How often should you wash your bedding?

There’s a sheet washing frequency most experts agree on

When it comes to bed linen, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “How often should I wash my sheets?” For good sleep hygiene, it’s important to make sure they’re fresh and clean for our exhausted bodies to relax in after a long day.

The most common recommended timeframe is once a week, however for most people this isn’t realistic. With our busy lives, water shortages, load shedding and the desire to take better care of our planet, Sealy South Africa recommends washing your sheets every two weeks.  Of course, this time-frame can vary, depending on whether or not you shower before bed, how often you wash your pyjamas (or if you even wear pyjamas!), how much you sweat during the night and if your pet sleeps in your bed.

Along with washing your sheets every two weeks, there are other precautions you can take to make sure they’re getting a good, deep clean:

·        Wash sheets with hot water (at least 60°C) so pollen, dust mites and dead skin cells can be thoroughly removed.

·        Use a gentle detergent on your linens to help them last longer and be gentler on your skin.

·        Since we live in a water scarce country, always try to save water by filling your machine. However, if your machine is too full, your bedding won’t be washed properly. Sealy South Africa recommends that you don’t fill your machine more than three-quarters.

·        Have at least two sets of sheets and pillow slips for each bed.

“Purchasing sheets that are not only durable but also make you feel comfortable is important,” says Sealy South Africa account executive, Dawn Thomas.

In addition to an exquisite range of mattresses, Sealy South Africa manufactures sheets, pillows, mattress protectors and pillow protectors. All Sealy bed linen is made with luxurious 100% natural, breathable Percale cotton. The Sealy fitted sheet’s fully elasticized, four way stretch skirt prevents the sheet from bunching while you sleep. Sealy flat sheets are designed to fit extra length and extra depth mattresses. Sealy pillowcases are big enough to fit over your pillow and your pillow protector.

When it comes to sleep hygiene, remember to also wash your pillow protectors and mattress protectors regularly. If you’re serious about keeping your sleep environment clean, you might consider washing these once a month.

“Good mattress protectors and pillow protectors are invaluable additions to your bedding collection,” comments Thomas. “A mattress or pillow protector is the only barrier between you and your mattress or pillow – protecting both from sweat, dust mites, dirt and much more. Sealy’s selection of mattress and pillow protectors are designed to safeguard your investment by keeping them fresh, clean and healthy.”

When you remove your mattress protectors, take this as an opportunity to air out your mattress.

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