Nothing feels better in the winter than a warm, cozy bed. But winter bedding often needs some special care to keep it soft and snuggly. The Coin Laundry Association, a trade association for some 2,500 self-service laundries across the country, offers these tips for caring for winter linens.
Big Bedding = Big Washers & Dryers
Unless you have purchased commercial-sized appliances, most household washers and dryers aren't adequately sized to accommodate something like a queen-size comforter. For better and faster cleaning results and with less strain on your home appliances, pack up your big linens and head to a coin laundry. Commercial-grade washers and dryers can handle up to 75 pounds of laundry.
The Clean Down
Contrary to popular belief, most down comforters and pillows can be washed, according to the Coin Laundry Association. Be sure to read the care instructions and always use a mild detergent. When drying, put some clean tennis balls in the dryer to help fluff the down and keep it from clumping.
To keep down pillows and comforters looking and smelling their best, but sure to use a duvet and pillow covers which can be washed weekly or as needed.
Putting on a duvet cover can be daunting. But you can use this simple method that makes it an easy one person job.
A Pillow For My Head
If you don't have down pillows, but rather foam or polyester fill, you can still wash those to keep them smelling fresh all winter long.
Keeping It Soft
Some textiles, such as down comforters, have a tendency to absorb liquid fabric softener unevenly so use a fabric-softening and static reduction sheet in the dryer instead. Fabric-softening sheets leave a thin film on the exterior of textiles that prevents static electricity. It also makes the material feel softer.
Most wool blankets can be laundered. Use cold water, a gentle cycle and fluff dry. Add a few towels to the dryer to help absorb moisture and cut down on the drying time.
Even blankets that have a power source can be cleaned if done carefully. Learn how.
Flannel Is More Than A Shirt
Wash and dry flannel sheets separately, as they like to deposit lint on other items. Never over-dry which can cause wrinkles to set and colors to fade.