How To Wash Bedding

 Follow our guide on how to wash bed sheets will tell you everything you need to know about laundering bedding to keep it as clean, soft and as fresh as can be. 

What temperature should you wash bedding at?

Everyone has different views when it comes to which temperature we should be washing our bed linen at. Some say that washing at 90°c is a must for killing bacteria and giving sheets a deep clean, while others swear by washing at 30°c to save energy and reduce the risk of shrinkage. We recommend that you should always wash your bedding at the temperature stated on the product’s care instructions which can be found its label. This way, you can be certain that the temperature you’re washing your sheets at is suitable for the type of fabric they’re made from.

How often should I wash my bed sheets?

We recommend washing your bed sheets at least once every 2 weeks. Although this does depend on a range of factors as the length of time you should leave between washes can vary significantly for a number of reasons. For instance, it may be wise to wash and change your bedding at least once a week if any of the following apply to you: 


  • You’re unwell - If you’re a little under the weather it’s a good idea to wash your bed sheets more regularly than you usually would, as this should prevent nasty bacteria from hanging around in your sheets. 

  • You sweat regularly - Sweating during the night is perfectly normal, particularly on those stuffy summer nights. Therefore if you’ve been sweating more than usual, or you find that you often sweat quite heavily throughout the night then washing your sheets once a week or more may be the best option for you.  

  • You have allergies - Dust mites and pollen both cling to fabric, making it really difficult to get a good night’s sleep if you suffer from Hayfever or other allergies. Washing your sheets more regularly should help to freshen your sheets and keep those sneezes at bay.

Can you wash bed linen and towels together? 


No. You should not put bedding and towels in the same wash as towels can cause friction which often leads to a build up of lint balls that stick to your sheets and reduce their lifespan. Not only this, but towels are much thicker  than bed sheets, meaning that they take much longer to wash and dry than bedding. 

 

Should you wash new bedding before you use it?

 

It’s always a good idea to wash new bed sheets before putting them on your bed as chemicals that could potentially irritate the skin are often used during the manufacturing process of bed linen. One such chemical is formaldehyde resin, which is used to treat various polycotton products that have to be shipped across long distances. Washing new sheets before using them can get rid of these chemicals, reducing the risk of irritation when using them for the first time.

Should you put bedding in the dryer? 

Yes, tumble-drying bed sheets is perfectly fine, in fact this may give them a softer feel than air drying. However, we do recommend following these tips when drying your bedding:


  • Don’t put any other garments or towels in the dryer at the same time as your bedding. Towels take much longer to dry than bed sheets, which is why it’s recommended to always separate the two when drying. If you put clothes in the tumble-dryer along with your bedding, these items can get trapped inside the sheets which could be problematic. 
  • When your washing machine cycle has ended, make sure you take your bed sheets out straight away and put them in the dryer. Leaving damp sheets in the washing machine after the cycle has ended can encourage mould, which could leave your sheets dirtier than when you first put them in the wash!
  • Shake, shake shake! Always give your sheets a good shake when taking them out of the washing machine and putting them into the dryer. This will prevent wrinkles and also help your bedding to dry much quicker than if it ended up scrunched up in a ball inside your tumble dryer.
  • Always follow the instructions stated on the product’s guidelines when selecting the temperature you would like to dry your sheets at. If there are no instructions then make sure you set the tumble dryer to a medium or low setting, as hot temperatures can reduce the quality of your bedding over time.

 

 

 

We hope this guide has provided you with some useful tips on how to wash bedding and how to dry bed sheets to keep them looking and feeling the best they possibly can.

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