Cleaning Bed Linen

Changing your bed linen and cleaning it at least once a week isn’t just pleasant (who doesn’t love the smell and feel of fresh sheets?), it’s also a matter of hygiene and should be part of any domestic cleaning routine. The average human sheds hundreds of thousands of skin cells at night, as well as several centimetres of sweat and dozens of hairs.

This builds up over the course over the week and, as you can probably imagine, it can become pretty disgusting if left unwashed. Here are some ways you can prevent any nasty niffs or general dirtiness from building in your bed.

Cleaning Bed Linen
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Strip and load
Firstly, strip the beds and load the linen into the washing machine. Make sure you don’t overload the washing machine as not only will this prevent the linen from getting cleaned properly, it will also prevent the detergent from being washed out thoroughly, resulting in streaks and marks.

If you have a lot of linen to clean, separate it into either all pillow cases, sheets and covers or, alternatively, if the linen is easily mixed up or the colours clash dramatically, wash each set together instead.

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Clean and soften
Check the instructions on the linen to find out what the manufacturer recommends; some comforters and blankets will need to be hand washed, so don’t put these in the washing machine. Soak these in cool water and a little cleaning detergent in the sink or bath, depending on the size.

Once the setting, including the temperature and time of the wash, has been established, use the required amount of washing detergent and fabric softener.

Pick one that doesn’t just do the job but that you also love the smell of. Put the cycle on and when it’s finished, put it on an extra rinse cycle to make sure all the suds have been completely rinsed from the linen. This prevents not only streaks but also ensures the linen is as soft as possible.

Mattress and duvet
While the linen is being washed, hang up the duvet and pillows so they can air. It’s good to do this to prevent them from getting stale. You also may want to spray a delicate de-odorising spray on them at this stage to prevent them from becoming stale in the future.

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Make sure the spray doesn’t have a strong smell that will conflict with the smell of the fabric softener and detergent – you don’t want to be overpowered with strong smells when you get into bed. You can also hire a mattress cleaning service and get rid of the germs.

It’s also advisable to flip your mattress every three to six months to avoid body impression, as well as the give it a fresh ‘feel’. It can be sensible to get a mattress topper as well, which fits comfortably between the mattress and linen. Not only is this more hygienic, as it can also be thrown in the washing machine, it’s also very comfortable.

Make sure the linen is thoroughly spun when you take it out of the washing machine and maybe put it on another spin cycle just to make sure. If you have a garden (and it’s not raining), the best option is to hang it up to dry outside naturally.

However, if it’s raining or you don’t have an outdoor area, hang the linen between chairs or over a clothes horse to allow them to air dry. Make sure you allow time for this and don’t overlap or scrunch up the material; ensure the material can breathe adequately.

Of course, if this isn’t an option either, just follow the drying instructions on the label on how to tumble dry. 

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