Bed linen, like any other linen, needs regular care. The need for care depends, of course, on the individual requirements of each of us. So how do you wash, iron, dry or otherwise maintain your bedding? We have a few tips for you in the following lines in our blog on Vantu.
Bed linen needs to be washed regularly, as it is generally one of the things that are subject to greater hygienic demands, precisely because of their frequent contact with our skin. Not to mention the case of people with various skin problems, allergies and the like. In principle, we wash once a week or once every two weeks. It will certainly not hurt if you read the instructions from the manufacturer, which are given in the form of care symbols on each product. These always vary depending on the material with which the bedding is made. The washing temperature is different for classic cotton sheets, flannel sheets, satin sheets, or special sheets made of, for example, flax, tencel, beech fiber and others. Nowadays, it also depends on the color used and the method of printing on the sheets, as even such a basic thing has gone through its development in the textile industry over time. The standard used is that when washing, even the first one, it is recommended to turn the sheets upside down and definitely close the lid. It doesn't matter if it is a closure with classic buttons or a zipper. This prevents their possible damage during washing, especially in the area of closing. If possible, it is recommended to wash the bed linen separately.
For the most part, the recommended temperature is 40°C - 60°C, but for example a temperature of 60°C is suitable for white bed linen, not for color. In the past, somehow the temperature was not resolved, it was simply washed to 60°C and it was "painted", but even in this there was a shift. Today's modern paints no longer require such high temperatures, so you will often encounter a washing temperature of 30°C, 40°C, which is also contributed by the fact that today's modern washing powders are made by other modern technologies. A separate chapter for washing are the increasingly popular photo sheets, polyester sheets, or microfiber bed linen, where the washing temperature is recommended 30°C. You can get rid of some stains with conventional detergents, but some are really difficult to wash. Oxygen detergents are best used for stains you can't handle. Frequent causes of pollution are cosmetics, lotions, creams and the like, which you get rid of with nuclear soap. Liquid or powdered washing powder? Here the choice is simple, use what suits you best and you have your best experience with it. For some pillowcases can cause clotting. This is natural especially for bed linen made of cotton, or combinations of material with cotton. In the production of bed linen, this thing is taken into account, so the shrinkage of the material should not be significant. Precipitation of the material is mainly related to the high washing temperature or also to the selected washing program.
Use of fabric softener.
Principle number one is that do not use fabric softener when washing for the first time. This is our recommendation and experience. It should be noted that the first wash removes the initial contamination from the bed linen after production, sewing, as well as any paint residues, base care products. Subsequently, it is up to you to decide whether to use fabric softener when washing. With it, you will achieve that it will smell pleasant. Of course, it is necessary to choose a fabric softener that will not bother you in terms of aromatic properties. The fabric softener will also soften the laundry, it will not be so rough to the touch.
Drying of bed linen.
The best way to dry your bedding is always the classic drying in the fresh air, which guarantees fresh bedding and, if you even spread it well, you have an easier effort with ironing. Another way is to dry the sheets in a dryer. It is important to note that, beforehand, it is necessary to study the manufacturer's instructions on the product. Not every fabric is suitable for tumble drying, especially for premium materials such as satin, tencel and the like, where the manufacturer of the fabric itself recommends it. In general, it should not be exaggerated with drying so that the bed linen does not remain too wrinkled. At the same time, they do not need to be removed from the dryer too wet, you will prevent the unwanted formation of mold.
Ironing of bed linen.
Ironing must always be solved individually for a specific type of material. Cotton sheets do not avoid ironing, even ironing will increase their hygienic level. On the other hand, crepe sheets are not ironed! By ironing them, they will devalue you. This also applies to a certain type of satin, which does not require ironing. At the ironing temperature used, the ironing temperature symbol on the product must be followed exclusively, and steam ironing may also be used.
Saving, storing bed linen.
We store bedding exclusively in a dry place, and if possible in a dark place. At a place where we will ensure that they do not dust or absorb any unwanted odors. We do not recommend storing bed linen in places with moisture or in various plastic containers. This prevents them from retaining moisture, which can cause mold or mites.
Do you understand all the symbols on the clothing label? See an overview of the care and washing symbols for textiles. You will find out how to wash, bleach, dry and iron properly and what the washing brands mean for professional care. Textile products must be marked with data on the method of maintenance, which follows from the law of the Slovak Republic. These rules are binding on both manufacturers and importers. You will find the individual symbols and a description at this link.