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How often should I wash my duvet and pillows?

Your duvet and pillows are more than just bedding; they're essential for a comfortable and restful sleep. However, keeping them clean is crucial for hygiene and sleep quality. Let's explore the best practices for washing duvets and pillows and how often you should do it.

How Often Should You Wash Your Duvet?

  • Every 3-6 Months: Over time, duvets collect dust mites, sweat, skin cells, and other allergens, making regular washing necessary. Aim to wash your duvet every 3-6 months to maintain freshness and cleanliness.

  • Seasonal Considerations: Consider washing more frequently during warmer months when sweat and allergens are more prevalent. This helps prevent the build-up of moisture and bacteria.

  • Allergy Concerns: If you suffer from allergies, washing your duvet more often can significantly reduce allergens, dust mites, and pet dander, improving sleep quality and overall well-being.

Tips for Washing Your Duvet:

  • Check Care Labels: Always follow the care label instructions for washing and drying your duvet. Different materials may have specific requirements.

  • Use a Large-Capacity Washing Machine: Ensure your duvet has enough room to move freely during the wash cycle for thorough cleaning.

  • Add Tennis Balls or Dryer Balls: To prevent clumping and maintain the fluffiness of down or synthetic fillings, add a couple of tennis balls or dryer balls to the dryer.

  • Air Dry or Tumble Dry on Low: Depending on the duvet's material, air drying or using a low-heat setting in the dryer can prevent damage and ensure the duvet is completely dry before storage.

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

  • Every 3-6 Months: Like duvets, pillows accumulate sweat, body oils, dead skin cells, and dust mites over time. Washing them every 3-6 months helps maintain hygiene and prolongs their lifespan.

  • Spot Cleaning: For spills or stains, spot clean pillows immediately to prevent them from setting in. Use a mild detergent and gentle blotting to remove stains without damaging the fabric.

  • Fluffing: Regularly fluffing pillows by hand or using a dryer with no heat helps maintain their shape, loft, and comfort level.

Tips for Washing Your Pillows:

  • Check Care Labels: Different pillow types (down and synthetic) have specific care instructions. Always refer to the care label before washing.

  • Use a Gentle Cycle: Opt for a gentle or delicate cycle when washing pillows to prevent damage to the filling or fabric.

  • Dry Completely: Ensure pillows are completely dry before use or storage to prevent mould, mildew, and unpleasant odours.

Regularly washing your duvet and pillows is essential for a clean and healthy sleep environment. By following these guidelines, checking care labels, and adjusting based on seasonal changes and personal preferences, you can enjoy fresh bedding, improved sleep quality, and a more comfortable night's rest throughout the year.

For super fresh cleaning of your duvets and pillows, please visit us and try at Farthings Dry Cleaners 143 Milton Cambridge CB4 1XE or 1 Anstey Way Trumpington. Feel free to call us on 01223 755180 or 01223 625310; we will advise as much as possible.


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