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Tips for Storing Your Winter Bedding!

By Krystle Barnes 3 days ago 8 Views No comments

The warmer months are finally almost here (thank goodness, we have been missing the sunshine). This weekend is finally set to be a sunny one, and I am planning to REMOVE the Winter bedding from the bed, wash it, and put it away until May next year.

You should be doing the same - remove your Flannel sheets (as long as you don’t live on Stewart Island – where we have a lovely customer who uses her flannel sheets all year round). Put away your Winter Duvet Inners, Mattress Toppers, and anything you use for heat that is likely to make you sweat and get a terrible night’s sleep in the up & coming hot months!

The question is, where do you put all this bedding, and how do you store it? The answer is pretty simple: You MUST wash the sheets and any bedding items that are machine washable and make sure they get fully dry before storing them away – otherwise, come next year – you will get a nasty, moudly surprise when you get your Winter bedding out! Why not invest in a bottle of Lavender Linen Water too – this will keep the bedding fresh smelling and will also help deter any moths that might be hovering around!

When you wash your Sheets, Mattress Toppers, Duvet Inners etc, use a nice, mild detergent with no softeners or bleaching agents. It is always good to do a line dry on a sunny day if possible, and if you have to put the bedding in the dryer, do it on a low heat and then let the bedding sit out for an hour or so, so that the fabric has time to breathe.Once that is all done, fold everything up as small as you can get it (this will help fit it all in when you go to store it, and it will take up the least amount of space)!

The best place to keep your linen is your linen closet (hopefully you have one). Mine has the hot water cylinder in it, so it keeps the bedding dry and fresh. If you don’t have a dedicated linen closet, you could store the bedding in an end-of-bed box, in your wardrobe (if you have space, or maybe even a spare wardrobe), in a cabinet, in suitcases(?) or even under the bed. Make sure you store everything in a dark place, not in direct sunlight or you run the risk of your bedding becoming discoloured over the coming months. If you can find a nice smelling, moth deterrent – do use it - you don’t want to lose expensive bedding to those little critters! Don’t use the chemical balls as this could also cause discoloration to your bedding.

Hopefully you have kept the packaging or bag your original bedding came in? I find this great for storing things like bulky duvets or blankets. If you threw these out another great option is the vacuum bags you get from shops like The Warehouse, you put the end of the vacuum on them and suck out any air - so you vacuum pack it for next year, which doesn’t hurt the product at all – you can also use these great bags to vacuum pack pillows etc, so they will fit under the bed (as we all know how many of these we can end up with)!

Now if you have more than one bed in the house, and you are storing Winter bedding for more than one bed, it might be a good idea to separate the bedding into piles – as come next year you might forget who belonged to what bedding, and what pillowcases go with each set. If you have white sheets you are storing for example that are different sizes, get a fabric marker and put a small mark with different coloured pens on the different sizes to help you remember what goes with what come next year (or even Q, K, SK etc)!! Easy!

Happy washing & storing this weekend! Bring on Summer!

Why Drylife Products are SO GOOD!

By Krystle Barnes 17 days ago 17 Views No comments

Drylife® is a top quality brand with lots of great products under it with real health benefits, the product range is fantastic for Asthma and allergy sufferers as the uniqueness of Drylife® is that all product carrying that brand name is fully machine washable and tumble dryable. Most bedding can't withstand constant laundering - but Drylife® branded product can! Lots of this product is also used throughout the accommodation industry - chances are you have slept on a Drylife® Pillow and don't even know it!

Drylife® Retail Pillows, Mattress Toppers and Duvet Inners contain Tencel. Tencel is a product made in Austria from the pulp of the Eucalyptus tree from sustainable forests. There are great benefits of using Tencel in bedding. Tencel naturally wicks away moisture from the body, resulting in a dry night's sleep. Did you know humans sweat out up to 1 litre of sweat per night- yuck! Under this range there are also Baby Cot Toppers and Baby Cot Inners, these not only have Tencel inside them, but the outer fabric of these is also the silky, soft Tencel fabric - just beautiful for baby!

If you sweat excessively or get hot at night, bedding that contains Tencel would be a great investment for you. Waking up too hot, or too cold is often because of moisture uild up. Tencel is also really good at regulating your temperature (the Eucalyptus tree has to survive in the Australian outback) so the properties of this are carried through the pulping process and into the end product you purchase! 40% of body heat is lost into your mattress overnight using normal bedding, resulting in a less than ideal sleep!

