We often have customers reach out to us to ask how they should care for their sheets, and we’re glad because it’s such an important question. Common wisdom indicates that for every one customer that asks, there are exactly ten others that are wondering the same thing. So with that - drumroll, please - here is a whole post dedicated to caring for your Cotton & Care sheets.
How Often Should I Launder?
I have an embarrassing confession - my first year of college, I washed my dorm room sheets exactly once. That’s the wrong way to do it. It’s recommended that you wash your sheets every 7-10 days. If that sounds a bit overwhelming, at least make it a habit to wash your sheets every two weeks. Your sheets absorb all kinds of body oil, sweat, and germs – stuff you don’t want your skin to come back into contact with night after night - so following a frequent washing schedule is important. To make it easier on yourself, have a spare set of sheets for quicker change-outs.
Avoid overloading your washing machine by washing each set of sheets on their own. Set the temperature to either cold or warm and select a gentle cycle setting. Use a mild detergent and avoid overdoing it on the amount; in fact, it’s usually perfectly fine to use half the manufacturer’s suggested amount of detergent, unless your sheets are heavily soiled. You should also avoid fabric softeners and bleach, as they’ll cause the cotton fibers to break down more quickly. Once you’ve started the washing machine, step one is complete, so get yourself a glass of wine and the television remote before moving on to step two.
In about the same amount of time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite Netflix-binge series, it’s time to move on to step two. Try to remove your sheets as soon as the wash cycle ends and shake them out a bit before drying to help minimize wrinkles. The absolute best way to dry your bedding is outside on the clothesline, in the fresh air but out of direct sunlight. If that isn’t feasible for you, use the low heat setting on your dryer. Be careful not to over dry the sheets since this will lead to wrinkles and weakening of the fibers. Check the dryer often, occasionally gently shaking out the sheets to help them dry evenly and to find the right time to end the drying cycle. Fold your sheets or remake your bed right away, then jump in and savor that heavenly feel of fresh, clean, warm bed sheets.
Store your folded sheets in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Also make sure your sheets are allowed ventilation while being stored; cotton is a natural fiber that benefits from fresh air. Avoid storing your bedding in plastic bins that will trap in moisture and lead to mildew. For a really handy organization trick, place each folded set of sheets inside the matching pillowcase before storing on your closet shelf.
The feeling of freshly laundered sheets is one of life’s little pleasures, and when you love your sheets as much as our customers do, it makes the experience downright dreamy. Choosing premium cotton and quality manufacturing are important components to finding ultra-comfortable and long lasting bedding, but following a proper care regimen is the other key to longevity. Our sheets will get softer and better with each wash, so go ahead and follow this process early and often.