Guide to Cleaning Your Bedding
Whether you’re attending to general spring cleaning, preparing for the holidays, or conducting post-illness, pandemic, or colds and flu cleaning, you want to pay special attention when cleaning pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, comforters, and your latex mattress. This guide will help you get the right kind of deep clean you need for your bedrooms and guest rooms to look clean, and act as a healthy haven for you, your family, and your guests.
Cleaning Your Pillows
Your pillow harbors more germs than you might think. It comes into close contact with your face. You breathe germs into your pillow each night, and dead skin cells from your face rub off, burying themselves within the deep layers of your pillow.
Huffington Post reports that you should wash your pillow every three months, and your pillowcases and protectors should receive more routine attention. Some suggest that weekly washing of pillowcases is in order to prevent buildup of dust mites, dust mite dander, and other unpleasant microorganisms. For pillow protectors, every three weeks should be sufficient.
How you wash them depends largely on the pillows themselves. For instance, PlushBeds Wool Pillows should be spot cleaned, and never placed in the washing machine. If you’re worried about certain microorganism and dust mites, consider sunning them every few months, by leaving them in direct sunlight for a couple of hours.
For PlushBeds Cotton-Encased Down Pillows, spot clean by hand using a mild detergent and tumble dry on low heat to get them smelling fresh and clean and ready for use.
Cleaning Your Sheets
You shed millions of skin cells each night while you sleep. If you don’t wash your sheets often, most experts recommend at least once per week, according to Business Insider, then these skin cells and other things they attract, like dust mites and dust mite droppings, begin to gather in your sheets as well. Cleaning your sheets can reduce this problem, creating a healthier, cleaner, and more attractive sleep environment.
PlushBeds offers a variety of luxurious sheets for your comfort. Weekly washing is recommended for our Organic Cotton Sateen sheets in cold water, if possible. You may dry them at low temperatures, and promptly remove them from the dryer. If possible, you may wish to consider line drying your sheets on a warm, sunny day. This offers the best results, is great for the planet, and helps you avoid wrinkles in your sheets.
Our 400 thread count Italian Sheets made with 100 percent Egyptian cotton may be machine washed on the gentle cycle, using a cold water rinse, and dried in the dryer or on a line.
Cleaning Your Mattress Protector
Your mattress protector is what stands between your body (and the millions of germs you have on your person at any given time) and your mattress. It’s not merely about protecting your mattress from spills, dust, and other debris that gets into the air when vacuuming, dusting, changing sheets, etc. With all that in mind, it’s important to properly clean your mattress protector, too.
While washing your sheets should occur every month, washing your mattress protector is a different matter. It doesn’t require the same frequency of washing. Good Housekeeping suggests that you should wash your mattress pad every two months.
If you have one our organic mattress protectors, you should wash your protector in cold water (or warm, though cold is better for the planet), and dry at low temperatures, if not on a line. You should never use bleach, other harsh detergents and chemicals, or high heat on your mattress protector, as it will compromise the waterproof barrier, and likely void your warranty.
The same cleaning instructions work for our Classic Mattress Protector as well. Cleaning this way protects the durability of your mattress pad as well as its ability to function as expected.
Cleaning Your Comforter
PlushBeds is proud of our Natural Luxury Handmade Wool Comforters. Of course, wool offers a beautiful sleep experience, thanks to its amazing ability to help regulate temperatures, wick away moisture, and promote impressive air flow while you sleep. Wool also means you must pay special attention to care instructions to keep your comforter clean, without damaging the wool.
Our wool comforter requires hand spot-washing with a mild detergent to clean specific stains. This comforter should never be placed in your washing machine, and you should not use a hair dryer to get it dry.
Cleaning Your Latex Mattress
You’ve made a substantial investment in your PlushBeds latex mattress, knowing that a properly cared for latex mattress of this quality will provide you with many, many years of comfortable, restful, and restorative sleep. Of course, that does require you to do your part to make sure you keep your mattress clean, dry, and safe for those years as well. You certainly don’t want to take actions cleaning your PlushBeds mattress that could harm the latex. Here’s what you need to know.
You may spot clean the PlushBeds mattress cover with a gentle cleansing detergent and a clean cloth. You should never use a hair dryer or any other kind of heat to attempt to dry the mattress. If you must remove the cover you may consider using a hand vacuum or your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to vacuum the surface of your mattress, though it isn’t necessary with latex. Otherwise, you should never apply cleaning products of any kind directly to the latex in your mattress.
You can apply all the methods mentioned above to your pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, and comforters; however, your natural latex mattress should never require deep cleaning or freshening beyond what is described above.
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