Other products under the Drylife® brand that don't contain Tencel, but have 100% cotton outers and are fully machine washable and tumble dryable are the Drylife® Commercial Plush Pillow and the Drylife® Commercial Euro Pillow. These are new to the range and are simply beautiful, super comfortable pillows, at a really great price.

If you are looking after an elderly or disabled person at home, there is a range of Drylife® Hospital product available on queenb, including hospital pillows (fully waterproof), and hospital sheets (also waterproof). If you have young children or care for the elderly at home, or just want to protect your mattress, there are Drylife® Waterproof Mattress Protectors, which have a cotton terry top and PUC laminate, not PVC (plastic and crunchy) backing to reduce noise and make it more comfy for the person sleeping on them. There are also Bed Pads under this range, which have a Eucalyptus layer in them, meaning they absorb 2.5 litres of liquid over an 8 hour period. Most products on the market only absorb 2 litres! These come with or without tuck in flaps and are 1m x 1m square, making them suitable for all bed sizes.

All DryLife® bedware products have been independently assessed by Asthma New Zealand and have been accepted into their "Breathe Easy" Programme - Helping New Zealanders living with asthma.

Invest in a Drylife® product - you will not be disappointed! Shop the range now!

How to keep Towels feeling soft & fluffy for longer!

By Krystle Barnes 26 days ago 103 Views No comments

Quick Dry Luxury Towel Co-ordinates by Sheridan

OK, OK so you have bought some new towels and you are wondering how to care for them.....

Follow these great tips below, they will prolong the life of your towels, the colour won't fade, they will dry you better and it will be a pleasure to hop out of the shower and into your towel's loving arms!

  • Most towels are woven not knitted, so if you see a pulled thread, simply snip the thread off with a pair of sharp scissors. The towel will not unravel or ‘run’, as long as you don’t pull the thread.
  • When washing white towels for the first time soak them overnight if possible or for a few hours at the very least. Do the first wash at a high temperature followed by a cold rinse. This process will lock the fabric loops together. Coloured towels should already have been subjected to a first wash process and do not require a first high temperature wash.
  • Use a generous amount of detergent in the first wash to remove the dressing from the fabric. If you are washing coloured towels make sure the detergent does not contain optical brightening agents (OBA’s) which are great for keeping white towels white but will fade colours.
  • Don’t be tempted to use fabric softeners or conditioners. These will eventually saturate the towel with conditioners and the absorbency will be reduced.
  • Be sure to rinse your towels well to remove all suspended soils, soaps, detergents and alkali which will reduce the life of the product. Don’t be tempted to over-fill your machine as this will reduce the efficiency of the wash and can result in excessive linting.
  • Tumble drying will result in nice soft “fluffy” towels. Be sure not to over-dry as this will result in a harsh, dry feel, and excessive wear on the edges of the towels. If you prefer to line dry, take the towels off the line before they are completely dry and finish them off for 5-10 minutes in the dryer to make them soft and fluffy. Towels that are left to over-dry on the line will be hard and crunchy.

So, follow all the tips above that the friendly queenb staff have compiled for you, and your towels will be hugging you in their gentle, fluffy embrace for years to come!

If you haven't yet taken the plunge into buying new towels, but are more confident after reading the above advice, remember queenb sell a vast range of bath towels that can be viewed under the "Towels" section of the website - here you will find a fantastic range of Towels from all your favourite brands- Sheridan Towels, Christy Supreme Hygro Towels, Orla Kiely Towels and loads more! Remember queenb supply top hotels and motels- so here you will also find Commercial towels available to the general public!

The Latest Trends in Spring/Summer 16 Duvet Covers!

By Krystle Barnes 1 month ago 38 Views No comments

Wistera Duvet Cover by bluebellgrayRoma Pontoon Duvet Cover Set by Ltd.

Spring has Sprung - it is always an exciting time at the queenb offices and showroom!

The trends we are seeing for Spring/Summer 2016 are tropical palms, bold geometrics and "painterly" (watercolour) looks. Inspiration is drawn from all corners of the globe - Morocco, The Bahamas and Mexico, there is a theme in there for everyone, so that you can create your ultimate sleep sanctuary!

Duvet Covers are a bit like clothes, they change with the seasons and we get new designs from all the best brands like Sheridan, Logan & Mason, Private Collection, davinci, Baksana, bluebellgray, Florence Broadhurst, Wedgwood and more, every 6 months!

