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

Nikki Yazxhi

how to care for your bed


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!


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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