Is Your Doona Hygienic?
Most of us are in the habit of habitually washing our clothes after each use or our sheets weekly. Our doonas or duvet covers, however, tend to get the short end of the stick. According to research conducted by Laundrapp, an overwhelming 97% of Brits sleep with a duvet.
Disturbingly, however, only 20% of Brits who sleep with a duvet cover have ever washed it. The importance of keeping your bedding clean cannot be overstated. Dirt, oil, sweat, and dead skin cells can accumulate in your bedding to attract dust mites and other things you don’t want in your bed.
Okay, so you know why we should be washing our doonas, pillows, and sheets, but how often should you be doing it? At a minimum, you should be washing your doona at least two times a year.
If you have allergies to dust mites, however, we recommend washing your duvet every 2-3 months. If we haven’t sufficiently gotten the point across about how crucial regular washing of your duvet is, a duvet that hasn’t been washed for just one year can contain up to 20,000 dust mites.
Washing At Home Vs Dry Cleaning
If you’re wondering if your doona can be put in the washing machine the answer is that it depends. Read the care label on your doona for washing instructions. If it says it’s washer and dryer safe, then you can clean it at home but most people’s duvet is too big for their washer or dryer.
It also depends on the material your duvet is made from. Synthetic materials need less meticulous care but if your duvet is made from silk, wool, or feather, then it’s best to take it to the dry cleaners, where it will be handled with special care, appropriate detergents, and properly dried. If you have a king-size duvet, you’ll have difficulty drying it at home, as duvets of this size could take as long as a week to dry.
Top Sheets & Duvet Covers
It’s a good idea to invest in a top sheet to protect your duvet from stains, food particles, and bed bugs. This also protects it from everyday dirt particles and dust mites. Duvets are also typically inserted into a duvet cover. The cover you should wash weekly.
However, if you use a top sheet, it can be washed about every 2-4 weeks. When it comes to washing pillows, this should be done every other month unless you use pillow protectors, in which case you can stretch out washings to 3 times a year.
Benefits of Doona Dry Cleaning
While you may be able to get away with washing your doona at home depending on the care instructions and materials, there’s just no substitute for a professional cleaning with high-quality detergents and thorough care.
- No shrinking of your doona
- Preserve colours
- Remove lumps
- Thorough removal of dust miles, bodily fluids, and hair
- Thorough & efficient drying
- Clean large doonas without damaging your washing machine
At My Butler Service, we exclusively use environmentally conscious detergents that are suitable for sensitive skin. We ensure you that we only use detergents that are completely safe for both you and the environment.
In place of a commonly used chemical by most dry cleaners known as Perchlorethylene (Perc), which is considered toxic and causes many negative side effects, we have oped to use hydrocarbon solvents that pose no health risks.
Best of all, we return your bedding within 48 hours. Contact us at My Butler Service today to book a professional cleaning for your pillows, sheets, and doonas by calling 1300 288 537.