We’ve been asked a lot over the past few months on how best to protect ourselves and others when it comes to keeping bedding virus free. As we continue to learn more and more about COVID-19 and its ability to stay on surfaces for some time, it's important we play our part in minimising the risk of spreading the virus through the bedding.

As it stands, COVID-19 has proven that it can survive on for as long as 2-3 days on hard surfaces, 24 hours on cardboard and that it can hang around in the air for several hours in a form of tiny droplets after someone coughs. Whilst we don’t have a definitive answer for how long the virus can survive on fabric, there is no doubt that bedding can be an ideal contamination material considering the fact those ill with the virus will be in frequent contact with bedding.

If you or someone in your household has suspect COVID-19 symptoms then it is vital you take as many steps as possible to limit the spread of the virus, not only outside, but also inside the home. When it comes to bedding, you should sleep in separate beds if possible. If you have to share a bed then be sure to use your own pillow with a pillowcase and protector.

The World Health Organisation has stated that COVID-19 does not like temperatures over 56°C. Therefore washing your bedding at 60°C is essential to stop the infection rate in your house from growing. It is important to note that whilst freezing pillows and pillowcases will get rid of allergens it will not eradicate viruses.

In 2014 The Fine Bedding Company developed Smartfil™ fibres to create both washable and long-lasting bedding. Its siliconized fibres protect the filling wash after wash, so bedding retains its shape and softness even on hotter washes. Our wide selection of washable bedding gives you that extra layer of protection towards your bedding being virus-free.

If you are in need of highly washable bedding, we’d recommend taking a look at both our Spundown and Breathe range to help reduce the chance of contamination against all viruses in your home.

If you need further guidance on washing your duvet, you can read our ultimate guide on how to wash duvets.

July 22, 2020 — Sleep Expert