When to Wash and When to Toss
When you go to bed, you want your linens to be clean and cozy. Knowing how to keep them that way is important for the longevity of your linens. In this blog, we have outlined how to properly care for you sheets, explored the importance of washing your pillows and comforter, and created a lifespan guide to help you purchase good, quality linens!
Washing Your Sheets
To keep your sheets clean and cozy, most experts recommend washing your sheets once per week. If you’re someone who sleeps away from home often or you’re pressed for time, you can extend your time between washes to two weeks. Washing your pillowcase more often (every 2-3 days) will help keep your pillow free of dust mites. Dust mites are microorganisms that feed off of dead skin cells. Dust mites leave behind excrement that can cause allergies or contribute to asthma and asthma-like symptoms. Along with dust mites, other particles, like oil from your skin, sweat, and saliva can build up if your sheets aren’t washed frequently enough. Dust mites, and the other particles, can easily be removed with a good wash and dry!
To make sure you always have bed linens available, we recommend having at least two sets, but three sets is best! And don’t forget extra pillowcases! With three sets of bed linens, you have one set on your bed, one in the wash, and one in the closet ready to go. This will also help you save time because if you get behind, which we all do from time to time, you have that extra set ready! Keep extra pillowcases on hand in case of sickness, allergies, or if you have sensitive skin. We give you options so that you can stock up and get what you need! Our best-seller for 2019 was the Essential Bed Linens Set. Check out our full bedding collection here.
Washing Your Pillows
People don’t often think about washing their pillow. While it is still so important to wash your pillowcase, washing your pillow will help it last longer. A general rule of thumb is to wash your pillow every 4-6 months, or once ever 2-3 months if you have allergies. However, your pillow type will determine how you wash and dry the pillow. For example, our Down Pillows respond best to a mild/gentle detergent, cold water and the gentle cycle. For drying, use the lowest heat setting and be prepared for potentially more than one drying cycle. Be sure to ALWAYS consult the care instructions for your pillow type before washing and drying. In between washes, toss your pillow into the dryer once a week for 10-15 minutes to keep the dust mites at bay.
Washing Your Comforters
Comforters are often large and bulky, making them hard to handle. But! We have good news! If your comforter is on top of all the sheets and blankets, it may only need to be washed once or twice each month. If you do not use a flat sheet and put your comforter over you first, you will want to wash it more often. The way you wash and dry your comforter will also depend on the type you have. For example, all of our Comforters respond best to cold water and mild/gentle detergent in a gentle cycle. For drying, use the lowest heat setting and expect a few cycles to fully dry the comforter. You can use dryer balls to make sure your fill doesn’t clump too! Other comforters with different fills may require different settings or even a professional dry clean. Be sure to ALWAYS consult the care instructions for your pillow type before washing and drying.
The Lifespan of Your Linens
Sheets, Pillows, and Comforters all have different lifespans. That longevity highly relies on how you care for each product, but it also relies on the quality! Many factors can play into a short linen lifespan. Some examples are over-drying, highly concentrated or chemically-heavy detergents, poor fabric quality. Remember that high thread count is not always an indicator of quality! Before you buy something with a high thread count, check out our blog where we dive into the Truth About Thread Count.
Lifespan of Sheets: 100 Washes
Sheets are possibly the most variable in longevity based on the quality of the fabric and how they’re cared for. Our sheets are designed to accommodate the rigors of the hospitality industry. So in other words… They last! Generally, our sheets last around 100 washes. If you are following the above model of washing once per week, they could last up to two years. If you properly care for them each wash/dry cycle, they could even longer! By having 2-3 sets of sheets, you are allowing your sheets to also have “rest time” where they aren’t in use which helps them last as well.
Lifespan of Pillows: 18-24 Months
The lifespan of a pillow greatly depends on how often it’s being used. Do you lay on your pillow for a while before going to sleep? Do you take naps during the day? Does your spouse/sibling/child/pet ever use your pillow? A general rule of thumb is to switch out your pillow every 18-24 months. Down and Down-Alternative pillows, when cared for properly, can last up to two years. Some high-quality down pillows can last longer!
Lifespan of Comforters: TBD
Comforters are the hardest product to nail down a lifespan on. The reason being that everyone uses theirs differently! Some use duvet covers, some don’t. Some comforters have durable outer shells, while others are made from cheap and fragile fibers. The best way to know when to replace your comforter is to the signs wear, and how to prevent them! With Down and Down-Alternative comforters, checking the status is as easy as holding it up to the light. Remove the cover and hold your comforter up to the light. Naturally over time, the fill will disintegrate and create more space with the baffle boxes. The longer you have your comforter, the more the fill wears down; Thus losing its insulation properties. Wait to replace your comforter until the fill is mostly gone from the box, or until you feel it’s lost more than the acceptable amount. While you can’t fully prevent this from happening, you can extend the life of your comforter! Comforters usually wear down around the shoulder, especially if you move around a lot in your sleep. By rotating your comforter 180 degrees often, you can avoid wearing down the shoulder-height area as quickly.
Keeping Track of it All
We know keeping track of different care instructions can feel overwhelming. When it comes to laundry, we need one less thing to separate and remember, right? Well with Sevenfold Home products, we send you a care card made of a thicker card stock with every order of sheets, as well as with our bath linens. Store this in your laundry room or with your extra set of sheets. Feeling like that won’t work for you? Or maybe you’ve already lost your card? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered there too. We keep our care instructions conveniently on our website here so that you never have to worry.