How to wash bedding without compromising colour

It’s widely accepted that washing bedding regularly helps us to stay healthy.
A hot wash (60 degrees) is often recommended by cleaning experts/microbiologists to rid our sleeping environments of dust mites, dead skin cells, bacteria and other night-time nasties. But this can be bad news for colours – especially on cheaper fabrics. Where colours will fade naturally over time, hot water and frequent washing speeds up the process and can quickly result in faded, less vibrant fabrics.

Jackie McLoughlin at Appletree has this advice on washing bedding while keeping colours bright and beautiful!


Launder Once a Fortnight or Rotate

Bi-weekly washing is enough to keep pillow cases and duvet covers clean, especially in winter time. If you prefer to wash weekly, then alternate with a cold cycle every other week.  Or switch over to a spare set of bedding each week – which also gives you more options for décor and design!

Wash Low and Wash FAST

 While hot water kills germs, it also opens up fabric fibres allowing the colour to escape. We advise washing at lower temperatures where possible, 40 degrees should really be warm enough to kill germs and other nasties without fading colours. If you’re really concerned about hygiene, introduce a laundry cleanser to destroy bacteria and allow you to further reduce the temperature. Duration is another consideration, choose the shortest cycle to limit colour run.


Laundry Isn’t All Black and White

We all know to separate darks and lights but there’s a myriad of colours between the two ends of the spectrum. The ideal situation would be to wash bedding sets on their own to limit ‘dulling’ from other garments, but if that’s not workable then arrange colour washes in terms of intensity; separate pastels and brights and keep similar colours together.

Quality Over Quantity

Investing in quality bedding is the best way to ensure it stays looking new for longer – buy well and you won’t have to replace it for years.  The price often reflects the sophistication of the manufacturing process where colours will be printed to higher standards than cheaper products, meaning they can be laundered without fear of colour run. Better quality fabrics will also have a tighter weave which helps to prevent pilling – the accumulation of small bobbles of broken and tangled fibres that appear after pillow case fabric is rubbed during sleep and in the washing process.

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