it is recommended to clean duvet covers every two weeks, while comforters only have to be washed monthly. Strictly follow the manufacturer's care instructions, and make sure your washing machine can handle such a heavy load. (If it can’t, bring it to a laundromat or a dry cleaners). If your bedding has down filling make sure it is wet-cleaned, or dry cleaned. It is also a good idea to thoroughly dry your comforter or duvet, as moistness could lead to mildew. Store your bedding in a cool, dry place away from light or moisture.

Freshness tip: consider letting your comforter or duvet dry on the clothesline. This will add a great fresh scent. Remember to fluff your bedding (like you would a pillow) when it comes out of the dryer!

Mattresses

Washing your mattress can be tricky, but one thing you can do to fully protect your mattress is using a mattress cover. This will prevent and protect your mattress from spills, perspiration and allergy-causing dust. This cover should be washed monthly. Now for your actual mattress some experts suggest to flip it or rotate it once per season, or every six months. This ensures that your weight is distributed equally throughout the year.

Pillows

Pillows need to be hand washed. Start by removing the pillow protector, fill the sink up hot water, add a hypoallergenic detergent and swish around your pillow. Rinse several times and use a cloth towel to dry. If you have a feather filled pillow do not twist it or you’ll break all the feathers! Dry the pillows in the dryer, air dry or by hanging them outside. As it is drying remember to fluff it every twenty minutes to ensure an even spread of the filling inside the pillow.

Quick Care Tips

- If you want to get rid of wrinkles on your linens without using an iron, try washing, putting them into the dryer and then taking them out while they’re still a little damp. Hang them on a clothes rack, a clothes line, or even on your bed, and let them dry straight.

- When in doubt read the care label.

- It all starts with protection. Make sure to invest in a mattress protection cover and a protective hypoallergenic cover for your pillows. These will prevent stains, and allergy-causing dust mites, and will make cleaning much easier.

- Try vacuuming your mattress when you change your sheets. This will keep dust from accumulating and will remove human hair, pet hair and dander.

Hang your linens outside to dry if the temperature allows it. This will refresh both your bedding fabrics and fills.

Care tips at a glance

Frequency Storing Care tips
Sheets & Pillow cases Once every 2 weeks Dry completely at store in a cool, dry space, lining the linens with acid-free tissue paper. Avoid storing in hard plastic containers. Remember to never let them fully dry, as to prevent wrinkles.
Comforters Once a month Bring it to a laundromat or a dry cleaners if it's too bulky for your machine.
Duvets Once every 2 weeks Remember to fluff your filling when it comes out of the dryer.
Mattresses Rotate every 6 months Avoid storing in a basement. Make sure it is thoroughly clean, and place in a mattress protector. Wash your mattress cover monthly.
Pillows Every 6 months Don't force a pillow into a container. Place it in a pillow protector, and avoid storing in warm, moist places. Wash using a hypoallergenic detergent.

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