How To Care For Your Bed Linens

 

Yesterday we focused on getting a good night’s rest, and today we’re talking about how to best care for your cozy bed! On day two of our Spring Refresh Week, we’re encouraging you to treat your linens with a little extra TLC. Karin Sun, co-founder of luxury bedding brand Crane & Canopy, is here with some suggestions for keeping your bedding beautiful!

Written by Camila Pavone

WASHING
We spend about a third of our lives in bed, so it’s important to keep your bedding clean and comfortable. Wash your sheets and shams once a week. If you don’t use a top sheet, wash your comforters and duvet covers weekly as well.

Avoid overstuffing your washer and dryer. Don’t exceed one set of sheets and duvet set per wash to ensure your bedding is evenly and thoroughly cleaned. Make sure that zippers and buttons on duvet covers are closed prior to washing and drying. Put your washer on a cold setting and use a mild detergent.

EXPERT TIPMake sure to use a color-safe bleach alternative to keep whites white and colors bright. Overusing chlorine bleach can lead to a weakening and thinning of fabric fibers. This will diminish the life of your linens, which can otherwise last up to 10 years when cared for properly!

STAIN TREATMENT
Don’t wait to treat stains until laundry day! The best way to conquer stains is to act promptly. If possible, treat stains while they’re still wet. If stains remain after your bedding has gone through the wash, wash it again. (The dryer will permanently set stains, making them nearly impossible to remove.)

EXPERT TIP: This is a great guide for treating a variety of stains.

 

DRYING
Air-dry linens whenever possible, as harsh heat can damage your bedding’s cotton fibers. If machine-drying is your only option, use a low heat setting such as a delicate or permanent press cycle. Remove bedding immediately after dryer cycle to prevent wrinkles.

EXPERT TIP: For an extra boost of freshness, use a lavender laundry sachet during dryer cycles. The lovely, soothing scent will help you drift off to dreamland each night.

 

IRONING
There’s nothing more luxurious than crisp, perfectly pressed sheets! If you’re feeling extra ambitious, break out your iron! (Just be sure to choose the appropriate setting, depending on your bedding’s fabric.)

EXPERT TIP: Turn your sheets inside out and iron them on the reverse side.

 

STORAGE
Having an extra pair of sheets on hand is always a great idea. Not only does it reduce wear and tear on your regular bedding, but it also ensures you’ll have a fresh set on your bed if you’re running behind on laundry day. When bedding is not in use, store it in a cool, dry place with adequate air circulation. To maintain freshness, use a linen spray or sweet-smelling sachet.

EXPERT TIP: Folding linens can be tricky. Check out the best way to fold a fitted sheet in seconds!

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!

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