How to Care for your Linens

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

It’s no surprise that people invest a lot in their bedding and linens, after all, you spend almost a third of your life in bed. Once you’ve decided on bedding, the next step is to take care of it so that you can enjoy it for a long time. Our duvet covers are made out of linen and cotton percale. We chose these natural fibers because they are breathable and will last for many years. The easiest and most important thing you can do to make your bedding last is to properly wash and dry it. Here are our top tips.

Pre-Treat
First, you want to check your bedding for stains and treat anything with warm water, vinegar and baking soda. Don’t ignore any stains assuming they’ll come out in the wash. They could set in the wash if not treated properly.
The Right Tools

When it comes to detergent, you’ll want to use something that is gentle and won’t weaken the natural fibers. Anything that has bleach, chlorine, benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxyl acid may discolor your bedding and should be avoided. Especially steer clear of any bleach that markets itself as ‘safe’, it’s still bleach so you don’t want to use it. Another way to manage detergent’s wear on your bedding is to use a little less than the manufacturer’s suggestion. Often they suggest more than you really need anyway.

Lastly, never use fabric softener. Using fabric softener is just adding a film of oil and harmful chemicals to your laundry that just aren’t necessary.


Wash
Machine wash with warm water on the gentle cycle. Close the zipper of your duvet prior before washing and make sure it is not inside out.

Before putting the bedding into the washer add detergent and allow it to fill with water and dissolve the detergent. It’s a step we don’t usually take when washing our clothes but it helps avoid discoloration of your bedding from stronger detergent not fully dissolved.

Don’t overload the washer. Your bedding should not be so bunched up that the soap and water can’t reach every part. It’s also important not to wash your bedding with clothing because buttons and zippers may damage it.
Drying

Tumble dry low. How you dry your bedding is key to its longevity. A hot dryer ruins fabric, so be sure to have the correct heat setting and be sure to clean the lint filter. When you put your bedding in the dryer, make sure to untangle it if it’s twisted from the wash, that way the heat will get to all the damp parts. Try to take it out of the dryer as quickly as possible when it’s done because this helps avoid wrinkles and thus ironing.

Storage

You’ll want to store your bedding in a cool, dark place that is breathable (i.e. not a plastic container). Double check that your bedding is bone dry before taking it out of the drying or off the line before tucking it away to avoid mildew. You can also save time and energy by folding your sheets or duvet into a pillowcase to grab quickly when you need to change them out. Store it with the lavender sachet you received with your bedding in with it to keep it smelling fresh.

Every day, when you plump your pillows and shake and fluff your duvet, take a look at your bedding as well. If there are obvious signs of aging like fades, fraying or stains, it should be replaced. But with these tips that won’t be for a long time. We’d love to hear your tips for taking care of your bedding. Leave them below!



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