These 5 mistakes ruin your bedding: an expert explains how to wash it properly
Sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers are a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and dust mites. Experts recommend washing the bedding at least once a week.
However, mistakes in frequent washing lead to damage to the fabric. Experts told Express how to properly care for your bedding so that it does not get damaged.
Sam Wickham, founder of the Wilton London laundry detergent brand, shared effective laundry life hacks. The most common mistake is to overload the washing machine. Of course, you want to save time and electricity bills and wash all your clothes at once. However, overloading significantly reduces the quality of the wash. This will lead to the fact that the water and detergent will not be able to clean all the dirt, and at the rinsing stage, the soap will even remain between the fibers. The expert advises washing the bedding separately from the rest of the laundry. This will also help to avoid damage to the fabric due to catching on other objects, such as snaps.
Since bedding is made of different materials, it is important to follow the washing instructions on the label. Linen, bamboo, cotton, or delicate silk fabrics will last longer if they are properly cared for.
Now let's move on to the most important thing, the washing temperature. There is a popular myth that bedding should be washed at high temperatures to get rid of all dirt and kill dust mites. However, regular washing of bedding at too high a temperature can damage the fibers. With the right detergent, you can achieve effective cleaning at a safe temperature of 30 to 40 degrees.
The expert recommends turning sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases inside out before washing. This helps prevent friction from the drum and protects the fabric from fading.
Small items, such as underwear or socks, often get inside pillowcases or duvet covers during washing, so they do not get properly cleaned.