Bedsheets, pillows, and blankets play a massive part in making our beds comfortable, but they need a bit of a different care routine to keep them clean and fresh. Although you can hire professional services to remove snow from your home during the colder months, if you want your sheets and blankets to last longer, you need to establish an efficient care routine on your own.
Here’s how you can do just that:
Launder Sheets and Blankets — Correctly
The simplest way to make your sheets and blankets last longer than usual is by washing them properly, as doing it too often can lead to damage.
Here’s how you should launder each fabric correctly:
Sheets and Pillowcases – Since you mostly come in contact with your sheets and pillowcases often, it’s best to clean them at least once a week. Wash them using warm or cold water as hot water can shrink the fabric, and use non-chlorine bleach. For upkeep, if possible, hang your sheets outside when the weather’s dry and windy.
Blankets – It’s best to clean your blankets once a month, but if you use ‘duvet blankets,’ you can refrain from washing them often and do it only every couple of years. You can throw most blankets in your standard washer and dryer but always go for mild detergent and warm or cold water.
When drying your sheets and blankets, the best way to dry them is to tumble dry them following their labels’ instructions and remove them before completely drying to avoid wrinkles. However, before storing them, you need to ensure they’re 100% dry to prevent mold growth in your sheets and home in general. However, the best way to dry sheets and blankets is to iron them, make them feel new again, and keep them neat while in storage, prolonging its life.
Store it Properly
After washing your sheets and blankets, to prevent moisture buildup that eventually leads to mold and mildew, make sure to dry them thoroughly before storing them. After that, keep your blankets and sheets folded in a cool and dry place, away from moisture and light, to avoid damaging them. It’s best to place them in linen or canvas storage bags to give the fabric room to breathe and avoid plastic as it prevents air circulation, resulting in less-than-fresh fragrances.
To avoid further odor buildup and ensure your sheets and blankets last long, you can hang them on a clothesline every other month during a dry and windy day.
Cover Your Comforter
Adding covers to your duvet blankets and sheets is a great and efficient way of adding years of life as covers can keep them clean and reduce the times you need to launder them. However, it would be best if you washed these covers more often or once a week using half the recommended laundry detergent using cold or warm water. It’s also wise to cover your pillowcases with protective cases.
Caring for your sheets and blankets is pretty straightforward and doesn’t need any special treatment — but following the tips mentioned helps you ensure they last as long as possible, giving you lasting freshness and comfort.