How to Care for Your Bed Linens
You did all that research and finally have the perfect sheets, now what? Here’s all you need to know about caring for your bed linens to keep them feeling soft and looking vibrant.
Before the Wash
Sort your linens by color, never wash dark with light.
New bedding should be washed before first use.
Pre-treat any stains before washing. Most stains can be treated by working a small amount of liquid detergent into the stained area with your fingers or a soft brush. DO NOT use chlorine bleach on linen bedding, as it will weaken the fibers.
Washing Your Linens
Wash in warm or cold water using the permanent press cycle. Long washing cycles with high-speed spins cause more wrinkles, and higher temperatures may lead to shrinkage.
Load the linens into the washer in loose folds to avoid wrinkles, and be sure to close any buttons/zippers to prevent snags or tears.
Drying Your Linens
The ideal drying method is 10 minutes in an automatic dryer, followed by air drying.
Follow these steps if drying in an automatic dryer:
- Use a timed drying cycle with a medium heat setting.
- Add wool dryer balls to help speed drying and soften the fabric (use these in place of commercial fabric softeners, which can reduce the linen’s moisture-wicking and breathability.)
- Remove the linen while still slightly damp to reduce wrinkling.
If you decide to iron your bed linens, do so while they are still slightly damp. If they’re already dry, mist with distilled water and press at around 445℉, then allow to dry completely before using.
Store bed linens in a temperature-controlled, well-ventilated area. Keep linens away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and damage to fibers. Do not store in plastic bags, which can encourage dampness to accumulate.