how to create the perfect bed
part 3 – THE CARE FACTOR + GIVEAWAY

how to care for your bed

THE THIRD PART OF OUR ‘HOW TO CREATE
THE PERFECT BED’ SERIES…

everything you need to know to care for your ‘dream’ bed


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To keep your dream bed in perfect condition, follow our care-factor guide:

care for your pillows:

Pillows should probably be replaced around every six months. That’s because a host of critters and debris can be found in the very pillow you lay your face on night after night after night. Dirt and oil and dead skin cells get trapped there, which might lead to acne. Dust mites also like to hang out in the crevices of your pillow which can cause very real health problems, namely unpleasant reactions in people who are allergic to the bugs.

A pillow cover, sometimes referred to as a pillow encasing, looks like a basic white pillowcase with a zipper. Though it may look like a normal pillowcase, it is specifically designed to block out dust mites and other allergens. The major differences between a pillowcase and pillow cover are that pillow covers zip up tight to completely encase your pillow and are made of a fabric that prevents allergens from passing through it. Pillow covers act as a physical barrier between the inside of your pillow and allergens.

Your pillowcase collects all kinds of ‘yuck’ that can clog the pores on your face over time, from conditioner residue left on your hair post-shower to natural scalp oils to grime and grease on your body, all of which can cause your skin to breakout! The experts recommend you change your pillowcase every three days ~ and don’t use fabric softener, that can cause breakouts too! Washing pillowcases in hot water also kills off dust mites that can cause allergies, leaving you with puffy or itchy eyes.

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care for your sheets:

If you care for your sheets they should last three to five years. For the longest wear, follow these rules…
* Wash sheets weekly.
* Avoid very hot temperatures when washing and drying as they weaken fibres.
* Use a mild detergent and avoid bleach.
* Dry on the low or medium heat setting as over-drying sheets weakens fibres and bakes off finishes.
* Keep three sets of sheets and rotate weekly.
* To keep sheets neat, store each set in a matching pillowcase.

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care for your doona:

Doona covers should be washed weekly (monthly if you use a top sheet), but you won’t have to wash the doona itself unless you spill something on it.  When it’s necessary, wash your doona following the label’s instructions. If your washing machine can’t handle a bulky comforter, take it to a Laundromat, which will have industrial-size machines. Or take it to a professional cleaner: Make sure down is wet-cleaned, or dry-cleaned using organic solutions that don’t have harsh chemicals.

Hang your doona on a clothesline on a dry, breezy day every few month and replace it when it begins to look limp and flat or starts leaking bits of filling.

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care for your mattress:

A mattress cover is the best way to protect your mattress from allergy-causing dust. A cover also prevents the mattress from absorbing perspiration, which may cause it to deteriorate more quickly. You should also regularly vacuum, rotate and turn your mattress here’s how:

Single Sided: These mattresses are designed to be used on one side only. They must be rotated from end to end only. Rotate every two weeks for the first four months then three monthly thereafter. (Refer to pic 1 below)

Double Sided: A double sided mattress should be rotated from end to end every time. Alternate times the mattress should be both rotated and turned over as per instructions below. This will even out the wear. Perform this process every two weeks for the first four months then three monthly thereafter. Don’t try to turn and rotate a mattress on your own!

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A high-quality mattress will last you over 10 years. You’ll know it’s time to replace your mattress when it gives you a stiff back; it probably has lost its cushioning, and the springs have worn down. When it does come time to replace your mattress, we highly recommend using the Comfort Selector – it doesn’t take long {and means you don’t have to spend your precious weekend, in-store, lying on different beds. It also takes out the guesswork. Genius.

{This post was done in collaboration with Sleepmaker}


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  • Emma Watson

    Ok I need to win this prize after reading this post. My poor old pillow / sheets / doona all need to be retired! Think of my poor old skin/hair!

  • I need to win this because although we’re good at looking after our sheets, everything else hardly ever gets a thought. I’d especially love a good doona because we have a tendency to buy them on the spur of the moment and they’re always cheap and, um, cheerful.

  • Kendall Muller

    I would love to win as I’ve just moved inter state to start my new life and this would mean one less thing we would have to buy.

  • Connie K.

    I need to win because it’s time for Mom to have something lovely and new.

  • Rans.

    I need to win this…. we’ve just finally bought a much needed new bed and would love to deck it out with this amazing bedding.

  • Nellie Lindecke

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  • Natalie yeoman

    i would love to win this giveaway because i have been in need of new bedding stuff for my room! that pillow looks soooo nice

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  • Oh I am desperate for a make over. I only have one pair of sheets at the moment and need to update my pillows and a mattress protector will fulfil my bed in need of a complete makeover.

  • Kate

    I am in dire need of a dream bed. I am a pre-nursing student and already sleep poorly due to stress. I would love my home to be a relaxing sanctuary. I live in a tiny studio so my bed is my main piece of furniture.

  • Rachel K

    This would transform my bedroom into an oasis of rest and sweet dreams enabling me to sleep deeply and uninterrupted, the whole night through. #bellamumma and #SleepmakerDreamWorld

  • When I first bought our current mattress it spoiled me. That was 7 years ago,so this would be incredible!

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  • Liya Derkach

    I am one of the eleven children and my mom’s favorite color for bedding was white. In fact, that was her favorite color for everything: kid’s clothes, flowers, walls, curtains, etc…. I still don’t understand how she kept everything white. Now I am in love with it myself!

  • Joan Kubes

    I really need to freshen up my bedroom and this would be perfect!

  • Tyneisha

    I want to redo my bedroom and this would be amazing!!!! #bellamumma #SleepmakerDreamWorld

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    I have two children with Autism who have sleep problems – every minute of sleep for this momma is precious!!

  • Brooke

    I would love to surprise my mum with this…her reaction would be to die for, she is one of the funniest people you will ever meet and I would love to share it with you. #bellamumma #SleepmakerDreamWorld

  • April Webber

    I would love a new sleep pack. I have moved into my very own place and I only have my very old pillows and quilt which I’m pretty sure have lost all their stuffing. Sweets Dreams #bellamumma #sleepmakerdreamworld

  • Tess

    This is my dream bedroom, fantastic bedding, luxe boho styling, plenty of places to put my books and morning cuppa, plus beautiful lighting. My bedding sure could do with an upgrade!! #bellamumma #SleepmakerDreamWorld