Caring for Your Bed Sheets
We’ve spoken on the subject of caring for your bed sheets before, but it’s been awhile and with The White Sale going on we thought we’d do a quick refresher!
First off, if you want your sheets to last longer and maintain their comfort, it’s important you buy good quality sheets to begin with. Don’t be fooled by fancy sheet jargon such as “Egyptian Cotton” and “Thread Count” and assume you’re getting a high quality product. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
However, you also shouldn’t be led to believe that you have to pay an arm and a leg for true comfort. We’ve done our fair share of research and testing and while we won’t bore you with the details of that today, we encourage you to check out our post on “Our Favorite Bed Sheets” here.
Once you’ve found the perfect sheet set, it’s important you properly care for them to not only maintain their comfort, but to make sure you really get your money’s worth out of them!
Of course, the manufacturer’s care instructions are a good place to start, but we’ve found that these few tips almost always fall in line:
1. Wash your sheets separately – Never wash your sheets with other laundry, especially with things that contain polyester or have abrasive materials like zippers that can damage the fabric.
2. Don’t overload your washing machine – This will cause the fibers to break down from excessive agitation. Your sheets should be able to easily move about in your washer.
3. Wash in warm water – Avoid washing your sheets in hot water as this will only cause your sheets to shrink (especially if you have linen sheets). Choose a cycle that uses warm water to wash and a cold water rinse.
4. Only use mild detergents – It’s best to use a mild liquid detergent (like Woollite or The Laundress), and unless your sheets are very soiled, use only half the recommended amount of detergent.
5. Avoid bleaches and other whiteners – Bleaches and other whiteners will only break down the fibers in your sheets and, believe it or not, cause them to turn yellow.
6. Air dry or tumble dry on low heat – If you have the patience for it, line drying your sheets is best. Otherwise, tumble dry on a low heat setting until slightly damp.
7. Do not over-dry – Remove your sheets promptly from dryer while slightly damp to minimize wrinkles and avoid shrinkage.
8. Smooth or iron out wrinkles – Most cotton or linen sheets can be pressed with an iron at a high temperature setting if desired. Otherwise, lay slightly damp sheets on your bed and smooth out any wrinkles.
Currently all of our sheets are 20% off during The White Sale! If you have questions on what sheets are best for you, any one of our stylists can point you in the right direction. You can even do a little testing for yourself while you’re here!
Hurry in because the sale ends Saturday!