For those of us who get the average 8 hours of sleep every night and naps in between the day, it would be logical to conclude that in total, we spend almost half of our lives curled up in our sheets. Some even spend entire days in the irresistible comforts of their bed, and who can blame them? Beds, quilt covers, pillows and other bed linens are specifically designed for maximum comfort, so it's only natural to want to spend a lot of time in them.
Time spent on sheets though means dirt and oils will accumulate on them, and the longer you leave them unclean, the harder it will be to get them back to their original, clean and comfy condition. To make sure your bed linens stay in soft and spotless condition, it is important to know the proper ways to keep them clean.
Cleaning Your Bed Linens
At the rate that they are being used, bed linens ought to be washed at least once every other week, and more often if you live in a hot and humid area. It takes only a few steps to clean bed linen, and even the most stubborn stains can be removed with a bit of effort. Below is a step-by-step procedure for carefully cleaning your linens.
1. Read the labels. Labels on linens are very important, as they will tell you how best to clean your linens. Instructions on these labels will differ depending on the fabric used. If your bed linen is made up of silk or other specialty fabrics, it is especially important to read and follow the washing instructions to retain the quality of your linen.
2. Remove stubborn spots.Before washing your bed linen, address stubborn spots and stains first. Spray or blot those spots with a spot remover or solution of vinegar and water before washing.
3. Separate colours. Just like regular clothing, bed linen that has dark colours may bleed in the wash, so better keep your whites safe by separating them.
4. Wash your linen. Hot water is advisable when washing bed linens in order to remove stubborn dirt and kill germs and dust mites as well. When it comes to detergents, you don't need to use expensive ones, just use the most reliable one you can find. Make sure to use gentle and safe detergents when washing bedding for baby, and use only the amount needed. Wash using only the gentle cycle and for stubborn stains, allow the linen to soak for a few minutes before starting the cycle. Avoid using bleach as this can easily break down the fabric fibres.
5. Dry the natural way. As much as possible hang your bed linen out to dry, as the sun will act as its natural disinfectant and bleaching agent. If it really isn't possible to hang your linen to dry, then tumble dry your linen as usual with a sheet of fabric softener. If you have a problem with yellowing on your sheets though, better skip the softener as it will only make the yellowing worse.
Keeping Your Bed Linen
Once your bed linens are clean and dry, fold and store them in a cool and dry closet to prevent musty odours. To ensure that your bed linens don't get overused, have at least three sets for each bed, so even if one is in the wash, you still have another in storage and another one to use.
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