Bedding Basics: The Building Block of Your Bed
Updated: Feb 26, 2021
Since it's #ProTipTuesday, we thought we would dive into all things bedding!
Picture it, you are getting ready for work. While reaching for your favorite wrap-dress, (sorry boys, but you will get my point), almost instinctively, you grab some shape-wear from your drawer as well. It was an impulse, a necessity. Same goes for protecting your mattresses and pillows. Like a good outfit, there is more to a good nights sleep than what you see on the surface.
We spend one-third of our life in bed, why not make sure you are getting the most comfortable and sanitary experience you can?! Especially with todays growing heath concerns! Here are some things to consider when it comes to your bedding basics, and over-all bedding maintenance:
Protect The Mattress!
A mattress is not a cheap investment - so it is super important to make sure you keep it protected. Using a mattress cover, especially a waterproof one, can keep your mattress safe from allergens, perspiration (which can cause deterioration of your mattress), and if you sleep with a pet its an absolute necessity! If your mattress is not as soft as you like, you can purchase a protector with extra padding for added comfort as well!
While most mattresses these days don't require flipping, we always recommend rotating your mattress from end-to-end every so often. This is especially important if one partner is heavier than the other, or if you sleep alone, so the weight is evenly distributed. Lastly, did you know that replacing a mattress and increasing ventilation in a room are the two most effective ways to improve your rooms air quality?! Something to consider if you are having chronic symptoms relating to allergies! If properly maintained, most mattresses can last from 10-20 years - depending on quality.
To Top-Sheet, or Not To Top-Sheet?
Always use the top-sheet, PERIOD. Using your top sheet can protect other elements of your bedding ensemble from constant washing, and thus, they will last longer! If you are using a top sheet, the layers on top of your bed can be washed a lot less frequently than if you had constant contact, but should still be washed bi-weekly/monthly depending on use.
Pillow Protectors - A Must Have!
To protect pillows, it is imperative that you use pillow protectors. This is a zippered cover that goes between your pillow and your pillowcase. These covers keep allergens at bay, while also protecting your pillows from body oils and any hair or pet dander (which can get into the filling - gross!). You should still wash your pillows at least twice a year (following the manufacturers recommendations). Here are some tips we recommend:
Non-Down Pillows: Wash in pairs, leaving lots of extra room in your machine. Use mild liquid detergent, not powders, which might leave an unwanted residue. Put your machine on the additional rinse cycle to ensure all the detergent gets rinsed fully. When drying, use the no-heat or low-heat setting as the high heat can lead to clumping. Martha Stewart recommends drying your pillows with tennis balls wrapped in socks to help keep them properly fluffed!
Down-Filled Pillows: We recommend professional cleaning every 2-4 years. If you are purchasing our quality down products, we can arrange to have them professionally cleaned for you! contact us about our services HERE!
If you are using pillow protectors, and practicing regular maintenance, you can be surprised how long your pillows will last! Good quality down pillows will last longer than synthetic down alternatives that we suggest replacing every 3-5 years. One tell-tale sign of pillows needing replacement is if they are no longer evenly filled, even after being fluffed. If you are waking up with chronic neck, back, or shoulder pain - it might be time to consider some new sleeping pillows!
Shopping for pillows? It is super important to consider how you sleep (stomach sleeper vs. back/side sleeper)! You need to choose a pillow that will support your posture best, for example, a stomach sleeper might want to consider a softer pillow (down preferred) to reduce neck strain. Those that sleep on their backs/sides should consider a semi-firm pillow that is flatter. We have samples of multiple options for testing out - Call us for a consultation and we can help you find the right fit!
Basic Sheet Care / When To Replace
We recommend washing your sheets weekly. It is also helpful to have multiple sets of sheets handy (our magic number is three sets - one for the wash, one for the bed, and one as a back-up). This way you don't have to worry about laundering your sheets and making your bed all in the same day. While you should always follow the specific care instructions provided with your bedding - you can check out our basic care recommendations HERE.
Replacement can vary depending on the quality of your sheets. If you have quality sheets, and they are properly cared for, they can last a long time! That being said, you should replace your sheets when you see obvious signs of wear and tear: stains, fraying, and any noticeable fading. If you are buying new sheets - take a look at our guide about thread counts HERE!
Like we said, with so much time spent in bed, why not make sure your sleeping environment is in tip-top shape! Contact one of our bedding consultants today if you have questions, or if you are ready to get started with creating a customized package for your space!