Learn how to care for your bedding and protect that investment and protect your family’s health in the process.
Learn your sheets Fiber Content..
Look at the packaging, label or description of product to identify the fabric content of your sheets. The most likely fabric choices are cotton, Egyptian cotton, or a cotton-polyester blend, although sheets can also be made of bamboo, linen, or silk.
This is the time to review the manufacturer’s recommended care instructions, keep in mind blends will generally come out of the dryer less wrinkled than all cotton sheets.
Bamboo, Linen, and Silk sheets may need special care.
It is recommended to wash sheets separately from towels or other clothing. Why you ask? This allows the sheets more room to circulate in the water, which means they’ll get cleaner. Washing sheets alone also prevents damage that may be caused by zippers or other fasteners, and it reduces the amount of piling that can happen over time. Avoid using bleach on your bedding due to it can damage the fabric, if you have all white sheets and they need to be brightened here’s your TIP: Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the wash water instead of bleach. Use a mild detergent for cotton and cotton blends, special fabrics such as linen, bamboo, or silks may require a special detergent.
TIP: If you washing machine features a center agitator, loosely form each sheet into a ball before dropping in into the tub. This will reduce the damage that can be caused by sheets coming into contact with the center agitator. Wash your sheets on the gentle wash cycle in cool or lukewarm water. Remove the sheets as soon as the cycle is over to help in reduction of wrinkles. Shaking the sheets out before placing them in the dryer can also reduce wrinkles.
TIP: Always dry your sheets on the LOW heating setting to minimize damage from high temperatures and to maintain the life of your bedding. Remove your sheets from the dryer as soon as the cycle is over, do not over dry your sheets. Fold them and smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. If you were not home at the end of the drying cycle and wrinkles have set into your sheets.. TIP: Dry the sheets for an additional five minutes WITH A DAMP TOWEL (not WET) tossed into the mix to add moisture. Remove promptly and hold.
Wash Sheets Frequently..
Wash your sheets weekly (more often for humid climates) to extend the life of your bedding. Dirt, dust, skin cells, body oils, fluids, and fecal material do accumulate on sheets during the time spent in and on your bedding. The longer these particles accumulate of the sheets, the more stress is put on the fibers, and these body particles can attract microscopic mites.
TIP: To reduce the washing frequency of your bed linen bathe before bedtime so you’ll take less dirt into your bed, and wear PJ’s or underwear. If you enjoy sleeping in the nude your sheets should be washed more frequently.
Keep multiple sets of sheets available so a clean set is always ready to go on your bed, by rotating at least three sets of sheets per bed will help you keep your sheets always looking fresh and lasting longer.
Care for those SPECIAL fabrics..
Silk is strong but does need special laundering to keep it’s fibers intact. Hand washing is the preferred method of laundering, at least for the first several washings. Don’t wring silk sheets, blot them with a towel. Hang outside to dry out of direct sun light or dry on the lowest setting above air fluff on your dryer.
Linen is a very durable natural fiber, it can withstand higher washing temperatures than other sheets, up to 104 degrees F. The more linen sheets are washed, the softer they become making them a great choice in bedding. Use a mild detergent, avoid bleaches or detergents containing bleach. Linen will dry faster than other fabrics, so sheets won’t need a hot or long drying setting. Linen sheets can be ironed at the hot linen setting on your iron. You may want to iron your pillow cases and the decorative band on your top sheet for a nice trendy bed look.
Bamboo is also a natural fiber than benefits from using a mild laundry soap or one especially designed for natural products. Bleach or harsh cleaners will damage your bamboo sheets. Use gentle wash cycle, and your sheets may fad. (Why you wash separately) Air drying is preferred but they can be dried in the dryer on a low or air-dry setting.
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Hope you found this useful and learned something new today.