When you invest in a new bedspread or towels, you may wonder just how long they’ll look new. After all, these are items you use and wash quite regularly. Whether it’s washcloths, table linens, or bedding, how long they last will depend on how you care for them. Here are a few ways to ensure your linens last a very long time.
Bedsheets and Pillowcases:
These typically last for between two and three years. Having the most comfortable and good quality sheets is key to ensuring they last longer and you get a good night’s rest. If you notice your sheets starting to look a little thin, it’s a good idea to replace them.
It’s also important to have at least three different sets of bedsheets and pillowcases that you can cycle through to extend the lifespan of your linens. Some people try to extend the life of their bedsheets by not washing them as much – this is really not good.
Duvets and Comforters:
These can last for up to 15 years, especially if you replace them with a lighter quilt or blanket during the summer months. That said, longevity also depends on the kind of filling material that is used.
Don’t expect much from your dish towels, no matter how great they feel. They typically last for about a year. It’s a good idea to keep one dish tower solely for drying your dishes, and another one for drying your hands.
Bath and Hand Towels:
Towels last for between two and four years. They usually have cotton loops that make them extremely absorbent and full. If you notice the loops coming undone, it’s a good idea to replace them. While towels are great at drying you off, they are not as great at drying on their own.
Leaving them piled up on the floor will increase the chances of them developing mildew or mold, which then lowers their life and also makes them smell funky. Instead, make sure to hang your towels on a towel bar to ensure faster drying. Using the correct washing techniques can also help the lifespan of your bathroom textiles – wash your towels in warm water and use fabric softener occasionally for the best results.