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The ultimate guide to a perfect bed

On average, we spend 26 years of our lives sleeping, and a further 7 years trying to get to sleep. If we’re spending an average of 33 years of our lives in bed, it’s worth taking the time to make said bed perfect. 

  • How often should you wash your bedding?
  • How do you clean your duvet?
  • How do you clean your pillows?
  • How do you clean your mattress? 
  • How often should you replace your pillows?
  • How many sets of bed linen should you own?
  • How do you store unused bed linen?

How often should you wash your bedding?

As you sleep you sweat and shed skin cells. To keep your bedding adequately clean, wash your duvet cover, bed sheet, and pillow cases every 2 weeks. If you notice an increase in the amount you are sweating over night, such as in the summer months, you may want to wash your bedding every week. 

To make sure that your bedding is adequately sanitised, always check your beddings care label and use the hottest wash setting available. 

How do you clean your duvet? 

Your duvet should be washed every 6 months. How you wash your duvet depends on the material it is made from. 

If you own a synthetic duvet, use the gentle spin setting on your washing machine and add ⅓ of the detergent that you would use in a normal wash. Once your duvet has completed its cycle, leave it to completely air dry before using it again. 

Before washing a feather duvet, always check the care label to see if it is dry clean only. If your feather duvet is machine washable, use a gentle cycle and a gentle laundry detergent. Air dry your feather duvet completely before re-using it.

How do you clean your pillows?

Before washing your pillows check the care label to determine whether they are machine washable and safe to dry in a tumble dryer. 

If you can machine wash your pillows, try and wash two at a time to save on multiple loads. Always use a gentle cycle to prevent any unnecessary damage to your pillows, and only use ⅓ of the amount of laundry detergent that you would usually use. If your pillows can be tumble dried, use a low heat setting, or leave them to air dry before returning them to your bed. 

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 How do you clean your mattress? 

Regularly washing your bed linen does not deter you from cleaning your mattress. You need to clean your mattress every 6 months to remove dust mites and skin cells. 

Begin cleaning your mattress by stripping you bed linen and hoovering the surface to remove any dirt and dust. Don’t forget to hoover both sides of your mattress and around the corners- dust and dirt can linger in these areas. 

After hoovering your mattress, freshen it up by sprinkling baking soda over it. Sprinkle a generous amount over the whole of your mattress, using a soft brush or cloth to evenly spread it out. Leave it to set for 10-30 minutes before hoovering it up. This will help remove any lingering odours and body fluids from your mattress and leave it looking, and smelling, fresh.  

After removing the baking soda, leave your mattress to air out for a few hours before re-dressing your bed.

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How often should you replace your pillows?

For optimum comfort you should replace synthetic pillows every 1-2 years, memory foam pillows every 2-3 years, and feather pillows every 5-10 years. 

If your pillows are causing you discomfort, have developed lumps, or are beginning to smell, it is time to replace them.

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How many sets of bed linen should you have? 

As a rule of thumb, it’s good to have 3 sets of bed linen available per bed. This means that you have a set ready whilst you are washing your used set, and a spare set on hand if needed.

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 How do you store unused bed linen?

The best way to store your bed linen is in a dry and cool environment. Make sure that your bed linen is clean and folded before storing it away. 

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To ensure that your bed linen is sufficiently disinfected, book a Laundryheap dry cleaning service. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to fold bed sheets

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Washing your bed sheets is only half the challenge of keeping your bedding fresh. Once your sheets are dried, you have to fold them- which is much easier said than done. Luckily, we have devised this instruction manual to make folding your bed sheets as easy as possible. 

  • Before you begin 
  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Pillowcases 
  • Storage

Before you begin 

Prior to any folding, it’s important that you have enough room to do the task at hand. Make sure that you are in an open space, with enough room to spread out your bed sheets to their full width and length. Ideally, you need a flat surface, such as a bed or table, to lay your bed sheets on, as this will make the folding process much easier. 

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Fitted sheet 

A fitted sheet has elastic sewn around the sides so that the sheet can fit over your mattress. 

To fold your fitted sheet, begin by inserting a hand in each top corner, and turning them inside out. Then, fold your bed sheet in half lengthwise. This will turn your sheet inside out and create pockets. Make sure to tuck your elastic corners into each other to bind the sheet in place. 

At this point, you should have two corners in each hand, with the tucked seam facing you and the folded seam on the bottom. 

Next, fold your bed sheet in half, lengthwise, bringing the remaining two opposite sides together so all four corners meet. Repeat the tucking of the sides to bind the sheet in place. Your sheet should now resemble a long panel of material. 

Finally, fold your sheet three to four times until you form a square.

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Flat sheet 

A flat sheet has no elastic in it, which makes it a lot easier to fold. 

 Begin by folding your bed sheet in three or four sections lengthwise- the number of sections you choose depends on how big your sheet is. 

Next, bring the top corners of your sheet down to meet the bottom corners. From there, fold your sheet three to four times to create a square or rectangle shape. 

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Pillowcases 

Pillowcases are small and don’t have any elastic in them, so they are the easiest thing to fold. 

To fold your pillowcase, simply fold it into thirds lengthwise and fold these thirds in half to create a square. 

Storage 

Storing your bed sheets in the correct way will limit the amount of wrinkles on them. After folding your bed sheets, place them neatly in a storing cupboard that is completely dry and will not become damp at any point. If you have multiple sheets made of different materials, It is best to separate them to prevent your sheets from becoming mixed up.

When you get your bedsheets dry cleaned at Laundryheap, we will save you the hassle and fold them for you. To book your Laundryheap order, head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How To Wash Duvets And Pillows

Our duvets and pillows are often the most neglected items when it comes to washing bedding. Since these items are the bulkiest and do not come into direct contact with our skin, having it cleaned is not exactly a top priority. 

Did you know you should wash your duvets every 6 months and pillows at least every 3-4 months? Although we may not notice it, bacteria and bodily fluids build up on our duvets and pillows over a short period of time.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to wash duvets and pillows at home:

Duvets

Synthetic:

  • Use a gentle cycle that has minimum agitation.
  • Only add about 1/3 of laundry detergent than you normally would.
  • Use a normal spin cycle setting.
  • Make sure to completely air dry your duvet before it is used again.

Feather:

Check the care label before going to wash, as some feather duvets require to be dry-cleaned only.

  • If the feather duvet is machine washable, wash on a gentle cycle, with a gentle detergent.
  • Make sure to air dry duvet before using.

Removing Stains

Clean up any stains as soon as possible! To remove a stain, move as much filling away from the stain, until isolated for effective stain removal. Tie the stained area with an elastic band and treat stain accordingly. 

Pillows

Many pillows, whether it be cotton, down or synthetic, can be put into the washing machine, if not dry-clean only. It’s always important to check the care label before going to clean your pillows to make sure.

If they can be put into the machine:

  • Use a gentle cycle.
  • Only use 1/3 of laundry detergent.
  • Wash two pillows at once if it fits, to balance the load.
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry- If the care label allows tumble drying, set it to low heat, otherwise air drying is the way to dry.

Removing Stains

Again, you want to take care of any stains right away. Always dab, not rub stains with a stain pre-treat before washing as normal.  If it’s a feather pillow, isolate stain by shaking feathers away and treat accordingly. 

We know that it can be difficult to wash bulky duvets and pillows at home, especially if your washing machine won’t fit them. That’s why we at Laundryheap are more than happy to clean your duvets, pillows and other bedding!