How Often Should You Wash Your Comforter?
- Comforters do not need to be washed as frequently as bed sheets because they are rarely in direct contact with your body. However, they are still susceptible to allergens, dust mites, dirt and pet hair and will need to be washed at least once per month.
- Wash your comforter more often than once a month if it becomes dirty due to exposure to illness, contact with various bodily fluids, or if it is visibly coated with pet hair.
If you have allergies or asthma, you may need to wash your comforter much more frequently because of the heavy buildup of dust mites, pet hair and pet dander a comforter can accumulate. According to the University of Wisconsin, people with these types of respiratory issues should wash their comforters once per week in water above 130 degrees to kill dust mites.
Reason for Washing New Bedding
Purchasing new bedding is exciting because it can transform the look of your bedroom, but consider washing the bedding before you place it on the bed. Washing new bedding improves its fit, cleanliness and feel.
- Most store policies allow you to purchase bedding and return it as long as it is in the original package. Even though your bedding is new to you, it may have been opened in someone else’s home and picked up some germs along the way.
- Exposure to pet dander, dust or smoke causes allergic reactions in many people, and you can’t guarantee your sheets haven’t picked up some of these things on their journey to you.
- High thread count and printed bedding often feels rough when it is new. Washing it a few times results in a softer texture.
- Cotton bedding shrinks the first time you wash and dry it, which helps it fit your bed more correctly. An overly large fitted sheet often wrinkles and does not sit smoothly on the mattress.