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A laundry guide to washing your luxury bedding


There's no better feeling than snuggling up in freshly-washed sheets and drifting off into a nice, relaxing slumber. But maintaining that luxurious feel requires proper care: from washing to drying to storing. That's why we've asked Angie Tang, Senior Operations Manager at innovative laundry collection service Laundrapp, to explain how you should take care of your luxury bedding.

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After a hard day's work, you probably just want to nod off easily and fall into a deep sleep. While your choice of mattress and pillows will be a big factor in how easily you can snooze, your choice of bedding and how you look after it is also an important factor. While it can be tempting to buy any old sheets for your bed, investing in some luxury fabrics is well worth it.

Whether you go for Egyptian cotton, sumptuous silk, or lavish linen you'll need to know how to look after them properly to keep them in top condition for years to come. That's why I've put together this short guide on how to wash and care for your luxury bedding.

Take care when washing

Luxurious fabrics are quite delicate and should be handled with care. For this reason, it is always wise to wash sheets and duvet covers by themselves, away from any clothes that have zips or hooks, as this can cause snagging. Always read the labels carefully but, in general, use a gentle cycle with a mild detergent as anything beyond this can damage the fabrics. Hot water shrinks fibres, so I advise that you use warm cycles. If you want to maintain the colour of your sheets for longer, try washing them inside out.

Spot clean tough stains

As you must wash your sheets on a gentle cycle, you won't be able to get out those tough stains. Instead, I recommend that you try spot cleaning the fabric using a damp cloth and a chemical-free cleaning solution, as this will provide maximum protection for the fabric. If you are having trouble with really bad stains, it's recommended that you take your sheets to a professional cleaner, as you can actually make your stains worse.

Dry your sheets thoroughly

Before tumble drying your sheets, always check the labels to make sure its safe to do so. In general, a low heat with a slow spin is advised.  A fantastic tip is to actually remove your sheets from the dryer while they are still slightly damp and allow them to finish drying naturally. Not only will this help to prevent wrinkles, it will also stop mildew from growing. Open each cover fully and shake before hanging to dry but, beware, direct sunlight can cause the colours to fade.

Don't forget about storage

A critical, but often overlooked, part of caring for your luxury bedding is storage. Always neatly fold your bedding and store it flat in a dry and airy environment out of the way of the sun. You generally won't go wrong with a wardrobe of drawer. It is vital that your bedding can breathe, however, so storing them in airtight plastic boxes is a bad idea as they prevent moisture from escaping. Keep your eyes peeled for any small holes as this will indicate that moths are present and you should change storage location.

As you can see, keeping your laundry in tip-top condition is a lot of work. But, by taking the time to look after them, you can ensure that they will last as long as possible.

This article is meant as a general guide and you should always read and follow the instructions as outlined on the label of your bedding. If you are unsure about any of the steps outlined above, we would always recommend that you get your bedding washed by a professional.


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