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We all want bedding that is going to last a long time. The question that is commonly asked is what's is the lifespan of bedding?

Some people say no more than two years so people, some say 10-15 years and others have ranged from 3-5 years.

 

These are just some of the responses you may get when searching online or asking people how long you should have your bed sheets for no wonder why it can be so confusing.

 

Factors that may effect how long sheets may last:

 

  1. Quality 

  2. Care 

Not all bedding is equal in the way that we care for them and this has a substantial impact on how long the sheets will last.

We always recommend that customers follow the care instructions by which is provided by the manufacturers as this genuinely helps in getting that longer life in your bedding.

 

How often should you be washing your bedding?

There's no better feeling than getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets, especially after a long day.

Just like all other household chores it may or may not be a priority or maybe you just don’t know how often you should wash your sheets and even how to wash.

 

So, is it weekly, fortnightly, monthly or it doesn't matter when you wash them?

 

The British national sleep foundation carried out a study in 2009 found that 91% of people surveyed changed and washed their sheets once a fortnight. However, the experts recommend that people are washing their bedding every week.

 

Laundering sheets on a weekly may seem like a lot if the sheets aren’t dirty but there is a lot more than the sheets looking physically dirty that isn’t seen by the eye such as thousands of dead skin cells, dust mites, and sweat.

 

By avoiding the washing of your sheets regularly may expose you to the fungi, bacteria, pollen, and animal dander that may be found on sheets and other bedding.

 

Other reasons you may want to wash your sheets more regularly.

  • you have allergies which make you sensitive to dust
  • you have an infection that contacts your sheets or pillows
  • sweat excessively
  • your pet sleeps in your bed
  • you eat in bed
  • you go to bed without showering

 

How to wash your sheets? 

In general, it’s recommended to wash bed sheets in warm to cold water (30deg) rather than hot water, which may shrink the material fibers this is essentially the case with natural fibers such as (bamboo, Cotton & Eucalyptus ).

 

If the sheets are delicate or have delicate trims I would recommend uses a gentle wash , this may depend on your washing machine.

 

It is recommended to steer clear of using fabric softens and dryer papers as this can create a sheen over your sheets and create pilling and the natural fibers to break down.

 

Cotton Sateen /Bamboo 

Cotton Sateen is dreamy it has a silk-like touch. Cotton Sateen weave is constructed of four threads that run over a single thread, which creates that ultra-smooth silky finish.

  • Wash  fabric separately from towels and other clothing to avoid pilling. 

  • Avoid tumble drying. If there's no other option, do so using a low heat setting.

 

Cotton Percale

 

Cotton percale is crisp and has somewhat of a matte finish and this is due to the weave’s even and cross-hatched pattern throughout the fabric.

Care Tips

  • Wash in warm to cold water with mild soap. Too much soap or starch causes the fabric to feel scratchy.
  • Avoid using bleach or other harsh detergents 
  • Avoid tumble drying 
  • Line-drying reduces wrinkles and creases 

 

Linen

Linen fabric is made from a flax plant fiber.

 

Due to its rustic feel and look, it is truly an investment. After each wash linen becomes a lot softer and more absorbent

Care Tips:

  • Wash linen in a gentle cold or lukewarm cycle, with a mild detergent to protect its fibers.
  • It's recommend to tumble drying on a low setting, so it softens faster.

 

Yellowing of bedding can be quite a common concern that we have from our customers check out our blog on “why does bedding go yellow”

 

 

Storage

Bedding should be stored in a cool dry place with sufficient airflow.

For linen bedding particularly, be sure to limit exposure to direct sunlight.

 

Adding a sachet of lavender or using a linen spray will give your bedding a lovely subtle scent that will add to its freshness.

 

Tip* I use an unopened packet of fabric softener and just place the package between the set of sheets in the linen cupboard and they always smell nice and fresh.

 

If you are looking to invest in a new sheet set visit our website and see our full collection of sheets.

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  • Jess Goode