There’s arguably nothing better than cuddling up in a clean bed after a long day and resting your head on a soft pillow to get some much-needed sleep.
Our bedrooms are a sanctuary where we retreat to rest and relax – and our bedding (comforter, sheets, blankets, and quilts) is a big part of ensuring we’re able to get a quality night’s rest. That being said, it is our responsibility to care for these essentials so we can continue to rest comfortably.
Here we’ll take a closer look at how to properly clean various types of bedding. While some can be machine washed with little hassle or consequences, others should always be taken to the dry cleaner for professional cleaning to preserve their look and feel. Here’s everything you need to know about dry cleaning bedding versus washing it.
Comforters and Blankets: Dry Clean
When it comes to cleaning comforters and blankets, rely on professional dry cleaning services to preserve their quality and softness. If you machine wash comforters and blankets, you can expect the wash and dry cycles to result in premature rips, tears, snags, and even discoloration. Your favorite blankets and comforters may be made from specialty fabrics that should never be washed in water. To keep your blankets and comforters looking and feeling great, make sure you take these to your dry cleaner for professional cleaning unless the tag indicates otherwise.
Sheets and Pillowcases: Machine Wash
Bed sheets and pillowcases can almost always be machine washed, but you’ll want to adhere to a few guidelines before doing so:
- Check the tag. Sheets are made of a variety of different fabrics from satin and silk to Egyptian cotton, which may have different washing directions. For instance, silk and satin sheets should be washed in gentle cycles with cold water, while cotton and linen sheets can be washed in normal cycles. When it comes to washing versus dry cleaning fabrics, always check the tag.
- Don’t jam the washing machine. If you have bulky bedding to clean, consider breaking up your load into a few different cycles. Overloading the washing machine with sheets or other items can damage the sheets. Overfilling your washing machine can also interfere with the cleaning process, leaving you with sheets that are still dirty even after a wash.
Quilts and Duvets: Dry Clean
Quilts and duvets tend to be more specialty bedroom accessories, so they should also be met with more specialized cleaning. Quilts and duvets may also be sentimental items that are passed down by generations of family members. So, why risk damage to them by attempting to hand or machine wash them yourself? That’s where a professional dry cleaner can come in handy.
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If you’re ever wondering whether your bedding should be washed at home or dry cleaned by a professional, be sure to check the tag for care instructions. If you’re still not confident in caring for the bedding item at home, play it safe and take it to the dry cleaners. A professional will use quality dry cleaning materials to ensure your bedding is always clean without sacrificing quality.