We all love that feeling of climbing into fresh, clean bedding, but some items can just be tricky. If you have wondered how to properly clean pillows, quilts, and mattresses, without inflicting any unneeded damage or paying that inflated dry cleaning bill, you are not alone. This article will give you the step-by-step instructions to clean these items properly.
- First up are pillows. Before doing anything, you need to check the label. Always wash your pillows on the water temperature indicated. Fill the machine with the appropriate water temperature and level.
- Next, place the pillows into the machine. When you do so, do not wash more or less than two pillows at one given time. Two pillows will even the load, and it helps to keep the pillows even.
- Once your pillows are in the machine, add a small amount detergent to avoid damage. Then wash on the gentle cycle.
- Rinse twice when you wash your pillows, to make sure all detergent is washed out.
- Dry according to the label: when drying your pillows, there are two ways to do it. You can let your pillows air dry in a flat position or dry the pillows in the dryer with two tennis balls.
Washing your quilts is a little easier than pillows, but there are still some guidelines you’ll need to adhere to. Follow these to get the best possible result:
- Machine washing: when you put your quilt in the machine, do not wash it with hot water. Set the program on a cold cycle and use a mild detergent. Once the program has run through completely, hang your quilt to dry.
- Hand washing: people who want to hand-wash their quilt can do so by submerging the quilt in a bathtub of water with mild detergent. Let the quilt soak for a couple of hours before you start rinsing. Rinse at least a few times until the water is completely clear. Hang the quilt to dry.
- Vacuum: some people choose to vacuum their quilt instead of washing it. Simply slide the end of some cut-off nylon over the hose and vacuum to get rid of any dirt. However, if you want to make sure your quilt is squeaky clean, it is better to wash it.
Washing a mattress is of course not possible, but there are some ways to clean it.
- Vacuum: start vacuuming at the top of your mattress and work your way down. Do not forget to vacuum the sides of the mattress as well.
- Deodorize: sprinkle the mattress with some baking soda and rub it in with a bristled brush. Do not forget to add some drops of essential oil as well. You can also add some additional scents that promote sleep, like lavender or sandalwood.
- Remove stains: the best ways to remove stains is with cold water, dish soap or some hydrogen peroxide. Do not use hot water, because this will cause the stains to become worse.
- Flip: Flip your mattress to have access to the other side.
- Repeat: when you have flipped your mattress, do not forget to repeat the cleaning process again. You have all the materials out anyway!
As you can see, cleaning your bedding does not have to be difficult. If you stick to our guidelines, you will find that cleaning your bedding can be done rather easily and without damaging anything.