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When to Replace Bedding Accessories

We've all got items that we hold onto for a little bit too long. Whether it's that antique table from grandma that has been with you since your first apartment in college or a handmade quilt you've curled up in since you were five years old: holding onto keepsakes can be a wonderful trait, except when it comes to your  bedding accessories.

Here is our expert advice on how often your favorite bedding accessories  need to be replaced, in order to keep you snoozing soundly.

When to Replace Bedding Accessories


Bed pillows are often overlooked when it's time for replacing bedding and bedding accessories. However, like all other bed linens, pillows wear with use, losing their firmness and ability to adequately support your neck and spine. A large number of painful aches and pains related to sleep can be resolved with adequate head and neck support from a properly contoured pillow.  Pillows should be replaced every two to three years or when you start to feel loss of support when you lay down. And while you can often find pillows on sale, don't just rely on cheap standard pillows. Your comfort and sleep rely on having good support, so don't be afraid to explore your options and upgrade to a pillow for neck pain or a pillow for side sleepers when you have the chance.

Mattress Protectors

Mattress protectors serve dual purposes; they help to  prevent stains on your mattress from unwanted substances or liquids, and also help reduce the number of allergens and dust mites that can embed themselves in your mattress over time. Holes and worn spots in your protector are obvious signs it's time to make a change. Tattered areas on the material mean less protection, and it's only a matter of time before those spots become real holes.

Sheets and Bedding

After years of use, you may be thinking that you are just now breaking in your favorite  set of bed sheets. Keep in mind stains, fraying hems and color fading are all signs it's time for replacement sheets. When exactly you begin to see these symptoms depends on two factors: how often your wash/dry your sheets, and the quality of sheets you are using based on material and thread count.

Cheaper materials coupled with a low thread count are likely to wear out quickly resulting in fewer uses of your favorite set of sheets. Quality is key here, and working with a representative to find the best sheets for you will help you get the most out of your bedding. And while it may not seem intuitive, Mattress Firm is a great place to purchase bed linens. You can find many different high-quality bedding sets for the best value when you shop at Mattress Firm.

Duvet Covers and Comforters

Most of us don't wash our  duvets or comforters very often. In fact, bedspreads should be washed every few months, and at a minimum of twice a year. Duvets age from sweat and skin cells just like the rest of your bedding and should be  replaced every five years. If you want a little more mileage out of that bedspread, use a duvet cover and keep to a schedule on when you throw them in the wash.

Be on the lookout for wear and tear, and know that any items with holes should be replaced immediately. Come to a  Mattress Firm location near you to see the selection of durable, long-lasting pillows, sheets and more.

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