While you may remember to wash your sheets on a weekly basis, there are other parts of your bedding you may forget about because they don’t need to be cleaned as often. According to DOWNLITE, the top hotel bedding company in the U.S., many homeowners forget to clean items like pillows and blankets. Adding them to your spring cleaning list will ensure that they are clean of debris like dust and skin cells that can shorten the lifespan of your bedding.
Although your pillows are in a zippered cover and case, they still require washing at least twice a year. Pillows will usually come with washing instructions on the tag. Use a mild detergent to remove residue from all types of pillows. When drying them, be sure to change the dryer setting to either air cycle or low heat to avoid clumping. Foam pillows should only go through the air cycle. To ensure your pillows are fully fluffed when they are dried, put a couple of unused tennis balls in two clean socks and add them to the dryer.
2. Duvets & Quilts
After your pillows, your duvets and quilts are probably two of the most overlooked bedding pieces in your home. The duvet cover should be cleaned with your sheets, but the duvet itself doesn’t need to be cleaned that often. If you use a top sheet, quilts don’t need to be cleaned frequently, either. When it is time to wash these items, you should only do so at your home if you have a large enough washing machine; otherwise, visit a dry cleaner or laundromat. Wash on a gentle cycle using an enzyme-free detergent. Then let them dry and air out before adding them back to your bed.
While today’s mattresses might not need turning to keep them clean, they can still collect dust mites, bodily fluids, and residue from any soap or lotion you may use before going to bed each night. After stripping your bed of all linens and mattress pads, vacuum the mattress using an upholstery attachment. Next, apply baking soda and gently rub it with a scrub brush to eliminate any lingering odors. Vacuum a second time to remove all moisture and body oils that the baking soda has bonded with.
During your spring cleaning if you discover your pillows or other bedding items are ready to be upgraded, visit DOWNLITE’s website. Their online store has a full selection of down comforters and pillows in all varieties. If you have a question about any of their products, speak to a customer representative today by calling (866) 931-3696. For more bedding care tips, visit their website dedicated to the topic.