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Bed down in cleaner, longer-lasting sheets with the right machine settings

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Washing machines with T-Drive technology utilise paddles to provide a more gentle wash akin to handwashing. They also have large drum capacities of up to 12kg.The Iron Aid Steam Dryer has a cool tumble feature that uses cooler air to dry clothing, giving your bed linens a softer, longer lifespan.The Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines have up to an 8kg drum capacity that is able to wash large items such as curtains and duvets.

We sleep between them every night, so when it comes to washing our bed sheets, pillows and duvets, we might as well clean them right.

Bed sheets

Despite the size of a bed sheet compared to clothing, a gentle wash for the bed sheet is the way to go. A gentle, cold wash prolongs the life of the bed sheet and is less harsh on the fibres than hot water. Colours also stay vibrant longer when cold water is used.

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Washing machines with T-Drive technology utilise paddles to provide a more gentle wash akin to handwashing. They also have large drum capacities of up to 12kg.

When loading up the washing machine, avoid putting  all the bed linens in at once, especially if you have a king-sized bed. This puts less stress on both the machine and your sheets. Front loading washing machines like the Electrolux Vapour Series of washing machines are typically gentler on the wash too. Newer top-load models like the T-Drive washing machines can also replicate the gentler motions of hand washing, and are great for your washing needs.

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The Iron Aid Steam Dryer has a cool tumble feature that uses cooler air to dry clothing, giving your bed linens a softer, longer lifespan.

When drying bed sheets, try to use line drying as using a dryer will wear the sheets out faster. Should you need to use a dryer due to time or space constraints, use the air tumble option and choose  as cool a setting as possible.

Pillows

Before deciding to throw your pillows in the machine, do check the tags.  Certain pillows filled with polyester fibre, foam or moulded pillows can generally be washed. If the pillow is filled with water, buckwheat or gel, don’t  put it into the machine.

You can wash bed pillows on warm or hot settings in a washing machine, depending on the instructions on the tag. They do not need as much detergent as a regular load of clothes, about half the amount should suffice, although the amount can be adjusted depending on the pillow.

Pillows can be dried on medium heat in the dryer, then air dried until they are completely free of any moisture from the wash.

Duvets

As with pillows, do check the label if your duvet can be machine washed. You can still wash down or feather-filled duvets in a machine, but extra care will have to be taken to prevent it from clumping.

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The Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines have up to an 8kg drum capacity that is able to wash large items such as curtains and duvets.

Depending on the size of your duvet, you may need a washing machine with a larger washing capacity. A duvet for a king-sized bed may require a machine with at least a 7kg drum capacity like the EWF85761 Time Manager washing machine. Remember, you should not have to force the duvet into the machine.

As with pillows, less detergent is needed to wash one large sheet, so the amount used can be reduced to about half of that for an equivalent load of clothes. This does require stains to be treated beforehand, however.

Comforters may take a longer time to dry, but do make sure they are completely moisture free as they can become mouldy inside.

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