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 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.
About The Author
The Daily Dozers The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our thousands of neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.