This guide is designed to provide a quick and easy reference for tips on how to care for your bedding. Following a few simple steps to preserve the quality of your comforters, duvets, sheets, and other bed linens will result in long-lasting and beautiful bedding. The information provided covers general bedding care and maintenance. Please adhere to the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer of your bed linens if there are any discrepancies.
How Do I Wash My Bedding?
Before you first wash your bed linens, you will need to determine the type of fabric involved. Most manufacturers will place cleaning codes on fabrics, usually on the manufacturer's label. Here is a reference list of those cleaning codes:
WS: This fabric may be cleaned with water-based cleaning agents and foams, as well as with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
W: Use water-based cleaning agents or foams only.
S: Use only mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
X: Do not use foam or liquid agents on this fabric. Vacuum or brush lightly to remove soil.
Washing and drying your bedding may require specific care depending on the fabric type:
Cotton: Cotton is a prevalent fabric in bedding, and it also very easy fabric to wash and maintain. Most cotton products are machine washable and can be placed in the dryer at a low setting to prevent shrinkage.
Polyester: Polyester is a very durable material which requires similar care to nylon, but it is safe to line dry. Again, to avoid pilling, hand wash when possible.
Nylon: Nylon is fairly durable, and is generally machine washable, even in a normal cycle. Use warm or cool water only, and go light on the detergent. Never use bleach. It is safe to put nylon in the dryer on lowest heat setting. Do not line-dry nylon linens, because the sun is nylon's enemy.
Silk: Treat this fabric the same as acetate, but be careful about line-drying as silk is more sensitive to sun-damage. Also, because silk is usually very thin, be especially careful when wringing out.
Satin: Satin made of silk and nylon should be shielded from the sun, so if you have a bright sunny room, go for acetate or polyester satin. It's best to just dry-clean satin bedspreads and satin comforters. They are impossible to hand-wash, and bunch up too much in a washer.
Expert Tips on Bed Linen Care
Use only very mild detergents or linen washes. Don't use too much detergent, and be careful not to pour it directly onto the fabric.
Wash similar colors on the gentle cycle with warm (not hot) water.
Never use chlorine bleach or detergents with bleach. Enzyme-reactive stain removers may be used as needed.
Forget fabric softeners! Buildup will coat threads and leave them brittle.
Let the sheets air dry if possible. Otherwise, use the low setting on the dryer and take them out while they're still damp.
Iron sheets while they're still slightly damp to the touch. When pressing monograms or embellishments, place them facedown on a thick towel to avoid flattening the design.
Fashion tips: transition from office to evening out
Learn how to transition your outfit from office work clothing to evening attire with these fashion tips and ideas.
Many of us who work the 9-5 jobs understand the loss of creativity day to day when it comes to the way we dress. A few simple lifestyle changes can alter the way you dress at work, so you may look stunning for an evening out on the town. It doesn't matter if you're an investment banker or a creative director for an advertising agency; these tips are great no matter what business you are in. Learn how to transition from the office to a late night after party, a post-work date or a gala event.
The After Party
For a party such as a committee event like a museum exhibit party, a store opening or a company party, looking party worthy can be easy with a little pre-planning. If you're extra-business like by day, donning suits on a daily basis, it's more of a reason to dress sexy without going overboard.
Try a black dress with a low decollete. And, to save time, wear the dress during your workday with a black blazer over it. For the evening out, lose the blazer, add a wrap (either cashmere or fur), and add chandelier earrings and sexy makeup. Vamp up your eye makeup with black smoky eyes and try red lips for this look. Don't forget a stunning sparkly handbag. This is an easy look to cross over from office to evening.
The Dinner Party
The boss of your husband is throwing a dinner party and you don't have time to go home before it starts. No problem. If you're wearing a pants suit ensemble, you can easily change it up to get an evening savvy look. Lose the jacket and change your top to something a little dressier. Something beaded would look stunning. Now change your simple all black sling back shoes for something sparkly and wow worthy.
The Post-Work Date
It's casual Friday and it's your first girls' night out in a long time. The dilemma of what to wear has hit you and going home before the date is out of the question. You're in savvy jeans, but a dowdy shirt. Keep the jeans on and simply bring a tight fitted camisole to wear under a savvy tweed box jacket (a la Coco Chanel). Switch your comfortable flats for a black pair of sexy high-heeled boots and freshen up your makeup and you are set in no time flat.
The Gala Event
This one may seem the hardest, but not to fret. It can be a piece of cake if you know how to plan ahead. Your husband will be impressed by how well you multitask and how great you look after a hard day at the office at this $300 a plate plus event (on his company's tab). First thing is first.
Start with a long black skirt (earlier at work, you wore a blazer with it to give it that business edge), but now you'll lose the blazer and pair the skirt with a tight fitted top in the color of your choice. Add a faux diamond belt, large cz earrings, a large cocktail ring and a fur wrap and you are ready for your black tie event. Sweep your hair up in a bun and secure with Bobbie pins. The look will be finished in less than thirty minutes, without even stepping foot at home.
Try to think of what you can wear during the day that can transition from workday to evening out.
Carry a leather tote bag to the office with makeup, Bobbie pins and your evening essentials.
Plan ahead. Those who think of looks ahead of time always look great at after work events. A great tip is to try on some different selections from your closet about once a month. That way, when the events come around you are all ready for it.
Have fun and don't take it too seriously. As you know life happens, so go with it.
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