Do you find yourself feeling too hot at night during the summer? It is common to lose sleep during hot summer nights and finding a solution to cool down is sometimes not easy. If the luxury of air conditioning is not something you have, then you'll need to find other solutions to beat the heat and you can achieve this through your bedding choices!
Check out our list of top tips for keeping your bedroom cooler this summer!
Easily create a cooler bedroom with these great ideas:
- Take a chilled ice pack/wheat bag to bed (like you would take a hottie to bed in the winter, but put it in the freezer not the microwave).
- Leave your bedroom windows open in the evening to let cool air circulate.
- Swap bulky duvets for cooler cotton blankets.
- Drink chilled water before going to bed to lower your body temperature.
- Keep your curtains/blinds drawn during the day.
- Use a fan to circulate air.
- Avoid synthetic sheets (polyester) and opt instead for natural fibers like cotton.
- Try using sheets designed to keep you cool!
- For latex mattresses, try using a silk mattress topper to help regulate body temperature
Reasons staying cool improves your sleep...
Making your bed, it's a daily (mostly) ritual that leaves you feeling like you've achieved something right from the onset! Effectively it's an easy task: pull up the sheets, fluff the pillows, straighten the duvet, blah, blah, blah.
But once you've mastered the basics it's time to head into the big kids' league. I'm talking about the luxury land of feather-filled euro-pillows, the thrill of high thread counts and the dilemma of choosing throw cushions! How many pillows are too many pillows? Can you even have too many pillows? The answer is "NO" (in case you were wondering)!
On our last blog post we wrote about how often you should change your sheets, on this post we will examine how often you should be changing your towels.
I guess the first question is, do you shower once or twice a day? If the answer is twice a day, your towel is going to be hanging wet for most of its life, especially in Winter and Autumn! Because odour causing bacteria will be thriving in your bath towel, you really need to be washing your towels at least every two days (or 3-4 uses)!
Now, if you shower once a day, your towel does have a few hours in between washing to get dry in anticipation of your next wash & dry, in this instance you will want to be washing your towels every 3-4 days. From personal experience, if you are leaving them in use for 7 days or longer they do start to get a bit wiffy! You can also get this unpleasant odour if the towels aren't totally dry once you wash and go to use them again, you are essentially just sandwiching bacteria on top of bacteria!
A clever idea, so it doesn't seem such a bore and like you will be spending half your life in the laundry - is to have two towels going at once (maybe in different colours so you can tell which is which)!
Also when you wash your towels, hang them on the line for a few hours, and once they are almost dry, pop them into the dryer for an hour and leave them there overnight to let them completely dry out.
If you are worried about washing/drying times, you could try using a Microfibre Sports Towel, or a Dock Bay Active Towel. Microfibre is super absorbent and will dry much faster than a traditional cotton towel. It does feel quite different however.
Another great fast-drying and lightweight option is the Sheridan Quick Dry Towel range, this range is made from cotton, spun with an air-twist technology, so it looks like a towel, feels like a towel, but a really fluffy one and is super quick to dry! It is great for people in apartments and also people that don't like lifting heavy towels out of the washing machine!
Remember your Hand Towels and Bath Mats won't need changing as much as your bath towels, but you should change your face cloth on a regular basis like your bath towels!
There has been alot in the media recently about how often you should change your bed sheets.
Admit it, there is nothing better than slipping into bed between crisp, clean sheets! So how often should you change them?
Personally I believe you should wash and change your bed sheets once a week, and where you can, line dry them - this will make them nice and crispy for the first few nights sleep! I think after a week sheets really start to smell and get dirty! Humans sweat an average of one litre of fluid a night! That's pretty gross - you wouldn't stay in your t-shirt for two weeks- so don't do it to your sheets!
I recently did an experiment on my own sheets (more out of shear laziness than anything). I'm usually a fastiduis person and change the sheets every Saturday, but this particular Saturday I had been out all day and when I got home I just couldn't be bothered, the same thing happened Sunday too, then I just decided to leave them until the next week. I slept really badly all week, the sheets felt dirty, and the bed didn't feel "made properly". Upon removing the sheets the next week the mattress protector had sweat stains, the pillow protectors weren't nice either and that proved it! To keep your sheets and other bedding layers in the best condition, and give you a decent night's sleep, you MUST wash/change them once a week (including pillow protectors).
It made for a massive task that weekend to wash and dry a mattress protector as well as a set of Super King sheets (typical Auckland weather - it was raining)!
I think for mattress protectors, these can be done once every two or so months, as long as you are washing your sheets once a week, I mean let's face it, they are big (if you have a Super King bed) and take ages to wash & dry!
There are articles to back up my claims above, for example the NZ Herald published an article from the Daily Mail, citing fabric expert Mary Marloew Leverette, who says an unclean bed can be detrimental to our health, in an unclean bed you can find saliva, urine, genital fluids and fecal matter in the fibres! She said: "if sheets are not washed regularly, and the occupant has scratches or wounds, they can become infected. Athlete's foot and other fungi can be transferred from fabrics".
She also pointed out not cleaning your sheets regularly, can mean all the gross things above can seep into the other parts of your bedding, like pillows and mattress protectors. She agreed with my theory of once a week washing!
The worst part of that article, from a study done in 2014, found that one in 10 people only wash their sheets once a month!!!
Here's a link to the article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.c...
If you find you are waking up with watery eyes, the sneezes or are having trouble sleeping, and you don't change your sheets once a week - now might be a good time to change your routine, and start washing your sheets on a more regular basis! Unclean sheets and bedding are a perfect environment for dustmites to live in, and regular washing will help kill & keep the critters and your allergies at bay. Also give Drylife branded product a shot as the Mattress Protector, Pillows and Duvet inners are machine washable and tumble dryable and have been accepted by Asthma New Zealand into their "Breathe Easy" programme.
The queenb linen experts have spoken - change your sheets once a week!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.