How to Care for Your Bedsheets: Tips and Tricks for Longevity

How to Care for Your Bedsheets: Tips and Tricks for Longevity - Vaaree

We all know bedsheets are a big part of our sleep routines. But did you also know that bedsheets can affect the quality of your skin, hair, and even health? This is exactly why we have created this comprehensive guide about bedding maintenance. Read on and follow it to keep your bedsheets and health in good shape for years to come!

All about Washing Bed Sheets

Depending on the bed sheet material, bed sheet care instructions can vary. As a precautionary measure, read the label on your bedsheet and couple it with the below-stated process.

  • Choose to change and wash your bedsheets every week. If you sweat a lot, we recommend changing your sheets twice a week.
  • The first step is to soak the bed sheet in warm water, preferably with a mild or liquid detergent. 
  • If there are stains on the bed sheet, scrub it off with a stain remover before tossing it in the machine. 
  • After soaking the sheet for a few hours, transfer it to a washing machine to finish the process. Ensure the cycle is set on ‘delicate’ and water is always ‘cold’ preferably under 30°C. Use only 1/4th cup of detergent for the longevity of bed sheets.
  • Lastly, no matter what the color, avoid using bleach as it wears out its delicate fibers. 
  • As a thumb rule, dark colors should always be washed separately.

Pro tip: Add fabric softener or your favorite essential oil in the rinse cycle for your bedsheets to feel buttery soft and smell like a dream!

Note: The above-stated tips for bed sheet care are for cotton, organic cotton, bamboo, linen, polyester, and blended bedsheets. For silk bed sheets, we recommend hand washing or giving them to a professional laundry for cleaning. 

All about Drying Bed Sheets

Drying bed sheets is one of the most overlooked yet crucial steps in their maintenance. Too much drying = deteriorated fibres. Too less drying = wrinkly skin feel. So, what is the right way to dry bed sheets? Let’s find out:

  • Always keep the spin/tumble cycle to the minimal setting.
  • Do not combine different fabrics or overload the machine during the drying cycle to prevent bed sheets from twisting, stretching, and getting lint balls.
  • Air drying bed sheets is recommended. However, avoid drying them in harsh and direct sunlight to maintain the bedsheet’s original color and skin-feel.

Note: The above-stated tips for bed sheet care are for cotton, organic cotton, bamboo, linen, polyester, and blended bedsheets. For silk bed sheets, we recommend giving them to a professional laundry for cleaning. 

All About Storing Bed Sheets

The last and the most important step of bed sheet fabric care is storing. 

  • Once the bed sheet is washed, dried and thus clean, neatly fold and keep them in a breathable fabric bag. The ideal method is to stack a clean bed sheet between two pillowcases. 
  • Avoid using zipped storage solutions as the lack of air leads to yellow stains especially on light colored bed sheets. 
  • No matter how tempting it might get, never stack bed sheets even use ONCE with freshly washed sheets. 
  • If a clean bed sheet is not used for long – let’s say a month, rinse and dry it again before using it to avoid allergic triggers.

For more such tips and tricks on caring for your soft furnishings refer to Vaaree’s Inside Scoop On Home-Care Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

  1. How often should I wash my bedsheets?

You should wash your bedsheets at least once a week. However, optimal bed sheet cleaning depends on usage. For instance, if you have stained the bedsheet with your sweat or food, wash it immediately. 

  1. What is the best way to wash bed sheets?

The best way to wash bed sheets is on a delicate cycle with mild detergent and cold water preferably under 30°C. 

  1. How do I remove stains from my bedsheets?

Removing stains from bed sheets is a task easier said than done. Your best bet is to remove the stain before it sets by rubbing the spot with plain water and a soft cloth. If the stain has set, soak that part of the sheet in warm water and then wash with a special stain-removing soap like Vanish. 

  1. How do I store my bedsheets when not in use?

Storing a clean bed sheet right is one of the tricks for bed sheet care that is mastered by only a few. 

  • Never store clean bedsheets with used ones.
  • Store bed sheets in a breathable fabric bag.
  • Neatly fold the sheet after ironing to keep the wrinkles minimal. 
  1. How often should I replace my bedsheets?

How often you should replace your bed sheets absolutely depends on the usage and bed sheet thread count as well as material and care taken for maintenance. On average, most bedsheets should be replaced every 3-5 years or if you see visible signs like holes, rough skin-feel, and discoloration.

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