November is National Sleep Comfort Month! The amount (and quality!) of sleep you receive can affect your brain, heart, weight, lifespan and immune system.
There are many factors that play into the role of a healthy night’s rest, including the comfort and cleanliness of your pillows, bedding, mattress firmness and more.
In honor of National Sleep Comfort Month, we have provided suggested tips and tricks for cleaning and caring for your bedding:
Frequency: Bedding should never go longer than two weeks without being washed. If you regularly bathe, wear pajamas, and only using your bed for sleeping, sheets can be changed bi-weekly. If you spend more time in your bed, have skin or acne issues, or sweat more frequently, we suggest washing once a week.
Pillowcases should also be washed at least once a week; while we sleep our pillowcases absorb our skin’s oils, sweat, dirt and saliva. A dirty pillowcase could contribute to acne, inflammation of the skin, or even illness or bacterial infections.
Washing Method: Before throwing in the washing machine, check the care label to ensure there are no special directions based on fabric. Generally, we recommend a mild detergent and warm (not hot!) water on a normal wash cycle. The hotter the water, the more germs will die, but a scalding hot wash cycle, followed by a hot cycle in the dryer, may cause your sheets to shrink quicker.
Sheets need room to circulate, so we recommend washing on their own, ensuring they are properly clean and rid of allergens, skin cells, or dust mites lingering on the fabric.
For more delicate fabrics such as silk, satin, or linen, we recommend you wash your sheets on a gentle setting in cold water, unaccompanied by any other materials in the washing machine.
Drying Method: If possible, hang up your bedding sheets outside or on a drying rack. If outside, minimize direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. If using a dryer, choose a low heat setting to minimize shrinking or any other damage. Remove sheets immediately once the cycle has ended. If you are not immediately placing back on bed, fold the sheets to remove wrinkling.
Other bedding that does not receive as much contact with your skin, including down comforters, duvets and blankets, do not need to be washed as regularly as your sheets and pillowcases, but should be cared for based on care labels instructions.
Now that you have created a clean and comfortable setting for a night of peaceful sleep, let us clean the rest of your home! We have designed an exclusive four-part Detail Clean Rotation System that ensures your bathrooms, living areas, sleeping areas and kitchens are properly cleaned, sanitized, and left spotless clean!
To sign up for a free online estimate, visit: http://estimate.thecleaningauthority.com/