Back to the basics in 2021: Bedding 101

Bedding dry cleaning

The bed is where you begin and end the day. It’s where the average American will spend about a third of their lifetime, according to a 2019 survey from OnePoll. With so much time spent in one place, it’s important to keep that space clean, fresh, and comfortable.  But how do you ensure your bed is the cleanest it can be? How often should sheets, comforters, duvets or even bed skirts be washed? We’ve got the answers for you!

 

Weekly:

Once a week you should remember to really clean your bed. Throw your sheets and pillow cases into the washing machine and wash them in warm water. Your sheets capture the majority of oils and sweat from your body so they should be cleaned most frequently. Any less frequent washes could result in some embarrassing stains.

It’s a good idea to launder your duvet or comforter cover weekly, following the label’s instructions.  If you use a top sheet you may be able to stretch the time between washes. Always check for stains or spills weekly. If your comforter does not have a separate cover, you’ll need to launder weekly following the label’s instructions. Once laundered, it is important to dry thoroughly to remove moisture, which could lead to mold and mildew. Most comforters can be machine-dried, but check the label before doing so. If your machine can’t handle the size, you may need to take it somewhere to be professionally cleaned. At Prestige, our state-of-the-art machines can handle any size comforters or duvets.

If you use a blanket regularly, throw this into your washing routine weekly as well. Be sure and follow the care instructions for your blankets as they vary greatly.  Blankets with ornamentation and fringe need to be handled with special care and may require dry cleaning.

Monthly:

At the beginning of each month, set a goal to wash any pillow protectors, mattress protectors, or pillows that don’t have pillow protectors. If you’ve decided not to wash duvet or comforter covers weekly, definitely wash them each month.

Three or four times a year:

Items like bed skirts, canopies and curtains don’t soak up as much from your body but can still contribute to the amount of bacteria and dust in your bedroom. It’s a good idea to clean these at least quarterly. If you use pillow covers, you should clean the pillows themselves quarterly as well.

These items may be tricky to clean in a household washing machine but at Prestige Cleaners we know just how to treat the fabric to remove any bacteria, new stains, and keep the colors looking vibrant. Items that require pressing or steaming can be handled easily with our professional finishing units.

No matter your washing routine or the material involved, you can trust Prestige Cleaners to help keep your home safe and healthy. There’s no better place to start than the same place you start and end you day!

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