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As the temperatures climb, just as you swap out your warmer clothes for a breezy summer wardrobe, you should give your bedding a warm-weather refresh. Some changes might be obvious, like switching out a heavy duvet for lighter bedding, but some items, like when and how to wash your bedding, or when to rotate your mattress, aren’t as well known. Here, four tips to building the summer bed of your (sweet) dreams.
Swap out your Duvet
The first thing I do is change out my comforter from down to something lighter weight, You can do this around Easter and keep it until it gets cooler, usually October. If you like the feel of down but want something lighter, look for a fill power of 500 or below. If you tend to be a warm sleeper, forgo the comforter altogether during the warmer months and instead use a light coverlet in a breathable material over your top sheet. If you do decide to lose the comforter, either keep it folded at the foot of your bed or carefully store it away in a breathable cotton storage bag or wrapped in a cotton sheet—plastic or non-breathable bags can cause mildew to form in the feathers.
Stick to natural fibers
Light, natural materials like cotton and linen are your best friend as temperatures rise: Store the flannel sheets for next season, and definitely steer clear of any synthetic blends—they don’t breathe as well. While percale and sateen are both cotton (read: breathable) weaves, percale tends to have a cooler, crisper feel ideal for people who easily overheat.
Wash your linens more frequently
As temperatures rise, it’s a good idea to wash your linens a bit more frequently than you might during the fall and winter. Weekly is a good rule of thumb for sheets and for pillowcases; consider keeping a second set handy to swap in midweek. To wash, use warm water (not hot—it can shrink fibers), tumble dry, and remove everything just before it’s totally dry and then lay it out on the bed—air-drying your linens this way will help prevent wrinkles.
Give everything a once-over
The change of season is the perfect excuse to give your entire bed a once-over. Pillows should be washed twice a year, and if they have lost their loft, consider replacing them entirely. Always use pillow protectors to extend their life and wash them at least every couple of weeks. If you use a top sheet, your comforter cover should be washed monthly. Most mattresses should be rotated twice a year, and it’s a good rule of thumb to toss the bed skirt in the wash at the same time.
Get your Snug bed ready everyone!