Bedding usually comes with information on how to wash, but nothing to do with the frequency or importance of doing so!
We all want to stay fresh and clean during our sleep, so let's understand how to get the most hygienic sleep possible!
WHY CHANGE BED SHEETS?
Bed sheets tend to get very dirty, very quickly. In fact, after just a few days of use, bed sheets are filled with dead skin cells, oil from skin, saliva, sweat and even small amounts of urine and faecal matter. Disgusting, right?!
All of our bodies leave a trail of grime behind us, which our bed sheets catches... So inevitably, if we don't get rid of this mess then we end up sleeping in it. Even more disgusting...
Changing bed sheets isn’t only about avoiding the negative consequences, there are also many benefits to changing the sheets. In fact, there are few feelings as good as slipping into a bed with some crisp, freshly changed sheets.
The peace of mind that comes from being surrounded by the fresh scent of new sheets when sleeping could even be considered luxurious.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE BEDDING?
The general rule is that bed sheets should be changed about once a week. It might surprise you to learnt that a lot of people don't do this already - so hopefully this will inspire them!
Some people could probably get away with changing bedsheets once a fortnight if conditions are absolutely perfect, however there are many variables that make a once a week bedding change absolutely necessary.
Each bed should have at least 2 sets of bedding available for use so that when one set of bedding is being washed, another fresh set is on hand to take its place. This is to avoid sleeping on a bare mattress without any sheets.
Any amount of time sleeping on a mattress without sheets can have some unsavoury consequences. The mattress will absorb all the oils, dead skin cells, germs and dust that bed sheets normally would.
However, washing mattresses is not as easy as changing sheets and the grime will stay and accumulate leading to increases in bacteria, fungi, fabric discolorations and unpleasant smells
HOW OFTEN TO BUY NEW BED SHEETS?
How long bed sheets last depends on the amount of wear and tear it goes through as well as the quality of the bedding. The initial cost of luxury fabrics is often largely offset by how durable they are.
Bedding unfortunately doesn’t last forever and how often should you change your bedding is dependent on its condition. If there are any major spills, rips or other damage, it is best to change bedding immediately. Otherwise, bedding has a natural lifespan that differs with the fabric used.
Cheaper fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and low-grade cotton may last around 2 years before becoming discoloured, dull and damaged. High quality fabrics on the other hand, such as Tencel™ or silk can last up to 20 years.