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We’ve all got that favourite bed linen – the one we enjoy tucking ourselves into at night – so it can be annoying when our once smooth-to-touch bedding starts bobbling. This effect not only ruins the look of your bedlinen but can make your bedroom look dull. So, if you’re wondering why bobbling happens and how you can prevent it, we’ve got the answers for you.
Flannelette / Brushed Cotton
Flannelette is one of the worst victims / culpits of bobbling. Its difficult because we explain contamination below, but flannel / brushed cotton does shed in the first few washes. Because the surface of the cloth is brushed up and not a flat cloth unfortunatley your new flannelette will shed a little at first. The secret (as difficult as it is) is to wash the sheets first. We know you absolutely want to put your new sheets on the bed, but if you wash first it will reduce the problem by 60%.Contamination?
When your bed sheets bobble it can be a nightmare but it's not always the bed sheet to blame. Ultra soft Bedding like or Brushed Cotton and Flannelette, need a little extra care. When two cloths rub against each other the softer fabrics can bobble, we recommend washing your bedding separately. When these bobbles go under the microscope and are tested they have attached themselves to the sheets from clothes and more commonly other items the sheets have been washed with. However certain sheets are more susceptible. Brushed Cotton and Flannelette are the worst victims for this.
Why Bed Linen Bobbles?Bobbling can happen when fibres stretch and break in a fabric due to friction. Afterwards, they start to tangle together to form tiny knots (bobbles). It’s only natural that these little fuzz balls will eventually start to appear on your bed linen. It goes through a fair bit of handling due to washing, getting in and out of bed every day and being changed.Tips for Preventing BobblingThere are steps you can take to prevent the dreaded bobbling from taking over your bed linen. Here’s what you can do:Keep Your Bed ClearBe careful if you’ve got a habit of dumping items on your bed, especially if they’re abrasive, as they’ll rub against your bed linen. It’s also best to keep pets off the linen to prevent their claws from pulling on the thread.Wash Inside OutTurn your duvet covers and pillow cases inside out before putting them in the washing machine. That way if bobbling occurs – due to friction – you won’t be able to see it on the outside. As a guide, always check the fabric care label before you start washing your linen.Air-dryIt’s best to air-dry your bed linen rather than use a tumble dryer as the exposure to heat can damage the fibres. After drying, carefully fold it up and store in a clothing bag to protect it from any dirt and dust.Handwash BeddingIf you’ve got the time, try to handwash your bed linen as it’s a gentler process. You can soak it first and then use a detergent for handwashing. This will not only help your bedding stay bobble free, but it’ll also smell good!Choose the Right FabricExperts recommend Egyptian cotton which is known for its superior quality. Its long fibre length makes it more stretch resistant and less likely to bobble. They also suggest choosing a fabric with a high thread count as it’s more durable.Tired of looking at bobbles? Give your bed a makeover with our range of duvet sets.
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