When was the last time you replaced your duvet? We’re not talking about the crisp bed linen you choose to dress it in, but rather the filled duvet that keeps you warm at night.
If your answer to the question above is that you can’t remember ever changing your duvet, this blog is for you.
Whilst a duvet may just seem like a duvet, its quality and condition can have huge impacts on how well we sleep and our overall health.
More often than not, many household duvets are harbouring dirt, bacteria, dead skin and even bed bugs. After all, we spend approximately 56 hours a week cocooned in our bedding – which is more than enough time for it to collect sweat, skin cells and anything else that touches it. Maybe not what you want to hear, but that’s the hard truth.
Now, if that’s not enough to make you want to cleanse your duvet from the inside out then we don’t know what is!
According to The Sleep Council, duvets should be replaced every 5 years. Of course, this does depend on the quality of your duvet. A good quality goose feather down duvet could last up to 10 years if you take care of it correctly.
How often should duvets be washed?
Whilst you likely wash your bed linen every week, fortunately, duvets and pillows don’t actually require as much care and attention. In fact, the general recommendation for washing duvets is at least twice a year.
Giving your duvet a good deep clean every two to three months is the best way to ensure it’s as free from dust mites and bacteria as it can be, but if you manage twice-yearly then you’re ahead of the 70% of Brits who admitted to never having washed their duvet.
Now, depending on the type of duvet you have, it may not be as easy as simply throwing it in your washing machine. Quality natural-filled duvets such as feathers and down should be dry cleaned professionally, whereas synthetic fibre duvets can easily be washed in a large machine on a normal spin cycle at 60° or whatever the label instructs.
Signs you may need a new duvet
Regularly washing your duvet is the best way to elongate its lifespan and ensure it remains in tip-top condition, but what are the telltale signs that you may need to replace your duvet?
1. It’s getting lumpy
There aren’t many things more satisfying than a brand new duvet – soft, full, plush and springy. That’s how they’re supposed to stay. If you notice that the filling of your duvet has started to separate, causing it to feel lumpy and uncomfortable, it’s probably time to upgrade.
Of course, over time your duvet won’t always feel brand new, but its filling should stay evenly distributed for years to come. When the filling begins to retreat to other parts, it stops the duvet from doing its job – keeping you warm from head to toe.
A duvet that has lumps of filling in some parts and none in others is likely to disrupt your sleep and make you more susceptible to the cold at night.
2. It feels limp and lifeless
Nothing quite beats the feeling of sinking into a warm, comfy cloud of fluffiness at night. Your duvet should be providing this level of comfort, but if it’s feeling limp and lifeless then you probably need a new one.
3. It’s discoloured
When changing your bed linen, you might notice that your once crisp white duvet has started to turn a shade of grey. There are many reasons that this discolouration could happen, and they’re not the most comforting of thoughts.
Whilst dust mites are microscopic and impossible to spot, there’s a chance that this discolouration could be down to them housing in your bed. As their dead bodies pile up, they start to become more visible in the form of grey discolouration.
A deepening colour in your duvet could also be down to the collection of sweat, dust, dead skin and other not-so-nice debris. You may find that washing it doesn’t help, and therefore you’d be better off buying a new one.
4. You’re allergies have flared up
Whether you typically suffer from allergies or not, if you’ve noticed a sudden surge in sneezing and sniffling – it could be down to your duvet.
Dust allergies are more common than you may think, and many people suffer without always realising. Old, unwashed duvets are likely harbouring plenty of dust, pollen and other irritants that build up over time. In this case, it’s better to be replaced.
For those who do suffer from allergies, a hypoallergenic duvet is the best option to combat the symptoms. However, you still need to ensure proper care and cleaning to avoid debris build-up.
How to make your duvet last longer
Now you know that duvets have a limited lifespan and can need replacing sooner than you may think, how can you hold on to your duvet for longer?
1. Invest in a good quality duvet
You get what you pay for, and that statement is true when it comes to duvets. Generally, the higher the quality duvet the longer the filling will remain plump and full.
A luxury duvet will have a fuller, better quality filling that is unlikely to separate for years to come. Christy’s range of duvets have durable, tightly woven covers to help prevent the filling from poking out.
2. Don’t over-wash it
As mentioned earlier, it’s important to wash your duvet, but not too much. Washing your duvet too frequently can soften the fibres and encourage the filling to separate.
When you do wash your duvet, be sure to air it out properly before returning it to the bed.
3. Cover it with good quality bed linen
A high-quality duvet cover will protect your duvet from sweat, hair, skin cells and dust mites, reducing the need to place it earlier than necessary.
Opt for a high thread count like Christy’s 400TC Cotton Sateen range for added durability with a bedspread that will last you years to come.