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How to Remove Stains from Bedding

Posted on April 28 2019

how to remove stains from bedding

Tired of waking up to find sweat stains on your pillowcases or yellow stains on your sheets? This is a common problem that most of us experience, and we feel your pain. Luckily, we also know a thing or two about luxury bedding. So here are our top tips for removing stains from your bedding, garnered from our years of experience in the industry. Our approach is to identify and attack. You’re welcome!

Step 1: Identifying Stubborn Stains

The first thing you need to do before you can treat a stain is to identify what it is.

Yellow Stains on Bedding

The natural oils that your body produces are often secreted in the form of sweat, particularly when you’re sleeping. This will leave stains that appear yellow.

If you’ve popped your sheets in the washing machine with yellow oil stains on them before you realised they were there, you might find that these stains have a light brown tinge, but the biological make up of both of these stain types are the same. Unfortunately, because these unsightly stains are oil-based they can be tricky to remove.

Brown Stains on Bedding

The enzymes in saliva will also dry brown, and this is often the cause of brown stains on pillowcases. Saliva stains can look unpleasant, but the good news is that these stains are easy to remove as they do not contain as much oil as sweat.

Blood Stains on Bedding

Finally, if you cut yourself shaving or playing sports then you may find that you have a blood stain on your sheets: these can range in colour from red to dark brown. If you do notice a blood stain then it’s important to deal with this as quickly as possible, as these will be harder to remove the longer, they are left.

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Step 2: Attack ! Super Stain Removal Tips for Luxury Bedding

Once your stains have been identified, it’s time to get them out of your luxury bedding. Here are some of the solutions you can try, using ingredients you’re likely to already have in your house:

Washing Up Liquid. We all have a bottle of washing up liquid next to our kitchen sink. Try applying some directly onto your stain and rubbing it in before you pop the sheet in the washing machine. This will help to break down the oil from a sweat based stain, and it should wash it away during the cycle, leaving you with fresh, clean sheets. 

Soak Your Sheets. To remove a dried-on stain, soak your sheets in warm water for as long as possible before you wash them. This will help to loosen up the stain and make it easier to remove without intensive scrubbing. 

White Vinegar. Dealing with a stubborn smell as well as a stubborn stain? Add a cupful of white vinegar to your wash. White vinegar will neutralise any stubborn odours, leaving your bedding looking and smelling fresher than ever. And don’t worry, the vinegar is scent-free once it’s dry, so your bedding won’t smell like a chip shop! 

Sunshine. If you’ve already washed your sheets but you can still see the stain, try hanging the bedding outside to dry. Sunlight has bleaching properties, and drying stained items in the sunshine often helps to lift and lighten the stain. 

Wash Your Bedding Regularly. Don’t give the stains enough time to set! Washing your bedding at least once a week will ensure that you are removing any stains and smells from your bedsheets before they become a permanent fixture 

Buy Natural Fibres. Bedding made from synthetic fibres tend to hold stains and smells much longer than their natural alternatives. If you’re prone to sweating as you sleep, then consider switching your bedding to those made with natural fibres instead. 

Final Note: You don’t have to choose just one of these tips. Using all them together should help to lift even the most stubborn of stains and smells.

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