Top tips on caring for your sheets.
Tips on how to care for your bedding!
We all want bedding that is going to last a long time and we all may have different thoughts on how long our bedding should last for. But how long should our sheets last? Some people say no more then 2 years so people ,some say 10-15 years and other have ranging from 3-5 years.
These are just some of the responses you may get when searching online or asking people how long you should have you bed sheets for no wonder why it can be so confusing.
There are a couple factors which may influence how long your bed linen should last:
- The quality of the Sheets
- How they are cared for.
But focusing more on how you should care for your sheets to learn more about the quality of the sheets you can Check out our blog on the Ultimate guide to buying sheets for your bed to learn more to buying good quality sheets. Not all bedding is equal in the way that we care for them and this has a substantial impact on how long the sheets will last. At the Manchester Factory we always recommend that customers follow the care instructions by which is provided by the manufacturers as this genuinely helps in getting that longer life in your bedding.
How often should you be washing your bedding?
There's no better feeling than getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets especially after a long day. Just like all other household chores it may or may not be a priority or maybe you just don’t know how often you should wash your sheets and even how to wash.
So, is it weekly, fortnightly, monthly or it doesn't matter when you wash them?
The British national sleep foundation carried out a study in 2009 found that 91% of people surveyed changed and washed their sheets once a fortnight. However, the experts recommend that people are washing their bedding on a weekly basis.
Laundering sheets on a weekly may seem like a lot if the sheets aren’t dirty but there is a lot more than the sheets looking physically dirty that isn’t seen by the eye such as thousands of dead skin cells, dust mites ,sweat. By avoiding the washing of your sheets regularly may expose you to the fungi, bacteria, pollen, and animal dander that may be found on sheets and other bedding.
Factors that you should also take into consideration when washing your sheets
You should wash your sheets more often if:
- you have allergies which make you sensitive to dust
- you have an infection that contacts your sheets or pillows
- sweat excessively
- your pet sleeps in your bed
- you eat in bed
- you go to bed without showering
How to wash your sheets?
As already mentioned previously at the Manchester Factory we always recommend that customers follow the care instructions by which is provided by the manufacturers. In general it’s recommended to wash bed sheets in warm to cold water (30deg) rather than hot water, which can shrink the material fibres this is essentially the case with natural fibres such as (bamboo, Cotton &Eucalyptus ).
If the sheets are delicate or have delicate trims I would recommend uses a gentle wash or delicate wash, this may depend on your washing machine. It is recommended to steer clear of using fabric softens and dryer papers as this can create a sheen over your sheets and create pilling and the natural fibres to break down.
Various fabrics do require slightly special care. Find your appropriate fabric and follow this guide for soft and long-lasting bedding.
Cotton Sateen /Bamboo
Cotton Sateen is dreamy it has a silk like touch. Cotton Sateen weave is constructed four threads that run over a single thread, which creates that ultra-smooth silky finish.
- Wash sateen’s fabric separately from towels and other clothing to prevent pulling. This allows for better circulation and a cleaner result.
- Avoid tumble drying. If there's no other option, do so using a low heat setting.
- Tumble drying results in crinkled sateen, so if you prefer a smooth look, give it a quick iron.
Cotton percale is crisp and has some what of a matte finish and this is due to the weave’s even, cross-hatched pattern throughout the fabric.
- Wash in warm to cold water with mild soap. Too much soap or starch causes the fabric to feel scratchy.
- Avoid using bleach – this can cause the fibres to weaken and reduces its lifespan.
- Don't wash sheets with any other clothing or items that could catch and tear fibres – zips, studs, etc.
- Avoid tumble drying as heat damages fibres, causing shrinkage.
- Line-drying reduces wrinkles and creases and helps to avoid ironing.
Linen fabric is made from a flax plant fibre – meaning they aren’t cotton. Linen last a long time and due to is rustic feel and look it is truly an investment. After each wash linen becomes a lot softer and more absorbent
- Wash linen in a gentle cold or lukewarm cycle, with mild detergent to protect its fibres.
- When your linen is new, we recommend tumble drying on a low setting, so it softens faster.
- Remove from the dryer while still slightly damp and hang to reduce wrinkles and stiffness.
Yellowing of bedding can be quite a common concern that we have from our customers check out our blog on “why does bedding go yellow”
When not in use, your bedding should be stored in a cool dry place with sufficient air flow. For linen bedding particularly, be sure to limit exposure to direct sunlight. Adding a sachet of lavender or using a linen spray will give your bedding a lovely subtle scent that will add to its freshness.
My personal tip:
I use an unopened packet of fabric softener and just place the package between the set of sheets in the line cupboard and they always smell nice and fresh.
If you are looking to invest in a new sheet set visit our website and see our full collection of sheets.
- Jess Goode