How and when to clean your bedding

Find out when you should be washing your bedding and the best ways to do it.

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by Lorna White |

It's spring cleaning time! Yet shockingly eight out of ten of us can't remember the last time we washed our duvet or pillows! Follow these expert tips to make your bed a cosy, clean sanctuary once more.

How to wash your duvet

Wash your duvet at least twice a year. Household cleaning experts say it’s wise to use about one-third of your usual amount of detergent and wash as high as the care label allows (60 degrees or over will kill dust mites).

Shake out the duvet while it’s damp to redistribute the filling evenly. Natural feather and down duvets need to be cleaned at a professional dry cleaners, and we advise people to refer to the care label to be on the safe side.

How to wash your pillows

Pillows should be washed more frequently than duvets, and you should make sure they are thoroughly dried. As with duvets, most pillows that are filled with synthetic fibres can be machine washed at 40 or 60 degrees.

Always check the care label on natural pillows, as they often require professional cleaning. Protecting pillows with a cover can shield them from daily use and any unwanted stains.

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How to wash duvet protectors

Mattress protectors offer total peace of mind against spillages and stains while keeping your bed looking and feeling fresh night after night. Keep dust mites at bay by vacuuming mattresses regularly, and clean your protector at least once a month. While the protective cover is being washed, turn the mattress over, which helps to maintain its shape and evenness.

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How to wash stains on bedding

Make sure stains are dealt with as soon as they happen on duvets or pillows. Ease the filling away and tie the area off with an elastic band. Dab (don’t rub) the stain with cold water (hot will set the stain) and add a mild detergent or a specialist stain removal product for more stubborn stains.

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Look after bedding between washes

A really simple way to freshen up bedding is to air it outside for a couple of hours on a sunny and breezy day. Shaking your duvet every day to air it will help to keep it looking plump and fresh.

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