Washing your bed is an important task that should be done regularly to maintain hygiene and ensure a good night’s sleep. However, many people are unsure about how to properly wash their bedding. In this article, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of washing a bed, from prepping your bedding to drying and storing it.
What You’ll Need
Before you begin, gather the following items:
- Fabric softener (optional)
- Stain remover (if necessary)
- Washing machine
- Dryer or clothesline
- Iron (optional)
Prepping Your Bedding
Start by removing all of your bedding from your bed, including sheets, pillowcases, comforter, and any other accessories such as bed skirts or decorative pillows. Shake out any loose dirt or debris from your bedding before washing.
If you have any stains on your bedding, pre-treat them with a stain remover before washing. Follow the instructions on the stain remover for best results.
Next, separate your bedding by color and fabric type. Wash whites and light-colored fabrics separately from darks and brights to prevent color bleeding. Additionally, separate delicate fabrics such as silk from heavier fabrics such as cotton to prevent damage.
Washing Your Bedding
Once you’ve prepped your bedding, it’s time to start washing. Follow these steps:
- Place your bedding in the washing machine, making sure not to overload the machine. A good rule of thumb is to fill the machine about two-thirds of the way full.
- Add your detergent and fabric softener (if using) to the machine. Use the amount recommended on the product label.
- Select the appropriate cycle and water temperature for your bedding. Check the care label on your bedding for specific instructions.
- Start the washing machine and let it run its cycle.
After the cycle is complete, remove your bedding from the washing machine and shake out any wrinkles. If you’re using a dryer, transfer your bedding to the machine and run it on the appropriate cycle. If you’re air drying your bedding, hang it on a clothesline or drying rack.
Ironing Your Bedding (Optional)
If you want your bedding to look crisp and wrinkle-free, consider ironing it. Follow these steps:
- Set your iron to the appropriate temperature for your bedding. Check the care label for specific instructions.
- Start with your pillowcases and iron them on both sides. Be careful not to iron over any embellishments such as embroidery or sequins.
- Move on to your sheets and iron them in the same manner.
- Finally, iron your comforter or duvet cover, being careful not to flatten any filling.
Storing Your Bedding
Once your bedding is clean and dry, it’s time to store it. Follow these tips:
- Fold your bedding neatly to prevent wrinkles and creases.
- Store your bedding in a cool, dry place such as a linen closet or dresser drawer.
- Consider using a scented sachet or fabric freshener to keep your bedding smelling fresh.
Here are some common questions related to washing a bed:
How often should I wash my bedding?
It’s recommended that you wash your bedding at least once a week to maintain hygiene and prevent the buildup of dirt and bacteria. However, you may need to wash your bedding more frequently if you have allergies or if you sweat heavily at night.
Can I wash my bedding in cold water?
Yes, you can wash most bedding in cold water. However, some fabrics may require warm or hot water for best results. Check the care label on your bedding for specific instructions.
Do I need to wash my pillows?
Yes, you should wash your pillows at least twice a year to remove dirt, dust, and allergens. Follow the care label on your pillows for specific washing instructions.