How often should you change your bedsheets?
There is nothing like getting into a bed with clean fresh bedding. The smell of it and the feel of the linen is enough to make anyone drift off to sleep. It is the ultimate hotel experience that can be played out right in your home. As nice as this feeling is you may wonder whether it is absolutely essential to clean your bed sheets frequently. Whether it is your ottoman bed in your main bedroom that needs sheets changed or you have frequent visitors using the sofa bed in your living or guest room, it is important to know how often you need to change them so that it does not affect your quality of sleep. Read to learn more on how to maintain cleanliness in every aspect of your sleeping space.
One thing that is important to note is that how often you wash your bedding can be directly linked to how much you use it and what you allow to come in contact with it. For example, if you are a pet owner and you allow pets into your bed to may need to wash your sheets more than normal because of the added bacteria and germs your pet may bring from other surfaces into your bed. In the same way, if you have allergies you may need to wash your sheets more than other people, in order to protect yourself and prevent your allergies from flaring up. Overall it is vital to keep your bed clean for hygienic reasons as this is the place where you will spend a considerable amount of time of your day - sleeping or preparing to sleep.
Here are some basic things to stick to:
How often?: Once a week.
What temperature?: At least 60 degrees Celsius
We know that everyone has different schedules in the day and may find it difficult to imagine in time to change their bedding however it is something that is well worth your time. Changing your linens every week might be time-consuming, however, if you wash multiple sets at once you will have them on hand ready to change from your old ones, instead of having to wait for the ones you have removed to be washed and dried.
Make sure your bedding is washed at least 60 degrees Celsius. You may be used to washing your other laundry at a lower temperature however it is not beneficial to wash bedsheets at a lower temperature as it does not effectively kill germs. If you have the opportunity, drying bedding in the sun is also a good idea, as UV radiation aids in the killing of microorganisms. Make sure to always check the care instructions on the label to see if there are any precautions you need to be aware of.
How often?: At least twice a year,
Before washing your duvet at home, make sure it's machine washable and that your machine's drum capacity is adequate. If not it may be appropriate for a laundromat or dry cleaners. Check out the duvet buying guide for additional information on duvets.
Another consideration is to ensure that your duvet dries as rapidly as possible. This is especially crucial if the infill is made of natural fibres since they absorb moisture and might smell if left damp.
How Often?: At least twice a year, but if you can - every 3 months
What temperature?: minimum of 60°C
Pillows should be washed at least twice a year. This is extremely important because, dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and other contaminants can account for up to a third of the weight of your pillow. In fact, sixteen types of fungus may be found on an average unwashed pillow. This is why it is a good idea to wash every three months if you are able to. It is also a good idea to invest in hypoallergenic pillows, which are good for people with allergies and increase cleanliness overall.
Make sure your pillows are washed at a minimum of 60°C and dried promptly and completely, just like your duvets.
How Often? : Every two months.
Mattress protectors increase the life of your mattress and should be taken care of as well. If there are spills or if you let dogs on the bed, you may need to wash them more frequently.
How Often?: Every few months.
Vacuuming can be a good way to clean your mattress, depending on the type of stuffing material it is filled with. Make sure to read the instructions on how to maintain your mattress, just in case. When Vacuuming you should use an upholstery attachment and the lowest suction setting possible. Vacuum your mattress every couple of months if your mattress's maintenance instructions allow it. While you are going over your mattress it would be a good time to go over the frame of your bed too!
Studies show that is beneficial to replace your mattress every 6 to 8 years. This means that after this period of time it would be better to buy a new mattress instead of continuing cleaning it. You can check out our mattresses right here if you are in need of a new mattress, and enjoy a 60 Night trial too- plenty of time to adapt to a fresh comfortable hybrid mattress!