- Read Labels Before You Buy
Read the care labels before you buy your bed linens. Find out what it is going to take to keep sheets, comforters, quilts, and pillows in top condition. You may change you mind about the beautiful comforter when you realize it is dry clean only.
- Buy an Extra Set
The most wear will come to your bottom sheets and pillowcases. To try to influence more even wear, get an extra set of these now.
- Change Linens Weekly
In most homes, changing bed sheets weekly is your best bet to keep your bed fresh and comfortable, and to protect your linens from excessive wear. Pillowcases may need to be changed twice a week. Your comforter, duvet, and quilts will only need to be laundered monthly.
- Follow the Care Label
Most sheets and pillowcases should be washed in cool water with less detergent than a regular load would take, unless the linens are heavily soiled. For comforters, duvets, and quilts be sure to follow the care instructions. Most home washing machines are not big enough to wash full size or larger comforters. When in doubt, take your prized comforter, duvet, or quilt to the dry cleaners.
- Don't Overdry
Take out bed linens as soon as they are dry and fold right away. If sheets are wrinkled, try throwing a wet sock or washcloth back into the dryer for 10 more minutes.
- Rotate Linens
Rotate your bed linens to promote even wear. The set that comes off your bed should go back in the linen closet and a new set should go on. This will insure that your linens are evenly worn.
- Use a gentle wash cycle and avoid using bleach to protect linens.
- Use a mattress pad between mattresses and sheets to extend the life of both.
- Pillow protectors can be bought and used to prevent frequent laundering of pillows.
What You Need
- Your Choice of Bed Linens
- Extra Sets of Bed Linens
- Mattress Pad (optional)
- Pillow Protectors (optional)