There’s nothing better than having a set of perfectly cozy, comfortable bed sheets that you love. To keep them looking and feeling incredible, it takes a little bit of insight to care for them properly. Help your sheets last and get the good night’s rest you deserve with these easy tips and tricks.
Laundry is something that adults all know how to do. After all, washing clothes is just part of day-to-day life. However, no matter how many loads of laundry you’ve tossed in the wash or what an expert you are when it comes to getting stains out, there’s no substitute for learning what’s on the care label. The washing and drying instructions can differ depending on a wide range of factors, including the fabric type, color, construction, thread count, and much more. Even if you’re the queen or king of the laundry room, it’s always worth it to read the care label on your sheets and follow it as closely as possible to keep your sheets like new.
Many people have a preferred wash temperature for items like sheets and towels, and it’s true that, generally, sheets should be washed in the warmest water possible for their fabric type. If your sheets are a dark color or made of a delicate fabric, however, you may need to avoid hot or even warm water to prevent color fading and pilling. On the opposite end of the spectrum, using water that’s not warm enough for the fabric type might make it more difficult to get your sheets as clean as possible.
The cycle you wash your sheets on can also impact their longevity. Front-loading washers are generally gentler on fabrics, but a heavy-duty or superwash cycle on a front-loader may still be too rough for your sheet fabric. On a top-loading washing machine, the agitation of a heavy cycle may also cause sheets to wear faster. Again, it’s key to look at the label, but you don’t have to use the heaviest wash cycle on your machine for sheets unless they are extremely dirty or need to be sanitized. For everyday washing, regular, casual, or even delicate cycles may be sufficient.
How often you wash your sheets also matters. You may not need to wash them as often as you think. Also, depending on the season and type of sleeper you are, you may be able to go longer between washes. If you wear long pajamas during the winter months, for example, your sheets are a bit more protected than the summer months, and you may be able to extend the time between washings to preserve the life of your sheets.
When it comes time to wash your sheets, avoid the temptation to put other bulky items in with the load. Your comforter, duvet covers, throw pillows, and other bedding are typically best washed in a separate load. Bulky items can cause the load to become unbalanced and the sheets won’t get washed properly.
If you need to treat stains on your sheets, do it wisely. Blot out as much of the stain as possible before washing with paper towels or a clean cloth, then spray or dab an all-purpose or specific-use spot cleaner on the stain. Avoid rubbing or pulling; the extra friction can cause additional wear and tear. For stubborn stains, simply try soaking your sheets before washing them.
Since sheets can accumulate sweat, oil, and dead skin cells, you want to use a detergent you can trust to get them truly clean. There are lots of different detergent options at different price points, so once you’ve nailed a product that works for you, use it on your sheets to get the fresh, clean bedding you deserve. While some people swear by fabric softener, others feel the product can build up on sheets over time. You may need to experiment with a wash or two to see what works for your specific set of sheets. If you decide against fabric softener, you can also try natural options like adding plain white vinegar to the rinse cycle to help soften sheets and keep odors at bay.
Many people have different types of sheets for the different seasons. You may have flannel sheets for winter, jersey sheets for spring and fall, and a crisp, cool set of cotton sheets or linen sheet sets for summer. Whether you’re storing sheets seasonally or need to store them when they’re not in use, be sure to store them in a dry area and on a smooth surface so they won’t get marred by dust, debris, or snags. For example, keeping them in a closed closet with a shelf liner for everyday use or in a moisture-resistant storage tote when stowing them away for the season are great options.
A little care goes a long way in helping retain the comfy, cozy softness you’ve come to know and love in your sheets. Following these tips will help ensure you keep them at their best, night after night.