Considering that we use our beds and pillows every day, very few of us think about properly protecting them. But between the inevitable accidents, allergies, and concerns over dust mites and bed bugs, it’s a good idea to be proactive. Here are a few simple solutions to keeping your bedrooms clean.
- Keep your bedroom cool and dry.
- Eliminate clutter.
- Choose a hypoallergenic mattress.
- Use mattress, pillow, duvet, and featherbed protectors (more on that below). They offer protection against spills and accidents, and reduce the amount of sweat, dirt, hair, and body cells that make it onto your bed. If bugs are a concern, wrap your mattress, box spring, and pillows in allergen-blocking bed coverings.
- Air out your bed for 10-15 minutes before making it each morning. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it on to circulate air.
- Wash your linens once a week, using your regular detergent or Linen Wash. Wash your pillows and duvets with Down Wash as needed.
- Vacuum regularly. Vacuums with double-layered micro-filter bags or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are best for containing dust.
- Keep your windows closed, or install screens in all your windows.
- Keep food and drinks away from your bed.
- Have your pets sleep on a separate bed. Even the best behaved pets walk outside, drool, shed hair, and have the occasional accident.
Late last year, we traveled to Marrakech, and it was a revelation. Behind dusty doors, we got to peek inside lavishly planted courtyards full of bright pink bougainvillea, olive groves, and lemon trees. Imagine waking up to this after hours and hours of flying:
There’s an old Scandinavian tradition that when a woman got married, her parents would give the couple a new down duvet and pillows made by her mother, with a coin sewn into the duvet for good luck. At St. Gèneve, this charming tradition continues. All St. Gèneve down duvets have a coin sewn in, with the same spirit of good wishes.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DUVET
Higher quality duvets are more versatile: they will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than lower quality duvets. This is because higher quality down is better at insulation, lightness, and breathability than lower quality down. The table below illustrates how this works.