The average person will spend about 25 years of their lives sleeping. So it’s worth investing in some quality bedding and doing your homework on keeping your investment in top shape!
Quality bedding should be a long-term investment. After all, a big chunk of your life is going to be spent in bed! Like any sort of investment, it’s important to choose the right product from the outset. However, a little bit of care can go a long way in ensuring that your bedding stays in top condition for years to come.
Getting it right from the beginning
Look for bedding with a high thread count. Not only will it be more comfortable, but it will also have higher durability. Also, when buying fitted sheets, make sure you get the right size. Sheets should fit comfortably without any stretching or straining as this will cause unnecessary stress, causing the sheets to break down prematurely.
Care and maintenance
To prolong the life of your bedding, it is important to ensure proper maintenance and care:
Prepare your sheets before use: Pre-washing your sheets before you use them helps to ‘set the threads’ and avoid pilling.
Avoid harsh chemicals: Some detergents contain harmful chemicals that can cause colour fading and yellowing. Unless bedding is soiled, it’s best to use a mild or ‘baby’ detergent. Anything that contains bleach or brighteners should be avoided. To avoid the need for harsh stain removal products, soak any stains immediately as they occur.
Remove face creams and make-up: Some facial treatments, especially acne creams containing benzyl peroxide, can harm fabrics so it’s best to avoid applying these before bedtime if you can. Similarly, cosmetics and moisturisers can cause pillowcases and sheets to discolour, so try to ensure that these have been thoroughly removed.
Don’t use fabric softener: While a fabric softener might make your sheets feel softer in the short-term, ultimately it will result in the premature deterioration of your bedding. This is because fabric softeners work by breaking down fibres in the material. Sheets with a high thread count will become softer every time you wash them anyway – no need for fabric softeners.
Wash similar fabrics together: Washing your bed linen with rough fabrics such as denim, polyester or other synthetics, or items with zippers, will increase the likelihood of pilling. Wash printed and colored sheets and pillowcases inside-out to maintain brightness.
Use a gentle cycle: Wash sheets on a delicate cycle and avoid overloading the machine as this can lead to fabric breakdown through increased friction.
Avoid excessive heat: Washing sheets in hot water, drying them at high heat and ironing them will reduce their lifespan and may result in fading or shrinking. Wash sheets in warm water and avoid putting them in the dryer if possible.
If you must use a dryer: If you have no option but to use an electric dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible. Be careful not to leave your linen in the dryer for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Applying heat to already dry linen will result in accelerated damage to the fibres.
Washing doonas and pillows: It is not recommended to put doonas and pillows in a domestic washing machine. These should be dry-cleaned.
Storage: Avoid storing linen in plastic bags as these can trap moisture and lead to yellowing. For long-term storage, wrap linen in a cotton pillowcase or acid-free tissue paper to allow it to ‘breathe’. Make sure linen is fully dried before storing it.
Finally, always follow the care instructions on your bedding as particular fabrics may have specific requirements.