With the changing seasons comes plans to spring clean the home but while many of us focus on decluttering rooms and deep cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, few will be thinking of cleaning their bedding. In light of this, we asked bed and mattress supplier, Worldstores.co.uk, to share their tips on how to spring clean your duvet and pillows.
Washing your Duvet
Wash your feather duvet about every six months. Washing the duvet loosens the feathers and restores their body, and the duvet’s warmth. Make sure you wash it above 57 °C to ensure it kills all dust mites! The quicker it dries the better, so we recommend using a drier if possible, and remember to check the label in case your duvet has any special requirements.
Store your feather duvet well. Do not keep it in an airtight bag, as you might be tempted to: a duvet needs to breath to stop the feathers sweating and becoming damaged. Use a cotton storage bag or zipped breathable bag.
Synthetic silk duvets are filled with silk floss, wonderfully lightweight, soft and filled with trapped warm air. Silk duvets do not need washing, but definitively need airing. Lie the duvet in the sun for a few hours to refresh it, dry it and let it re-plump. We recommend lying down next to it to catch some rays while doing your housework.
You will spend more time with your pillow than any person you know – have you ever considered if this is healthy? Are you too close to your pillow for comfort? The average person in the UK keeps their pillow for 3.2 years and only change their pillows when their bedding starts to run out. In actuality, feather pillows should be changed every six months to two years, and in this time there are a number of things we can do to keep your pillow healthy and you neck happy.
The pillowcase material – silk, cotton, polyester – is largely a matter of preference. Some key tips for pillowcase care is frequent washing – think how many hours of contact the case receives! Change your pillowcases more regularly than your pillow, choose a thick material if possible, and one that will let your pillow breathe – keep your pillow relationship healthy!
Fluffing your pillow may seem an obvious thing to do, but ensuring that the features or synthetic filling is plump enough and without lumps is crucial. The height of your pillow should be perfectly suited to your body to support your neck, spine and back.
Synthetic pillows need to be changed much more frequently than feather or down pillows; a lower quality synthetic pillow will have a life-span of only six months. Whatever its quality, a synthetic pillow will gradually flatten and clump over time. However, a synthetic pillow offers the greatest support for a variety of sleeping types – side sleepers, deep sleepers, light sleepers. A feather or down pillow has a much longer life, but requires regular plumping and shaking. The down pillow is the most luxurious, but not as good for support: best for those who sleep on their back – and aren’t affected by allergies!