The dos and don’ts of duvet and pillow care

Chances are, washing your duvet and pillows isn’t at the top of your to-do list. However, having clean bedding is not only essential for hygiene, but it can also help you to get a better night’s sleep and have a positive impact on your health. Plus, there’s nothing better than getting into fresh bedding at the end of a long day.

To help you keep your sleeping space clean and comfortable, we’ve listed some of the most important dos and don’ts of duvet and pillow care:


Do wash your duvet and pillows regularly

You’re probably used to washing your sheets and duvet cover every few weeks, but many people forget about the rest of the bedding. Most of us spend around eight hours a day in bed, during which time dirt, moisture and dust mites can quickly build up. 
As a general rule, duvets should be washed every six months, while pillows should be cleaned every couple of months to keep them fresh and hygienic. 


Don’t use the same washing method for everything

When in doubt, check the manufacturer's label for instructions on how to clean your bedding. Most synthetic duvets and pillows can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, whereas natural fibre duvets should ideally be taken to the dry cleaners. 
Down pillows can also be cleaned in the washing machine but make sure you use the spin cycle at the end to get rid of any excess water. Super king duvets, or duvets with a 13.5 tog, should be taken to the dry cleaners.


Do dry them properly 

It’s important to make sure your bedding is completely dry before putting it back on your bed or in storage. Ideally, it should be left to dry for a few hours in a well-ventilated room or hung outside on the washing line on a sunny day. 
Take extra care drying down duvets and pillows, as the feather filling can hold moisture and become mouldy if left damp. Most synthetic duvets and pillows can be placed in the tumble dryer or air dried but check the care label first. 


Don’t forget to replace your bedding every few years

If you have properly cared for your duvet and washed it regularly, it should only need to be replaced every five years. However, it’s worth swapping out your duvet every season, which can help to prolong its life, as well as ensure you get a good night’s sleep. We recommend a 10-13.5 tog for the colder months, changing to a 7.5 tog during the warmer seasons. 
Pillows should be replaced every two years, or sooner, if you notice they are flat or lumpy. Pillows that have lost their shape won’t provide adequate support for your head or neck, which could leave you waking up with aches and pains. 


Do invest in hypoallergenic bedding

If you suffer from allergies, it’s a good idea to buy a hypoallergenic duvet and wash it more regularly to prevent a build-up of dirt and dust mites. Buying anti-allergy pillows can also help to keep allergens at bay so you can get a restful night’s sleep. 


Don’t forget regular care and maintenance    

There are a few simple ways you can keep your bedding fresher for longer. For example, make sure you are washing your duvet cover, sheets and pillow cases at least every other week. It's also worth using mattress and pillow protectors as an extra barrier and washing them once a month. To remove stains in-between washes, place a small amount of baking soda on your duvet and pillows and leave for 30 minutes before vacuuming.

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Posted by Alex Dagg 24th August 2022

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