How to Take Care of Wool Bedding (Simple Tips to Follow)
Now that you have premium wool bedding, you need to take proper care of it. After all, clean and well-maintained bedding is key to your health and a good night’s sleep. Neglecting it not only reduces its longevity but affects your sleep quality and energy level. Contrary to common belief, wool bedding is easy to clean and maintain.
How to Clean and Care for Wool Bedding
Your bed is where you begin and end your day. It’s also where you spend much of your life. So, why not make it clean and comfortable? Knowing the proper way to clean, dry and store your organic wool bedding is crucial to creating a safe and soothing sleep environment. Here are some simple and effective ways to take care of it.
General Care Tips
1. Allow Your Bedding to Breathe
The easiest and most important way to care for your organic bedding is by ‘unmaking’ it every morning. Pull your comforter, blankets and bedsheet down away from the mattress and mattress topper. This will allow the body moisture that is absorbed into the wool during the night to release into the air.
While you slept, your wool bedding wicked away moisture from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. This daily breathing will keep your bedding from accumulating dust and mildew, while extending its life.
2. Fold and Flip Once a Month
Once a month, fold down your wool mattress topper and allow moisture to escape from between it and the mattress. Proper ventilation will keep mould and mildew growth at bay (although organic wool is naturally mould- and mildew-resistant). Also, flip it occasionally so both sides receive equal ventilation.
3. Expose to the Sun and Air
Expose your mattress to sunlight at least once a year. Its UV rays will naturally disinfect, deodorize, bleach and refresh your bedding. Either hang it over your outdoor furniture and railings or simply lay it on a blanket in your backyard. If you find it difficult bringing your bedding outside, consider placing it near a fireplace, stove or any other source of dry heat.
For those who live in a humid climate, here are some additional measures to keep your wool bedding looking its best:
● Use a dehumidifier.
● Sun your bedding more frequently.
● Use a space heater as an alternative to the sun (when it’s cloudy or raining).
● Use a vacuum to suck out air and dust through the fibers.
● Keep an eye on the wooden slats of your frame for early signs of mildew.
Wool Mattress Care
Wool is a durable, resilient and self-filtering material that naturally resists dust, dirt, bacteria and mildew without chemicals. Although it mostly takes care of itself, there are still things you are required to do to keep it looking and performing well.
● Use a Washable Wool Protector Pad
These protector pads help prevent staining, are easy to clean, and keep the mattress surface dry, smooth and comfortable.
● Spot Clean Lightly
If a spill reaches the mattress in spite of the protector pad, absorb any remaining spillage with a towel and use a damp clean cloth to wipe up the stain.
● Do Not Dry Clean
Dry cleaning chemicals can damage the natural fibers of your organic mattress and affect its functionality. Using bleaches and toxic cleaning products won’t make your mattress any cleaner but will pose health hazards.
Wool Duvet Care
In order to keep your duvet clean and germ-free, consider using a duvet cover made from organic materials like pure cotton. To ensure proper ventilation, regularly air your duvet by hanging it over a banister or clothing rack as part of your daily bedding routine. On a bright, sunny day, hang your comforter outside to allow the sun’s UV rays to refresh and disinfect it naturally.
If you need a more thorough, deeper cleaning, machine wash your wool comforter using a special wool care detergent that’s gentle on natural fibers. However, never tumble dry it, as the heat can cause it to shrink and lose its original shape. Instead, rinse two or three times to remove all soap residue and squeeze gently to remove excess water. Always dry on low to medium heat and avoid high heat. Remember, although wool is naturally hypoallergenic, excessive dampness can cause mildew while over-drying can crisp the down/feathers.
While twin-sized duvets can be cleaned in your home washing machine, we recommend an industrial sized one for larger duvets.
Wool Pillow Care
Like any other pillow, wool pillows can accumulate dust, dirt, allergens, skin cells, sweat, and body oil. Since your pillows are in direct contact with your nose and mouth, it’s important to make sure they’re clean and germ-free. Otherwise, it may lead to respiratory issue like asthma and rhinitis.
Fortunately, taking care of wool pillows is easy. We recommend buying an adjustable fill wool pillow with a side zipper for quick removal of the wool filling as they’re easier to maintain than those without. Always choose a pillow cover made from a 100% natural fiber, as it can breathe easily and allow proper air circulation. Wool, being an active fiber, absorbs moisture from your body while you sleep. Sunning your pillows outdoors (at least once or twice a week) will release the moisture and restore their loft. Wash your pillowcases at least twice a month to avoid mould and mildew formation.
Wool Mattress Protector Care
A good wool mattress topper can prolong the life of an old mattress and make it more comfortable. But, just like your other bedding, they can get dirty or stained.
Caring for a wool mattress topper can be a little difficult, particularly due to their unique cellular structure, which is unlike any other fiber. Aside from regular sunning and airing out, you can also use a dehumidifier to avoid mould and mildew growth. Your mattress protector can be machine washed. (Front-loaders work best but are not always necessary.) Always use cold water, mild detergent, and a “delicate” or “wool” setting for washing.
In case of spillage, blot most of the liquid with a soft piece of cloth or towel. Next, gently press against the stain with a moderately damp sponge or cloth. (Never rub.) Make a thick mixture using salt and baking soda, spread it over the stained area, and leave it until the mixture dries out completely. Gently remove the powder using a soft brush and let it dry in the yard for removing any odour.
Words of Caution
● Never beat your bedding while dusting, as this breaks the natural fibers and destroys their cellular structure.
● Steam cleaners are often used for antibacterial treatments but they’re not suitable for cleaning fabrics. Since wool is naturally antibacterial, you don’t need any additional antibacterial cleaning agent for them.
● Avoid dry cleaning your wool bedding because of the harsh and toxic chemicals normally used.
Wool is one of the easiest materials to take care of – but only when you do it right. These tips should give your organic wool bedding a long life. Remember, there’s nothing better than regular care, maintenance and prevention.