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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Importance of Clean Bedding

There are so many factors that lead to a terrible night’s sleep – too much alcohol, a heavy meal, lighting, temperature, noise, children in bed with you.  The list goes on, but did you know that sleeping on clean sheets can help you get a better night’s rest?  Check out these results from a poll done by the National Sleep Foundation:
  • 78% of the respondents agreed that they are more excited to go to bed on sheets with a fresh scent
  • 85% of people reported improved sleep
  • 86% stated the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding is an important part in getting a good night’s sleep
BUT
  • Only 62% stated that they change their sheets at least weekly or more often
AND
  • A Yahoo survey found that only 16% said they wash their sheets only once a month
So why is all this the case?  The short answer is ‘I don’t know,’ but here’s what happens when you don’t wash your sheets often enough and hopefully the information in the next paragraph will be an excellent motivator.

Your body does some crazy things; for instance, it sheds around a million skin cells per day, has more germs on it than people in the United States, naturally secretes oils, and has a built-in mechanism to help you cool down -- called sweat.  In fact, a Wall Street Journal Online report reported that one person can perspire as much as a liter in one night.  These things, when left on sheets for an extended period, can put you at risk for infections, viruses, acne, and induced asthma symptoms.  In addition, dust mites feed off dead skin cells; these little creatures live, die, and reproduce in bed sheets.
 
Now that you are motivated, here’s how you go about properly caring for your bed sheets:
  • Before washing, read the care labels to ensure there aren’t special instructions to follow. 
  • Just as with your clothes, sheets can bleed onto lighter color fabric, so be sure to separate by color.
  • Wash with the hottest temperature setting listed on the care label; hot water kills most germs and will also kill dust mites.  Cotton sheets can handle hot water while polyester blends need to be washed in warm water.
  • Sunshine is a both a natural disinfectant and a natural brightener, so instead of throwing your sheets in the dryer, consider hanging them outside to dry.   
  • Several years ago, I poked fun at my mom for ironing sheets, but the truth is doing so will help kill the last of the germs and will also make them easier to fold and store.
  • To efficiently store your sheets, place the folded set inside one of its matching pillowcases and store them in the room in which they will be used.  It is best to store them in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. 
  • To help your sheets last longer, consider having more than one set so that you can rotate them.
As always we are here to help, so if you have questions about caring for your sheets, stop by any one of our locations or send me an e-mail at wildwednesday@acleanerworld.com.

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