Laundering sheets is more than tossing the sheets and linens in the washer with towels and other household items. Using the right techniques to wash the sheets can ensure that they don’t become worn in the washer, and aren’t damaged while being laundered.
Choosing high quality bed sheets can help to reduce the amount of time before the sheets are required to be replaced. Choose sheets with the highest thread count that the budget will allow and sheets that are crafted from a durable fabric, and use reinforced seams to maintain a high quality sleeping experience.
Properly caring for bed sheets and following the washing instructions and following the washing instructions that are found on the sheets packaging, or on the tag of the bed sheets can help to extend the life of the sheets. Certain textiles require different washing techniques, cycles or temperatures – and even different dryer settings.
How should the sheets be laundered?
Most washers include a cycle for whites (linens and such) which use cold water to maintain the sheets and settings for the dryer that use high temperatures to reduce the drying time.
Laundering the sheets at home to ensure that the textiles last is a little easier with the right laundry detergent. Choose a laundry detergent that contains few harmful chemicals to avoid the chance the ingredients will break down the fabric of the sheets.
When the sheets have been washed, be sure to fold the sheets and store in a cool and dry place. Store the sheets where moisture will not affect the sheets and cause mildew – linen closets, or plastic containers in closets work better than storing sheets in basements or shelves in the bathroom.
How often should the sheets be washed?
To extend the life of quality bed sheets, it’s important to avoid washing the sheets too often. Having two or three pairs of sheets that are rotated on the bed can help to reduce washing time, and the amount of times that the sheets are washed and will help to stretch the budget for sheets.