As we’ve highlighted in our previous blog, when it comes to washing your bedding, this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Why? Plain and simply put, apart from the great scent and feeling of crisp, clean sheets, fresh bedding is important for you and your family’s well-being. But how exactly should you go about washing your bedding? Thankfully, Portughes Dry Cleaning have come up with a list of tips to keep in mind when taking care of the type of laundry.
Preparing the load before the wash
First and foremost, separate your bedding from the rest of your laundry and turn your washing machine to a low setting beforehand, because it’s easy to forget to leave the same setting as with other clothes’ load settings, which might need a hotter temperature and more rigorous wash for cleaning. Most importantly, as with any load of clothes, be sure to check the sheets’ care labels, in case a more specific wash or cycle is required.
Choose detergents wisely
Use a good quality laundry detergent and be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. Before washing any fabric, double check the care label, and make sure to follow the recommended guidelines.
Choose a laundry detergent that’s hypo-allergic, as this would be specially formulated to be gentle on your skin. Add in a suitable fabric conditioner for a little extra comfort and fragrance and to make your bedding extra soft. As with the detergent, read the label on the product and follow the instructions carefully.
Remember to treat stains individually, prior to a general wash. Specific stain removers are available, but you need to be careful to read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly and run a test-patch first. This eliminates the risk of ruining the sheets’ fabric.
Let’s get down to business
While cotton sheets are okay to launder on any cycle, it’s always better to use the lower setting on your washing machine. This is because washing them in hot water will shrink the material fibres, which can weaken the overall fabric.
Select the cycle that fits the soil level of the sheets — normal for light soil, heavy duty for stains and heavy soil. It’s good to keep in mind that over-washing causes sheets to wear out faster.
Loading the washing machine
Sheets need lots of room to get clean, so don’t cram in too many into each load. And whatever you do, never wrap sheets around the agitator — they’ll tear and wrinkle. Wash sheets separately to prevent other items from getting tangled or balled up in them. If you do choose to wash other items with sheets, make sure they’re lightweight and similar in colour.
White and light-coloured cotton sheets wash well in any water temperature. However, during cold and flu season – which is practically most of the winter months – sanitizing your sheets by washing them on a hot/warm cycle is better. This will also help reduce allergens. To keep darker coloured sheets from fading, use cool water to wash and rinse.
Are all these laundry tips getting the better of you? Do you want to take a break from the weekly clothes washing chores? Then give us a call, you know you can count on our team at Portughes Dry Cleaning.