How often should I replace my bedding?

Terry Baskeyfield | Posted

Bedding is a very personal thing and what one person might think is heaven to sleep in might be a total nightmare for others. Some people might like the feel of cotton or linen whilst others might like the smooth feel of satin or even silk. Whatever your preference the need to keep your bedding fresh and clean might mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a night of tossing and turning in discomfort. It can be difficult to know how often to change bedding completely; but there are a few signs you can look out for which may give you clues about the condition of your bedding.

The Condition Of Your Bedding

If your bedding has pilling (small bobbles of rough fabric on the surface) or stained or just thin and worn then it is probably past time for a change. Washing, tumble drying and perhaps ironing, obviously take their toll on all your bedding and if you adhere to the guide lines about changing your sheets etc. every week to ten days then that’s a lot of laundry and a lot of wear and tear on your bedding on a regular basis.

Making The Bed  

Deciding how often to change bedding will depend on a few different factors. If you have a bed wetter or someone who perspires a lot at night then the extra washing will mean a shorter life for your bedding, also if you sleep naked or with a partner then that will typically mean more sheet changing and shorten the life span of your bedding. Don't be fooled into thinking less laundering will extend the life span of your bedding, because it won't.

Dead skin and natural body oils are left in our beds every night and these are a feast for bed bugs and fleas. Once you have these in your bed they will reduce the longevity of your bedding, not to mention they are bad for your health, as you'll have to use higher temperature washes to eliminate them.

Upgrading Your Colour Scheme

Another factor which may influence your decision on how often to change bedding might be if you are simply changing your colour scheme or style of your room and want a change of design. Obviously this would not be just for that fact that the sheets you have might be worn or old but just that you are a little fed up of the style you currently have.

The choice for your new bedding these days is vast, from Egyptian cotton to silk or even bamboo fibre and the thread count of your chosen bedding will have a bearing on how long it will last. We spend on average a total of 1/3rd of our lives in bed, so taking care of your chosen bedding will give it a long life and will give you many hours of comfortable slumber.

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