When you spend one-third of your life between the sheets, it makes sense to invest in bedding that is soft, luxurious and will contribute to a good night’s sleep. The best quality sheets and pillowcase sets can be pricey but worth it. How then can you properly care for your bedroom investment? Here are our tips.
Wash sheets by themselves. While it is okay to wash more than one set of sheets together if your washing machine can accommodate the load, washing sheets with towels or other laundry can shorten their lifespan. This is because the rough surfaces of other laundry can cause friction, which can lead to premature wear on your good sheets.
Skip the bleach. Pretreat and soak stains if needed, but do not use chlorine bleach on good bedding. Not only can the bleach destroy color, it can also break down the cotton fibers and eventually destroy them.
Avoid liquid softener and dryer sheets. Instinct tells you these products would make your sheets feel oh so good, but they leave residue behind that affects the absorbency and breathability of the sheets. High-end bedding is engineered to provide these features. Using fabric softener or dryer sheets may counteract them, leaving your sheets feeling slippery or waxy.
Don’t wash your fine sheets in hot water, despite what mom says. Quality sheets are made of cotton, and cotton can shrink or fray if not treated carefully. Change your washing machine cycle to gentle, and select cool or cold water.
Shake up your sheets before they go into the dryer. Otherwise the creases will set. To ensure even drying, you can try this trick. Fold sheets in an accordion pattern, and they won’t ball up while drying. Better yet, line dry your best bed sheets.
Don't overdry your sheets. Take them out of the dryer when they are still slightly damp and lay them flat on your bed or drape them over a drying rack. The sheets will dry shrink free and wrinkle free.
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