Advice and Tip
Wednesday, 16/07/2014, 09:43

The 8 Biggest Bedding Mistakes You're Making (And How To Solve Them)


A comfortable bed is a clean bed! Here are some tips and tricks for making sure your bed stays in top shape.

Not Storing Your Comforter Properly. 

1. Using a cotton bag for your duvet is ideal. Down feathers in particular need airflow during storage; so do not store them in plastic. However, for a duvet made from synthetic materials a plastic bag is acceptable.


2. Fold your duvet while pressing it flat to reduce its volume. Place the folded duvet in your bag and seal it tight. Ideally, your storage bag should have a drawstring or zipper to close the top, but this is not necessary.


3. Make sure to store your duvet cover in a dry location. Mildew can be detrimental to your down comforter.


Not Regularly Airing Out Your Comforter and Pillows.

When you first unpack your down comforter or pillow, it may appear wrinkled and flat. You can restore the natural loft by vigorously shaking or fluffing it in your dryer on low. Air a new comforter or pillow out of direct sunlight, for a day or two before using for the first time and then every three to six months thereafter. With proper care, your down comforter or pillow will give you years of comfort. A comforter cover or pillow protector will extend its life even more.

Not Cleaning Your Comforter Properly.

Hand wash or machine-wash your down comforter separately in a large tumble washer. Use warm water and mild detergent on delicate (do not bleach). Make sure it's thoroughly rinsed before drying on low in a large-capacity dryer. You may need to gently steam the fabric shell of your comforter to remove stubborn wrinkles, but never iron.


Try using a down flufer and down cleaner. Although more expensive, you may also have your comforter dry-cleaned. For an easy-care duvet cover, consider buying wrinkle-free duvet covers. Sporting a smooth, polished look with no ironing needed, this collection provides instant comfort and versatile style. Some kit duvet covers are also naturally wrinkle-free, and deliver the lived-in comfort of your favorite t-shirt.

Additional Tips: 

1. Pillows need to be washed at least twice per year. They can serve as home to mold, bacteria and yeast that can lead to diarrhea, asthma or bronchitis. Pillows can harbor mold, yeast and bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, asthma or bronchitis.


2. Sheets need to be washed once per week. Unwashed sheets contain dust mites, skin cells, oils, bodily fluids, sweat and more.

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