Caring for your sheets
There’s no better feeling than ripping open a pack of brand-new bed sheets and laying them out ready for your first sleep in them. That brand-new feeling can’t last forever but with Bedscape’s help we can make it last as long as possible!
Read on to find out how to care for your sheets and slow down the fading process.
Step 1 – Washing and keeping the colour alive
Before using a new bedsheet set, it’s always a good idea to wash them, especially if you have sensitive skin. This reduces the chances of having an allergic reaction and also gets rid of any dust that might have accumulated during the packaging process.
Take care to always use a gentle wash cycle with a cold temperature setting (30 Degree Wash), and a mild detergent and do not bleach.
To preserve the color add some vinegar in the wash cycle, especially for the dark colours.
Step 2 – Soften
Once your sheets are washed, not only will they be more comfortable to sleep on, but they’ll be easier to iron too. Keeping your sheets clean is not only good for hygienic purposes, but it also keeps them smelling fresh for longer periods.
Step 3 – How to dry
Using a laundry line to dry sheets will help preserve fibers, shape and elasticity. However, it’s important that you don’t keep your sheets out in the sun for too long as the colours made fade. If you do have to use a tumble dryer, choose the lowest heat to protect the sheets.
Step 4 - Storage
We recommend that you should always try to fold and iron your sheets before you store them. This preserves their shape and general presentation. Store them in a breathable bag or somewhere that won’t gather a lot of dust or is at risk of spillages. Avoid using any plastic as this can cause the sheets to start ‘yellowing’.
Step 5 – Maintenance
Change your bed sheets every week, to avoid growing germs and unwanted smells. This also helps to preserve the quality of the sheets if they are rotated on a regular basis.
According to a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, our bedsheets should be changed every 2 years as bed linens can start to break down and show sign of wear and tear, while pillows should be changed 1 to 2 years, especially if you sweat more during night.
Check out our previous blog ‘6 DIY for an eco-friendly spring cleaning!’ for more great tips on how keep a happy and healthy household ticking over.