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Just Boys Bedding

Bedding Care Tips

How to Care for Bed Linens

Your bed linens are not only a very important part of your home’s décor, but also to your comfort level and sleep quality. Keeping your linens in great condition is important to a restful night sleep. One great idea to save the care instructions which come with every piece of bed linen. While the instructions are often sown in to the linen, it is helpful to tape the instructions on an index card and keep it near your laundry area for future reference.

How often you wash and dry bedding is really a matter of preference but once weekly is probably best as dirt, dust, and skin slough accumulate in even in the cleanest of homes. The following are our tips for washing, drying, storing and replacing your bed linens.

First and foremost: always read the sewn in care labels on your particular linen for specific detailed care instructions.

 Washing

  • To prevent shrinkage it is best to wash your linen in warm or cold water as hot water can cause shrinkage.
  • Wash sheets separately from towels or other clothing. This gives the sheets more room to circulate in the water, which means they'll get cleaner. Washing sheets alone also prevents damage caused by zippers and other fasteners, and it reduces the amount of pilling that can happen over time.
  • Special fabrics such as linen and silk may require a specialized detergent.
    • Silk is strong but needs special laundering to keep its fibers intact so hand-washing is the preferred method of washing. You also want to avoid wringing silk sheets. If you do machine wash do so on delicate or hand-wash cycle in cool water, using whatever special soap is recommended by the manufacturer.
    • Because linen is a durable natural fiber, it can withstand higher washing temperatures than other sheets. Also the more frequently they are washed, the softer they will become. Use a mild detergent, but avoid bleaches or detergents containing bleach.
  • Down comforters and thick blankets should be dry cleaned as they are often too large for even commercial washing machines and the process of washing and drying can damage the comforter material and filling.
  • Smaller blankets can be washed in the washing machine but should be washed alone to ensure they are washed thoroughly.
  • Most linens should not be washed using bleach as it is too harsh for most fabrics. Instead use detergents and add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to whiten white sheets.

Drying

  • You should tumble dry sheets on medium heat according to label instructions, and remove them before they're fully dry to help minimize wrinkles.
  • Make sure that your sheets are completely dry before folding to avoid mildew growth.
  • Ironing sheets is a great way to refresh them and keep them looking crisp and new.
  • Hang dry silk sheets on an outside line out of direct sun, or dry on the lowest setting above permanent press on the dryer.
  • Linen will dry more quickly than other fabrics, so the sheets won't need a hot or long dryer setting. Linen can be ironed at the hot linen setting on your iron.

Storage and Replacement

  • Keep sheets stored in a cool, dry closet or drawer.
  • For linens you use infrequently, such as guest linens or seasonal bedding, line your shelves or drawers with acid free tissue paper to keep the fabric from yellowing.
  • Avoid storing sheets in plastic containers, which can trap moisture and foster the growth of mildew.
  • A good option to save space is to store the folded sheet set inside one of its matching pillowcases, along with the second pillowcase. This also helps to keep all pieces in a set together.
  • Replace sheets as soon as you see signs of aging such as fading, fraying or set in stains. Sheets can be recycled in many ways, but one great tip is to let the kids use them for a sheet tent when playing inside.