The bed is a symbol of peace, rest, and sexy time. But bedsheets are often associated with hygiene. Find out more about bedsheets in Malaysia and how to maintain them with our simple guide below.
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Many people perceive bed sheets as just a piece of cloth that is placed atop their mattresses. However, there is much more to bed sheets than we know.
When we sleep, the internal organs in our body carry out their functions as normal. This includes processes such as respiration and perspiration to continually remove toxins from the body. These processes cause the body to release bodily fluids such as sweat. We may occasionally dribble saliva while we sleep or (knowing us Malaysians) accidentally spill our drink if we are messy like that.
Without a bed sheet to cover the surface of the mattress, these emissions will leave a nasty stain on the mattress. You then need to go through the hassle of cleaning your mattress, which is by no means an easy task. It will be much easier to simply remove the bed sheet and fling it into the washing machine.
Here’s a simple guide to choosing and caring for your bedsheets.
Higher Thread Count Does Not Equate to Higher Quality
When shopping for bed sheets in the market, you will come across a term called “thread count”. There is a common misunderstanding that the higher the thread count a bedsheet possesses, the higher quality it is. Many experts say that if the fabric has a high thread count – above 400 – then there is a high probability that the bedsheets have synthetic finishes; once these finishes dissipate, the sheets will be unrecognizable.
Keeping this in mind will ensure you do not get duped into buying simply any expensive mattress.
New Sheets Should Be Washed Before Use
Now we move on to the care and maintenance of your bedsheets. According to experts, new sheets should be washed (if possible, more than once) before fitting them on your bed. This is because when the sheets are packaged, there may be irritants that get attached to them. These irritants subsequently cause itching in the eyes, nose, and skin and could lead to other larger issues.
In our everyday routines, we need to look after our personal hygiene so that we do not contract any diseases. We should not neglect our hygiene while sleeping as well. Our mattress is used frequently but seldom replaced, so it has a high risk of being contaminated with bed bugs and dust mites.
Invisible to the eye, these critters can cause skin irritations and allergies. Thankfully, bed sheets ensure that our skin does not have direct contact with the mattress itself, providing a layer of protection. Since bed sheets are much easier to change compared to the mattress itself, your hygiene can be maintained if proper measures are taken.
Wash Your Bedsheets Every Seven to Ten Days
After a tiring day, nothing beats climbing into a clean set of sheets to rest your body on. In order to ensure that your hygiene is maintained, bed sheets should be washed every seven to ten days. However, if you are one who sweats a lot or if you tend to not shower before sleeping, then you probably should change the bed sheets even more frequently.
Now that you know more about bed sheets and how to properly care for your bedding, you may want to accessorize your bedroom decor to match them. Get a large mattress or other bedroom furniture to create a romantic, zen atmosphere of sleep.
Before spreading out your bedsheet, one step to not miss is to lay out a mattress pad. Also called a mattress topper or underpad, this layer of padding is used above the mattress and beneath a bottom sheet to add comfort. Some mattress pads even come with dust mite and allergen protection, so you can have peace of mind while sleeping.
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Cover your mattress
Protect the mattress from grimes, dust and other exposures
Spread on top of a mattress
Spread over the bedsheets
Laid out when your bed is in use
Laid out when your bed is not in use
Made of comparatively thin fabric like cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sateen and so on
Typically a kind of quilt or blanket and thicker fabric