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Understanding your bed linens for better snoozing

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Given that we spend a third of our lives on them, bed linens are probably one of the most-used fabrics in our lives. Due to the large amount of time we spend in contact with them, they tend to accumulate dead skin, dust mites, sweat and hair oil residue.  This makes it important to launder our bedding regularly.   

Proper care and maintenance of bedsheets don’t just rid our beds of allergens and bacteria. Laundering them right extends their longevity, reduces damage such as fraying and shrinking, and can provide a more comfortable surface to rest on.

Know your materials

The EDV705G has a low-temperature, gentle drying cycle that is ideal for sheets with a high thread count.
Washing machines like the latest Electrolux Time Manager range come with intelligent wash programmes and customised settings for different types of fabric materials. From luxurious cotton weaves to soft bamboo fibres, the options in bedding materials have grown, and require proper laundering to stay in optimal conditions.

One of the most common materials, cotton, tends to come in two types for bedding – 100 percent cotton or Egyptian cotton. Recently, organic cotton has increased in popularity as they are harvested without harmful pesticides and are considered environmentally friendly.

In all cases, it is best to use a gentle wash cycle with cool or lukewarm water, as high temperature washes can cause cotton to shrink. It is also best to dry them in tumble dryers like the Electrolux EDV705G, which offers gentle, low temperature drying cycles for such fabrics.

Linen is a luxurious fibre that can feel nice and cool in hot weather, and gets softer with use. Regular washing of linen not only helps the softening process, but gives it a lovely lived-in look. While they can be washed at high temperatures of up to 950C, it is best to wash them at a warm 600C. High wash temperatures can wear linens out faster, so use them only on heavily soiled beddings.

Check the thread count

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Laundering your bedsheets properly helps them to last longer and feel better.

Thread count refers to the density of the weave in threads per square inch. The thread count of bed sheets are commonly used to denote the quality of the bedding. A high thread count of 400 to 1000, for example, is considered luxurious. This is because the material needs to be spun more finely, and thus has a finer feel.

As with all fine materials, high thread count bedding requires more care when laundering, as they are more easily damaged by high heat or rough handling. Do refer to the manufacturer’s label for instructions. Some high thread count sheets are best hand washed or even dry cleaned.

When they can be laundered, use a cold or lukewarm wash with a high quality, gentle detergent. The latest Electrolux Time Manager Range comes with a load sensor that lets you know the optimal amount of detergent to use for each load of washing.

Store them right
If you prefer sleeping in a natural environment without the air conditioner, it might be best to change your sheets once a week or bi-weekly. Spare sheets should be neatly folded and kept in a cool, dry closet or drawer. If you want to keep your fabric from yellowing, you can line the surface of the storage area with acid-free tissue paper. Avoid storing bed linens in plastic containers or areas which can trap moisture. This encourages the growth of mildew on your sheets.

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