We need to talk about quilt hygiene.
You sleep underneath it every night, and even if you're diligent in washing your quilt cover and sheets the recommended once a week (that's right guys, once EVERY week), it doesn't mean you can get away with neglecting to wash the quilt itself.
Our Healthy Homes survey found a huge number of you have NEVER washed your quilt, so here are a few things you should know:
- It needs to be washed twice a year. Even though your quilt cover does a good job of protecting it, its still recommended that you wash your quilt 1 - 2 times a year, ie: when you first take it out of the linen cupboard at the beginning of winter, and once before it's packed away again. Check the instructions on the label before washing as not all quilts can go into the machine.
- It needs a chance to breathe. If it's washing day, why not hang your quilt outside in the sunshine for a few hours? This will stop the accumulation of dust mites and keep it smelling fresh and airy.
- It can be spot cleaned. For most quilts, you will be able to spot clean stains with mild soap and water.
- It likes a good shake. Stop the filling from pooling in one spot by shaking and rotating the quilt when you change your sheets.
- It doesn't mind being vacuumed. Running the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner over your quilt will re-fluff the filling and is another way to freshen up your quilt. Wrap a stocking around the nozzle so the suction isn't too strong.
A good quality quilt is an investment, so look after it properly and it will last a lot longer and be healthier for you too!