Lorne Green Duvet Cover Set by Platinum CollectionJuliette Rose Duvet Cover Set by Logan & Mason

If you want to bring gorgeous watercolours into your bedroom - and make your bed a living piece of art, look at Juliette Rose by Logan & Mason, Wisteria by bluebellgray and Roma Pontoon by Ltd. Logan and Mason.as there are such beautiful new Duvet Cover designs coming through daily!

If you look at Lorne Green Duvet Cover by Platinum Collection you will get a real taste of the tropical palms theme, bold geometrics are clearly seen in designs such as Fender by Nu Edition, Rio Gold by Logan & Mason, Neo Teal by Logan & Mason and Aires Duvet Cover Set by Alex Perry.

All the new designs should give you some serious inspiration to do up your bedroom, and change its look for Spring/Summer 2016.

Fitted vs Throwover Bedspreads and the benefits of each!

By Krystle Barnes 2 months ago 88 Views No comments

People buy bedspreads instead of Duvet Covers for several reasons - the main ones being:Savona Chantel White Bedspread

1) They want a boxed, fitted bedspread to make their bedrooms look "tidy"
2) They want something quick and easy to throw over the bed in the morning to speed up their morning routine
3) They want something that goes to the floor and covers up the base of the bed

In bedspreads there are two main varieties: Fitted and Throwover:

Mattress Toppers make your bed more comfy!

By Krystle Barnes 2 months ago 80 Views No comments

Goldilocks loved a comfy, soft bed and you spend (hopefully) over 8 hours a night in slumberland - you want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world each morning - and what better way to do it than to “tart” up your old, hard, un-comfy mattress, than with a beautiful feather and down or polyester filled mattress topper! Unless your current mattress has serious issues, you can probably get a few more years out of what you already own, just by adding an extra layer of comfort with a mattress topper!

Toppers are completely separate to the mattress, with elastic straps or an elasticated skirt that will allow you to remove it to air, clean or “fluff” it up.

Choosing the right robe

By Krystle Barnes 2 months ago 90 Views No comments

It's not always easy to choose the perfect robe! First you need to decide what material you want for your robe - do you want a nice, fluffy and light 100% polyester robe, do you want a light-weight waffle or 100% cotton robe, or maybe you want a heavy cotton terry toweling robe?

The word "velour" often throws people when relating to cotton bath robes. Lots of our Diamonds Commercial and Baksana robes have a velour shell (like a nice fluffy beach towel), and toweling interior- but they are still 100% cotton, this is simply because the Cotton is treated in a different fashion on each side, that way you get the best of both worlds- a nice fluffy outer, and toweling on the inside - so you can chuck it on after a shower or spa if you want to!

Choosing the right Pillow for a Perfect Night's Sleep

By Krystle Barnes 3 months ago 177 Views No comments

Choosing the right pillow is a very personal decision – what is perfect for one person may not suit the next. As well as having a supportive and comfortable bed, it is really important to have the right pillow, one suited to your size and sleeping style and which fully supports your head, neck and shoulders throughout the night. So what should you look out for when choosing a pillow for yourself?

Marble Duvets are the IN thing!

By Krystle Barnes 4 months ago 187 Views No comments

At queenb we often get asked "what is the latest trend in Duvets?". Well the hottest thing on the market for Duvet Covers right now is....... MARBLE!

Who would have thought you could add a gorgeous, natural, stone-like quality to your bed (just like your tiles or benchtop)! Totally unisex, your husband or partner can't complain the bedding you chose looks a bit "girly".

Marble Duvets aren't cheap but damn, they are amazing quality and are made where else- but Italy!!! Buy these online from queenb in Gold or White- no-one ever regretted buying quality!

The Egyptian Cotton Myth Busted! Why there are Cheap & Expensive Sheet Sets on the NZ market!

By queenb 5 months ago 239 Views No comments

Egyptian Cotton is often a term used to describe good quality sheets. Unfortunately you have to be careful as a very cheap “Egyptian Cotton” sheet set is more than likely too good to be true! Here's what we have to tell you...

Did you know, we don’t have any regulations in New Zealand, so a bud gown in China, Pakistan or similar means the origin of Cotton can still be described as “Egyptian Cotton” even though it will not receive the same nutrients or perfect growing climate genuine Egyptian Cotton, grown on the banks of the Nile and picked by hand (not machine picked like crops in China or Pakistan) are. The result of this could be a cheaper sheet set, but because of the machine picking process, the sheets will break down & pill (bobble) over a shorter period of time....