The Bedding Snob

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Snobbish Thoughts October 2010

Wee Scottie Dogs star in a blog and on our bedding and PJs!

Don’t you just love those cute little Scottish Terriers? We were pleased to hear from Stuart, a Scottie, and the author of this great blog, The Scottie Chronicles, devoted to the wee Lads and Lassies. Check it out!

And if you are a Scottie Dog fan (or any dog lover, or for that matter, any fan of cozy, warm flannel), we’ve got some comfy Scotty Dog flannel PJs and terrific Cuddledown Scotty Dog flannel bedding – perfect for those chilly nights!

Thanks Stuart for the shout out!

Stain, Stain, Go Away: Our Handy Stain-Removal Guide

Stain removal techniques can vary depending on the fabric you’re treating.  When it comes to removing stains from cotton, the finish of the fabric is critical.  It is harder to remove stains from smoother finish fabrics than from those with a rougher texture.  Additionally, cotton fabrics in darker colors respond better to stain removal techniques than those in pastel colors.  However, common to all cotton, the first rule is to dab…not rub…when working on the stain.  Moving quickly, as soon as the accident occurs, also increases your chances of successful removal.  Never use hot water when removing stains from cotton.  Stains will typically set further with hot, and even warm, water.  Always, always, always, test your stain removal technique of choice on an inconspicuous area of the sheet, like the corner of the fitted sheet.  Check washing instructions to be safe.  if the fabric is dry clean only…don’t pre-treat…just throw on your shoes and head directly to the dry cleaners!

So, let’s summarize:

  • Review the washing instructions on the label of the fabric. Heed any special care instructions.
  • Move quickly once the accident happens
  • Dab
  • Cold or lukewarm water
  • Test anything you use on an inconspicuous area before applying to highly visible areas.

Now let’s talk about removing specific stains:

Ink

Hairspray is a great way to remove ink stains from cotton. Apply a little at a time and always wash the area well with detergent and water before it dries to prevent residue from forming. If you don’t have hairspray on hand, try nail polish remover.

Blood

The most important first step when removing a blood stain is soaking the stained area in cold water mixed with salt (1 teaspoon per cup) for at least an hour until the stain turns a faded brown color.  Salt can potentially cause some colors to fade, so, feel free to just use cold water if that is a concern. After soaking, apply a pre-wash stain remover to the affected area and rinse.  If the stain remains, soak it in a solution of ammonia and cold water.  Another effective remedy is applying a paste made out of meat tenderizer. Work the paste in gently and rinse.  The meat tenderizer breaks down the proteins in the blood which should release them from the fabric.

Makeup and lipstick

Dab, dab, and dab again using dishwashing liquid in cold water.  When the stain disappears, wash it as you normally do and check again before putting it in the dryer.  Lipstick is best removed using oil-based cleaning solvents.  Once applied, let the stain dry, scrape off the residue and wash as usual.  Again, double check the stain area before putting it in the dryer.  You may need to repeat the process and wash again.

Tea and coffee

Quick!  The number one key to removing these stains is acting immediately!  Run or soak cold water on the stain as soon as possible and wash.  If you are following the first rule of speed, another effective method is to pour enough salt on the stain to soak up the liquid.  Once you have managed the bulk of the stain, soak in cold water for an hour and wash as usual.

Red, Red Wine

Combine 1 teaspoon laundry soap or pretreatment (or dish soap) and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently dab the stain. Wash in cool water and air dry if the fabric is machine-washable.

Do you have any stain fighting secrets to share with our readers? Send them along!

May all your whites be white and all your colors be bright!

Icky little critters: How to prevent a bed bug outbreak

I don’t know about you, but the very idea of sleeping with an uninvited companion leaves me feeling just a wee bit violated.  And if you listen to the current media about the recent bed bug resurgence, one could be sleeping with MILLIONS of uninvited guests.  Which is why taking 3 1/2 minutes of your time to watch this short video is a good idea.  Cuddledown Product Associate, Renee, gives us some valuable tips on how to prevent a bed bug outbreak at YOUR house.

Smiling in the Face of Adversity…

 Who has not been touched by cancer?  I would venture further and say that most people I know have intimate and multiple relationships with the rotten killer via family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  My sister lost her 10 year battle with cancer in 2001.  I miss her every day.  What a beautiful spirit she was and will always be in my life.  Her extended battle included 3 rounds of chemotherapy (only to be told she was cancer free after each one) and 3 rounds of radiation (that left her with permanent health problems for the remainder of her short life), and, finally, a bone marrow transplant that bought her the years she so desperately wanted so that she could see her two wonderful boys graduate from high school and move on to college. Eventually, she was even able to be at her eldest’s wedding; a gift for sure.  Enough.   

The point is that the experience is wrenching and no more wrenching than when we are in the midst of it.  I remember vividly the confusion and difficulty we had getting answers and finding resources to help our family through the tangled maze of cancer treatments and doctors.  Emotions ran high and low, and low, and lower, then high again.  It was draining to say the least.   

Last weekend our team participated in the Dempsey Challenge to support the work at The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.  The first paragraph of their mission states:  

The mission of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is to provide the highest quality of education, support and wellness services to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities touched by cancer. We strive to embrace the whole person including body, mind and spirit in a respectful, inclusive and healing environment.  

Oh, how I wish places like this existed just 20 years ago!  

I am so proud to be a small part of such a tremendous group of people.  Together, our little team raised almost $6,000!  A nice contribution to the 1 million plus collected overall.  I am humbled to recognize the Cuddledown team members that participated, cheered, and supported the effort.  I’m safe to say, and the picture attests, all rode with a smile on their faces (or a grimace…depending on the incline of the hill they were climbing!)  

So here’s a cheer for Amanda! Chris! Gerhard! Michelle! Laura! Nina! Rebecca! Wanda! Jacob! And Danielle!!  YEA!!  And a special thanks to their families and friends who joined in and/or stood out in the chill to cheer them on! I’m forgetting someone I’m sure…probably you…because, honestly, I think I’m safe to say we are all contributing what we can.  Maybe you’re not up here in Maine…but I’m sure you’re participating in and supporting the fight, too.   

We will ride another day, so next year, when the challenge comes around

…let’s do it again!   

 

Allie 1951 – 2001

Enter our Wicked Pathetic Pillow Contest!

Are you the owner of a pathetic pillow?  Does it date back to the Reagan era or cause you to awaken with a raging neckache? Or has your dog appropriated it for his bed? Or does it stand out like a sore thumb in your home décor?  Don’t miss out on the chance to win more than $500 worth of great Cuddledown pillows and pillowcases in our Wicked Pathetic Pillow Contest, running October 1-31!

Just snap a photo of your pathetic pillow, upload it on our Facebook page, and tell us exactly why you should be the recipient of some fine Cuddledown pillows (our best 800 Fill Power European Batiste down pillows, plus silk protectors and pillowcases, worth more than $500!).  Criteria such as creativity/originality, sincerity, humor and degree of perceived personal ruin experienced will be taken into consideration by our judges.

If you don’t want to enter, you can still vote (and so can your friends and family) to help us pick the winner, who will be announced on November 3rd!

And don’t miss the cautionary tale of “Percy and his Pathetic Pillow”.  Several Cuddledown employees participated in this video (proudly made right here in our offices in Maine) – we’d like to think there are some Oscar-worthy performances there!

So don’t let your pathetic pillow ruin your life – enter our contest now!

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