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If you’ve never had a wool mattress or wool bedding before, it can be a little challenging to figure out how to best take care of it. But once you get the hang of it, we think it’s really easy.
In order to make it even easier, here are seven dos and don’t of wool bedding care to help you get started:
DO let your bed breathe.
Instead of insisting you make your bed every morning, we insist you unmake it. Wool wicks moisture away from your body while you sleep, so when you wake up, wool bedding needs a couple of hours to release that moisture back into the air.
DO sun your mattress.
Hanging or laying your wool bedding out in the sun once a month allows it to naturally bleach, disinfect and deodorize. Sun is the perfect way to keep your wool mattress and bedding fresh.
DO use a mattress topper.
Wool mattress toppers not only provide added support and cushion, but they also help to extend the life of your wool mattress.
DO rotate and flip your mattress and mattress topper.
Periodically rotating and flipping your wool mattress will help it wear more evenly and extend its life as well (same with the mattress topper). We recommend rotating it about once a month and flipping it every six months.
DON’T use the wrong bed frame.
Always use a solid wood slatted frame, but make sure the slats are spaced correctly to support your wool mattress. We recommend 1.5” gaps. If you use the wrong type of frame (i.e. a box spring or platform bed), it can affect the longevity and comfort of your wool bedding.
DON’T bring drinks to bed.
Wool wicks away moisture from skin, but it doesn’t do well with large liquid spills. If you do spill something, you can spot treat your mattress with a mild soap and water and let it air dry.
DON’T dry clean your mattress or mattress topper.
Dry cleaners use toxic chemicals to get things clean, so dry cleaning your wool bedding would take away from the chemical-free, hypoallergenic quality of the wool. If a bigger accident does happen, soak that area in a bathtub full of cool water with a little bit of mild detergent. Then let it dry in the sun.
If you have questions about wool bedding care, we would love to answer them. At Shepherd’s Dream, our goal is for you to love our organic wool bedding and sleep your natural best.