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How to Care for Your Bedding

How often have you gone to change your pillowcases and been embarrassed that your nearly new pillow has a yellow stain? Have you ever pulled out an old down comforter for your guest and realized it probably has not been washed in 5 years--since you bought it, as a matter of fact. Most people launder their sheets once a week, setting aside the pillows and comforters for far less frequent washings. The reality is we buy nice bedding because we want it to last, but rarely do we take the time to read the care instructions before we excitedly put it on the bed and throw away the packaging. While covering your bedding with sheets, pillowcases and duvets are the best way to keep them nice, it also helps to know how to wash them. Down: It is important to know that washing your down bedding excessively can decrease its longevity. When possible, use a cover over your down product to protect it from dust, dirt and body oils, and wash the cover instead of washing your down comforter or pillow. We recommend you only wash your down comforter every 1-2 years and your pillows only every 4-6 months. For best care, you can shake these out and hang them on a line in fresh air every week. When you need to wash them, it is best to use a washer without an agitator on the gentle cycle in cold water. Most front-facing washers do not have an agitator, and newer top loading washers allow you to turn the agitator off. For comforters, you may need to go to a laundromat to find an over-sized washer. We recommend washing pillows two at a time to allow the washer to balance properly. Tumble dry your down bedding on low heat fluffing and turning them often. If you have some, use rubber dryer balls to help keep them from clumping as they dry and help to renew their fluff. Otherwise, you can use tennis balls. The drying process is long and may require several cycles. Include some dry towels to speed up the process. Bonus secret: You can use this same method to clean your down winter coat Foam: Sadly, you cannot put foam in the washer. The best way to care for your foam bedding is to keep it covered with high-quality linen. Wash your linens regularly, and avoid going to bed with wet hair. To remove dirt and skin cells, you can vacuum your foam bedding with the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner. You can also tumble dry your pillows on low for 20 minutes. You will need to spot clean any soiled spots with gentle detergent and water, but allow it to completely dry before using it again. Synthetic materials and Cotton: For synthetic and cotton bedding, the process is much easier. Again, you may have to go to a laundromat form over-sized washers. Use a mild detergent and warm water. Wash your bedding on the gentle cycle. Remember to wash two pillows at a time to help the washer properly balance. If you are using a top-loading washer, turn your pillows over half way through the wash cycle to ensure even washing. Because your bedding has a lot of fluff, you will want to run the rinse cycle on the washing machine twice to ensure all the soap is washed away. Dry your synthetic or cotton bedding on low heat. Again, the rubber dryer balls or tennis balls will help to keep them from clumping and will restore their bouncy quality. You can also dry them by laying them flat in the sun for a few hours on a warm day. Knowing when to replace: Of course, we want our bedding to last forever, but it is important to know when it is time to replace it. Our bedding collects dead skins cells, hair, and oil, so anytime they develop a musty smell or oily film, its’ time to recycle them for the dog. If you fold your pillow in half and they do not bounce back, they are ready for replacements. For foam bedding, look for lumpy spots where the foam is breaking down or the batting starts to flake. Take your comforter out of the duvet and hold it up to a lit window. If there is a lot of empty space where the filling should be, it is time for a new one. The national sleep foundation suggests quality comforters should last 6-10 years. Remember: Washing and drying your bedding breaks down the fibers and decreases its lifespan. The best way to preserve it is by always having your bedding covered. Our products are all fade, stain, shrink and wrinkle resistant as well as hypoallergenic, which means your bedding will last longer so you can rest better. Purchase your new set of Mellanni sheets here: bit.ly/mellannilinens

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