When it comes to home decor, we know it’s easy to get carried away and lose all sense of budget at the sight of all the rad things you’re lusting after to enhance your pad.
Creating a beautiful bed alone can be a costly affair, as you’ve probably noticed from poring over sheets, shams, throw pillows and duvet covers at you imagine will totally transform your room into the ultimate sleep sanctuary. That said, when you do decide to invest in a statement piece like a dynamic duvet cover, you’ll want to make sure you can get plenty of mileage out of the damned thing.
So what exactly does that entail? Well, first let’s talk about your least favorite topic, laundry. Think of a duvet cover as a giant pillow case; you can slip it off and—depending on the fabric it’s made of—toss it in the washing machine with like colors, which makes it pretty easy to take care of. Be sure to check the tag for washing instructions, and launder accordingly. A good rule of thumb when in doubt is is to wash on a gentle cycle using cool water—which will also prevent colors from bleeding or fading. If the tag suggests hanging to dry, as opposed to tumble drying, you might want to iron or steam afterwards to eliminate wrinkles and crinkles.
As for frequency of washing, that answer depends on whether or not you sleep with a sheet between your bod and your duvet. If not (meaning your skin makes direct contact with the cover), launder as often as you would your sheets—which is at least once every two weeks, if you didn’t know already. If you do sleep with a sheet in between, you can extend the time between washes to a month.