Cleaning Tips for Bedding and Bath Linen

Keeping your duvet, sheets and towels in good condition can help to extend their longevity and maintain a nice, soft texture. In the case of bedding, it can also help you sleep better!

According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, about seven in 10 people agree that they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent. It can be tricky to know how to keep these bulky items clean, and whether it’s something you can do at home. So, we’ve put together these expert tips for caring for your bedding and bath linen.


How often should I wash my towels?

We’d recommend once a week and it’s always good to wash towels at a higher temperature for a better clean. Short, fast, wash settings can make them feel rough afterwards, so use a regular-speed cycle. Towels need to be dried thoroughly after use to avoid bacteria settling on the fabric. Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor at all costs!

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How often should I wash my duvet cover?

Washing your bedding once a week will remove the build up of sweat, body oil and skin that accumulates each night. Not to mention any leftover crumbs if you’re the type who likes to snack while in bed!

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What’s the best way to wash my bed sheets?

Hot water helps to kill dust mites and germs that thrive in bedding, so you should use the hottest setting that is safe for the material. Cotton can tolerate hot water whereas sheets made of Polyester blends are best washed using warm water.

Sunshine is a natural disinfectant and helps to brighten whites, so hang your sheets outside every couple of months if you can. Finally, ironing your bed linen will not only help to kill any last remaining germs but also makes your sheets feel softer and makes them easier to store.

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Can I wash my duvet at home?

Duvets are typically too big for standard size (7kg) washing machines and could result in a poor clean or damage to your machine. However, If you have a large capacity drum (12kg), you may have space to wash your duvet at home. As a rule of thumb, you should fill the drum to no more than 80% of its capacity. 

Professional cleaners such as Laundrapp will use specialist solvents to remove any stains which results in a finish superior to what you’re likely to achieve at home. We can also ensure that duvets are thoroughly dried, which prevents mildew.

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What types of duvet and bedding are dry clean only?

This varies based on the care label of the item. Retailers often recommend that you dry clean or carefully hand wash wool, to prevent shrinkage. We’d also recommend dry cleaning silk, which is an extremely delicate material. If there’s no label, you can send the item to Laundrapp and our cleaners will use their expertise to choose the best cleaning method. So you can feel reassured that we are caring for your bedding!

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How do I keep my whites really white?

Ensuring you only wash whites with other whites is a good starting point, but doesn’t always stop your linen from going gray. The first step to prevent this is to keep your washing machine nice and clean. Run the drum clean cycle regularly if you have one. Secondly, make sure you invest in good quality washing powder as named brands do tend to give better results than cheap powders. 

Avoid the use of chemical bleach on your sheets — it has a chemical reaction to protein stains like sweat that can make those stains appear more yellow. Drying your sheets in the sun is a natural way to bleach them and keep them bright.



What if I can’t follow these steps at home?

It can be difficult to properly clean, dry out and iron large items at home, especially if you live in a small flat. And sometimes time restraints or bad weather will prevent you carrying out these cleaning tips for bedding and bath linen.

Laundrapp can clean all tog ratings, and duvets made of synthetic materials or feather and down. Plus, with our handy collection and delivery service, you won’t need to lug bulky items all the way to your local laundrette. 

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To find out more about what services we offer, head to the Bedding or Home products section within our app or website.

Once your bedding is clean, you might be inspired to try styling your bed in a new way. For tips on how to decorate your bed, check out our article Tips for How to Decorate Your Bed.



Laundrapp Team

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