when was the last time you cleaned your duvet? Throws, curtains, cushions, rugs … we often put a lot more enthusiasm into hunting or hunting down all these sublime textiles that surround us on sale than washing them. And yet, they may be at the top of their Instagramitude, they are nonetheless simple objects that generously capture dust and dirt. On the menu of bacteria that abound there: perspiration, regurgitation of the youngest, compote and subway grime.

It must be said that tackling the cleaning of certain rooms – at random the Berber rugs or the sublime XXL woollen throws – is not as easy as settling the fate of a tea towel. You think about it and then you always end up patting them or giving them a quick vacuum and thinking we’ll take care of them the following weekend.

The concern, in addition to the proliferation of bacteria that weaken our health (red eyes, itchy neck and other joys), is the encrustation of grime that ends up hardening, breaking the fibres and cracking it. Not to mention the colours that fade, the textures that change and the suppleness that is lost. It would be a shame to let laziness ruin your decor. Especially since it is not very complicated. The proof.

The duvet

We spend about eight hours a day in bed and each night we lose an average of one litre of water. Conclusion: wash your duvet at least twice a year and buy a mattress topper to spare the mattress, which itself cannot be washed.

How do we clean it?

No need to bother tucking your duvet or mattress topper into your washing machine. To clean them (even separately), you would need a machine with at least 15 kilos of capacity, knowing that at best the individual models support 10 kilos.

We have two options: the laundromat (provide a good novel and a thermos of coffee to wait for the washing cycle and then the drying cycle so that it regains its shape well), or faster and less tedious, the pressing. We favour ecological brands like Sequoia. This ecological chain of dry cleaners cleans with water or dry with Greenearth liquid silicone technology (like that which can be found in cosmetics and shampoos). “The dry-cleaning that we practice not only revives the colours, preserves the fibre but also prolongs their lifespan while respecting the environment” explains Nicolas de Bronac, co-founder of Sequoia.

The pillows

Just like the duvet, they absorb any water you lose overnight. We recommend washing them every two months.

How do we clean them?

Smaller than a duvet, they pass easily in the machine between 40 ° and 60 ° depending on the type of pillow. Best to refer to the label. We prefer to wash them in pairs to balance the machine. The little trick: slip a tennis ball in the dryer so that they keep all their loft. Ideally, we take them to the dry cleaners once a year for a little more in-depth cleaning with a fungicide and an antibacterial as offered by the Sequoia chain.

Sheets

For duvet covers and pillowcases, the machine is machining every week at 60 °. And the press, the zero-effort option if you prefer to collect them directly folded and ironed under a cover.

Plaids

We’ve been curling up in them all winter, so it’s time to air them out a bit.

How do we clean them?

If they’re wool, head to the dry cleaners or you’ll see them felt, shrink and get so rough that you won’t want to curl up in the next winter.

If the label allows it or if you know it’s 100% cotton, they go through the washing machine, and we chain on the dryer or the thread in the garden. Better to go to the laundromat, depending on their size, the throws can be very heavy. Be careful, the sun can alter certain colours, transforming your elegant terra cotta into baby pink.

The cushions

We buy them on the spur of the moment, without wondering for a second how we will be able to wash them. And yet, we live with it and like everything else, they accumulate dirt and dust.

How do we clean them?

If the covers are removable, the cover is cold washed to prevent it from shrinking and then allowed to air dry or in the dryer if the label allows it. If they are not removable, they are taken to the dry cleaners to find them as new. Otherwise, they may warp and dry poorly, then mould from the inside. Advice that also applies to sofa covers.

Curtains and net curtains

Not only do they pick up the dust that ends up settling and breaking the fibre, but like everything else, they are not immune to stains. We clean them every two years.

How do we clean them?

If they are cotton, linen or synthetic fibre, they are put in the machine, in the laundromat if they are too large, following the instructions on the label. They are wrung out at low speed.

Whether it is velvet curtains, double curtains or tailor-made models, we don’t ask ourselves the question, we leave them to the dry cleaners on the pain of finding them deformed and shrunk.

The rugs

Like carpet, rugs should be cleaned regularly. Their fibres are real dust traps and other bacteria traps, especially when walked on, sometimes even in shoes.

How do we clean them?

On a daily basis, we suck them in-depth every week. To go a little further, they can be put through a steam cleaner from time to time. It’s still superficial, but it’s a bit more efficient than the vacuum cleaner. The only constraint is that you must be able to let the carpet dry completely at a height to prevent it from moulding. On the other hand, a passage through the dry cleaning is mandatory from time to time (no need to hope to fit it into a conventional machine if it is over a meter long). Professionals have special devices that are more than 4 meters deep for optimal washing. We go there once a year if it is in a passageway, every 2-3 years if it’s the carpet in the bedroom that we only walk on in slippers. On the other hand, we put the bath mats in the machine every week.

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