What could be more pleasant than rest in a clean bed, on soft pillows, and a comfortable mattress. To prevent the rapid wear of bedding, you need to properly care for them.
How to wash bedding? The secrets and subtleties of washing blankets and pillows, mattress toppers and blankets, bed linen will help you enjoy their appearance and positive qualities for as long as possible.
General rules for washing in a washing machine and by hand
Before you start washing your home textiles (blankets, mattress covers, bed linen, blankets and pillows), it will not be superfluous to familiarize yourself with the general rules and recommendations:
- Be sure to read the manufacturer's label before washing. It contains basic information about the materials of manufacture and the peculiarities of washing.
- It is important to adhere to the temperature regime. For natural fabrics, the temperature of water for washing usually does not exceed 60 ° C, for synthetics - no more than 40 ° C, for delicate - no more than 30 ° C.
- Wash bedding only with liquid detergents. The exception is bed linen, for which ordinary free-flowing powders are suitable.
- Regardless of the type of fabric, home textiles are rinsed at least twice. This will help to avoid stains on the tissues and possible allergic reactions on the skin and mucous membranes of a person.
After washing, do not rush to pack the bedding in the closet. Wait until the wet laundry is completely dry. Otherwise, things will be irretrievably damaged by mold and mildew.
How to wash bed linen?
Wash bedding so that it retains its appearance longer it's not difficult if you adhere to some rules:
- Before washing, linen must be sorted by color and type of fabric.
- Heavily soiled laundry is pre-soaked in a detergent solution (for at least two to three hours). Stubborn stains must be removed before washing.
- The laundry is loaded into the washing machine drum loosely (by about a third). This will help to rinse out the detergent better and wring out the clothes.
- Depending on the type of fabric, set the required washing mode and water temperature. For cotton products - 60C, synthetic fabrics - 50C, linen can be washed at 70-90 ° C.
- The detergent composition is selected based on the color of the bed linen (separately for colored or white fabrics).
The rules for washing bed linen are described in detail in this section.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to wash a mattress as easily as bed linen. This is one of the types of bedding that cannot be completely wetted (full information on the cleaning method must be seen on the manufacturer's label).
Those who do not have access to dry cleaning services can use the memo, how to clean the mattress yourself at home:
- the mattress is placed in the bathroom so that water flows from it;
- using a soft sponge or brush, the surface of the mattress is treated with soapy water (shampoo or a special Vanish product is diluted in water);
- after cleaning, the mattress is rinsed with water from the shower and left to dry.
If your mattress has tough stains or an unpleasant odor, a versatile, proven product can help remove them.
To prepare it, mix 200 ml of hydrogen peroxide in a clean container, 3 tbsp. soda and 2-3 drops of liquid soap... The resulting composition is applied through a spray bottle to the spot, left for two hours, after which it is washed off the mattress with water.
Read more about washing mattresses here, on how to remove urine from a mattress - here.
You can prevent the loss of the protective properties of the mattress topper after washing, subject to certain rules and recommendations:
- Before washing, you must carefully study the manufacturer's information on the mattress topper label (about the materials of manufacture, the recommended temperature regime, the type of washing).
- For washing, use only special gels for membrane fabrics. It is strictly forbidden to use ordinary washing powders, oxygen and chlorine-containing bleaches (they clog and destroy the structure of the fabric of the mattress topper, destroy its protective properties).
- Stubborn, stubborn stains (grease, blood, mold) are removed before washing.
You will find all the most useful and important about washing mattress toppers here.
It is possible to maintain the shape and softness of the pillow after washing, subject to certain rules and recommendations.
The first thing to find out is the pillow filler material... Only pillows filled with:
- rest in peace,
- padding polyester or holofiber,
- bamboo fiber or silicone balls.
The second point to consider when washing pillows is the choice of detergent. Only liquid wool powder is suitable for cleaning pillows. Such products are perfectly rinsed out of the filler, do not leave marks on the case.
The third point is the washing conditions. The pillows must never be twisted in the automatic machine (only hand rinse and gentle spin). The water temperature should not exceed 50 ° C.
You can find a lot of useful information on washing pillows in this section.
The choice of washing method depends on several factors: the size and weight of the blanket. Light, thin, small synthetic blankets are machine washed.
Algorithm of actions:
- set the required temperature (no higher than 40C), the number of spinning revolutions (no more than 400), pour in liquid detergent, wash mode - delicate;
- a blanket previously cleaned of dust is loaded into the drum;
- at the end of washing, the product is immediately taken out and hung out to dry in a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight.
Heavy plush, large blankets are only hand washed (or dry cleaned). It is important to note that the weight of a wet blanket should not exceed the technical parameters of the washing machine load (no more than 6 kg).
Like any other home textile, the comforter needs to be washed periodically. Some tips and tricks will help you do this correctly:
- Before washing, you must carefully examine the manufacturer's label on the blanket for the recommended type of cleaning, materials of manufacture.
- If there are stains on the blanket, they must be removed before washing (a stain remover will come to the rescue).
- If the blanket is small, it can be machine washed. It is important to adhere to the temperature regime (no more than 40 ° C), use only liquid detergents, set the spin cycle to no more than 400-600 revolutions. Washing mode - delicate or wool.
Together with the blanket, special balls are placed in the washing machine drum. This will help avoid clumping. Read more about washing blankets. here.
The main thing to remember is that after washing the bedding must dry completely.
- Mattress put to dry in a well-ventilated place (you can on the balcony) away from direct sunlight. The mattress dries for a long time (at least two to three days). In the process of drying, the product is turned over.
- Mattress topper dried only horizontally. This type of bedding is forbidden to dry outside at sub-zero temperatures. Frost (like high temperatures) destroys the membrane, turning the protective mattress topper into a regular bedspread.
- Blankets dried on drying, away from heating devices and direct sunlight, periodically turning over on different sides.
A few tips from experienced housewives to help you get the most out of your wash. bedding:
- duvet covers and pillowcases are turned inside out;
- also experts recommend adding fabric softener to the washer (it will make the fabric softer, simplify ironing);
- Instead of special liquid detergents for washing pillows, you can use regular hair shampoo.
Caring for your bedding is easy. The main thing is to observe the temperature regime of washing, choose the right detergents and take into account some of the features of cleaning this or that type of home textiles.