The Best Tips for Washing Your Bedding

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There’s nothing better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets at the end of your day. But before you get to that step, it can take some effort, especially if it’s time to wash your blankets and covers. You might not give much thought to washing your bedding, but there is a right (and wrong) way to clean your sheets, duvets, and comforters. Because we spend over 50 hours a week in bed, sweat, body oils, and dead skin cells accumulate fast, so it’s crucial to wash away the gunk frequently. If you’ve been wondering how — and how often — to wash bed sheets and comforters, the experts at Bakers Centre Laundry are here to help.

 

How Often and How To Wash Bed Sheets

To keep gunk at bay, your sheets should be washed regularly. Experts recommend no more than two weeks without washing, but weekly is even better. If someone in your home suffers from allergies, a pet sleeps in bed with you, or a family member is sick, consider washing sheets more often than once a week.

 

Whether you’re laundering new bedding or wondering how to wash sheets you’ve had for a while, these tried and true tips can help ensure your covers are clean and fresh.

 

 

  • Check the label – It’s always a good idea to read all labels before washing or drying your sheets. The care labels include any specific cleaning requirements. Take note if you’re washing specialty fabrics like wool, silk, or rayon.  
  • Wash on a cooler setting in a regular cycle – White and light-colored cotton sheets can typically be washed at any temperature, but darker colored sheets do best in cool water. Cool water helps prevent fading. If it’s cold and flu season, we recommend washing on a hot or warm cycle if possible.
  • Separate lights from darks – Just like your clothes, separating sheets by lights and darks is also recommended. Dark colors can dull or bleed onto lighter colors.
  • Treat stains – Pretreat stains as they occur. If all over staining is an issue, utilize an in-wash laundry booster.
  • Do not overstuff or wrap around the agitator – Your sheets need room to get clean. If they are jammed into the washer, water and detergent cannot fully penetrate the fibers. Avoid overstuffing the washer to prevent tears and wrinkles.
  • Tumble dry with a dryer sheet – Take another look at the care label and follow all drying recommendations. High temperatures can cause wrinkling and shrinking. To keep your sheets drying evenly and quickly, try adding in a wool dryer ball or dryer sheets.

 

 

How to Wash a Comforter

While most comforters can be machine washed, it’s best to check the label. Comforters vary by colors, fabrics, and materials, so read the care instructions carefully. Many comforters, like a king-size, are tricky to fit into a conventional washer and dryer, so if you’re wondering how to wash a comforter, read our handy tips below.

 

 

  • Pretreat stains – After you thoroughly read your care label, pretreat any light stains first. 
  • Use the right amount of detergent – Many people make the mistake of adding too much detergent. Ensure you are using the correct amount of detergent to avoid leaving a residue on your comforter.
  • Avoid overstuffing – Never force your large comforter or duvet into your washing machine drum. Instead, spot clean if possible. Overstuffing can cause damage to your comforter’s baffle box construction.
  • Refresh in the dryer – You can refresh your comforter without washing it! Toss into the dryer on a no-heat setting to fluff and refresh.
  • Dry on low heat – Dry on a lower heat setting and periodically stop the drying cycle, breaking up any lumps. Dryer balls can also be used to help quickly dry and fluff your duvet or comforter.
  • Take it to the dry cleaner – When all else fails, take your comforter to a local laundromat or dry cleaner capable of washing and drying oversized items.

 

 

If you’ve been searching for a full-service, local laundromat that can handle all your laundry needs, connect with Bakers Centre Laundry today. We can ensure your bedding is always fresh and clean with our giant, supergiant, and enormous washers and large and extra-large dryers or our suburb dry cleaning services.