In this post, we present some of our top tips on ensuring your bedding is clean and also on bedroom hygiene. With the coronavirus pandemic still looming large over us, regular handwashing and social distancing becoming the norm, bedding and bedroom hygiene may not be at the top of the list of concerns.
Although synthetic fabric bedding is considered best for allergy sufferers and has positive hygienic properties, it comes with the drawback of some breathability issues. Inhibiting water absorption and regulation, the properties of synthetic fabrics differ based on their composition. Generally, polyester is the best-known synthetic fabric for bedding since it is easy to clean and dries fast. However, for the hygiene conscious, natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk and wool, offer an added protective edge with their antimicrobial qualities.
Spawning between 3 and 5 million CFUs (colony forming units) per square inch, germs can quickly take over all your bedding. This includes duvet covers, pillowcases and mattress covers. While it may be a chore to wash and change your bedding, we advise that it must be done once a week. For those suffering from asthma and allergies, we advise washing and changing your bedding more than once a week.
When washing bedding, bedsheets and duvet covers need plenty of space to ensure a thorough clean. By overloading the washing machine, you will prevent this. So, to ensure a proper clean, make sure that your load is kept light.
Be careful of over washing your bedding since repeated over washing can cause your fabric to degrade over time. Pre-treat and spot-clean tough stains, prior to washing on a normal gentle cycle, to ensure your bedding is sparkling clean and free from excessive damage.
Once your bedding is washed, try to dry it in the sun, weather permitting! The sun’s rays can kill off any microorganisms which may have survived the wash. Furthermore, by running an iron over your sheets once they are dried, you can ensure any lingering bacteria is killed off.