Spring Cleaning Tips

Expert ideas to keep homes tidy, linens white and towels fluffy

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Jane Robson, founder of The Fine Cotton Company and all-round expert in everything relating to home linens, offers top tips on how to clean bedding and towels to keep whites white and towels super fluffy – plus she has great laundry bags for making washing a pleasure not a chore.

Keep Whites White

Wash regularly at 60 degrees to limit the build-up of dirt and detergent that will dull whites over time. Be exact when measuring laundry cleaner, too much will cause a build-up of product and too little won’t clean the clothes thoroughly. A biological detergent should also help to banish the yellow or grey tinge and make whites brilliant again.

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To bring a new lease of life to whites that have lost their sparkle try including half a cup of white wine vinegar in with the wash.  It’s a wonderful cleaning agent as the high acidity levels are naturally anti-bacterial, this neutralises odours and dissolves residual product.

For crisp white bed linen, our Biarritz 320TC Cotton Percale Bed Linen Collection is a sophisticated choice. at www.thefinecottoncompany.com

Ensure Towels Stay Soft and Fluffy

A damp, used towel is full of dead skin cells and micro-organisms, so when left to dry in a moist, warm bathroom environment this makes a lovely home for bacteria to breed in.

As people tend to have different personal hygiene habits, rather than talking in weekly or daily terms, it’s generally it’s accepted that towels should be washed after they’ve been used three times – that’s providing they can be dried thoroughly in between washes.

Any odour at all indicates the presence of microbes so that’s also a very good sign that towels could do with a spruce.

Wash at a minimum of 60 degrees to kill bacteria and go easy on the detergent and softener – far from making towels soft and fluffy, it’s a build-up of these products that can make towels start to feel matted, stiff and scratchy.

Replacing softener with vinegar or baking soda will strip away odours and can help to restore the soft and fluffy feel of your towels, along with increasing their absorbency.

It also pays not to overload the washing machine and tumble drier as allowing space for air to circulate will ensure the fabric fibres don’t become squashed and matted.  That said, too much tumble drying can also take its toll, so it’s perhaps best to try and alternate between air drying and tumble drying.”

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Como Organic Cotton Towels

Investing in a quality products will ensure towels stay softer for longer. A collection of thick and super absorbent white towels such as these Como Organic Cotton Towels from The Fine Cotton Company are manufactured from fully combed 700 gram organic cotton will feel as good as new wash after wash.

Weekly Washing For Bed Sheets

Bed sheets should be washed on a weekly basis at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius in order to destroy micro-organisms and other nasties that may be living in our linens.  Fresh air and sunlight is also a very effective way of killing germs, although it’s not always possible given the UK’s unpredictable weather, so running a hot iron over sheets and pillow cases will ensure any leftover bacteria is destroyed.

Good quality natural materials won’t fade or wear with washing so they can be laundered weekly at high temperatures and it won’t stop them from looking their best. All of our bedding is washable at 60 degrees – the temperature that kills dust mites and bacteria.

And finally, make washing a pleasure not a chore

Personalised laundry bags will help all members of the family take charge of their laundry and hopefully limit the need to search under beds for stray socks and shirts.

Any of our laundry and shoe bags can be customised with up to 10 letters for a name or perhaps the uber-organised among us could label them with ‘darks’, ‘whites’ and ‘colours’ so the laundry is sorted before it gets to the washer.

These adorable owl storage hampers can be personalised to encourage little ones to tidy up after themselves.

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Get Your Bed Ready For Spring

Spring is on its way with the days seeming a little longer and brighter. Easter is just around the corner and is usually the biggest DIY weekend of the year so why not get ready to clear out, brighten up and get an amazing nights sleep.

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Open your windows wide and let the spring air flow through your home sweeping out the winter. It’s so true that most people feel the need to do a thorough ‘Spring Clean’ to get rid of the stale air and dust and put the dark winter nights behind them.

Preparing your bedroom for Spring is all about clearing out the old, cleaning any dust away and then it’s time to introduce into your bedroom beautiful, soft 100% organic cotton bed linen, a lighter weight duvet and new pillows for that refreshed spring feeling.

A great place to start getting the bed updated is at the base and work up to the top of the bed.

  1. Take off your sheets, mattress protectors and valance and if possible vacuum the mattress, divan base and under the bed. Wash any bed linen at 60°C to kill any dust mites. If you’re looking at replacing your valance, the Tuck Top Valance makes it quick and easy – in tests it took less than 1 minute to put it in place and 17 seconds to remove! And that’s with just 1 person and without lifting the mattress at all
  2. Change your mattress enhancer (if you have one). Going into Spring and Summer is all about keeping cool. There are different options – Silk is great for all year round cool; Wool and Alpaca are brilliant for temperature control; Duck Down and Goose Down give a soft blissful feel to your mattress.
  3. What type of sheets do you like to sleep on? Choose from Percale for a crisp, cool finish or the silky feel of Sateen. Check to depth of your mattress and choose an extra deep fitting sheet to prevent the bottom sheet pinging off in the night.
  4. Choosing a duvet cover is all about personal taste. For ease and flexibility, choose bed linen fabrics in white so your bedroom accessories, cushions and throws, can ring the changes,
  5. Do you need to change your duvet? Throughout the winter you’ve probably had a 12 or 13.5 Tog so now you may want to switch to a 9.0 Tog for the Spring and then 4.5 Tog for the Summer.
  6. To finish off your bed and just in case the night is chilly, use a throw or blanket.

Here at The Fine Cotton Company we have wonderful, luxurious ranges of 100% cotton bed linen, including hotel collections Roma, Brooklyn and Capri as well as our Timeless Classics collections of Vermont, Lille and Seville.

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