As we spend a third of our lives sleeping, it’s important that our bed sheets remain clean and soft in order to help us get the best sleep possible. Cotton is an excellent choice of fabric for bed linen as it wicks away moisture helping to regulate your body temperature as you sleep. Cotton bed linen should be washed at least once a week to prevent bacteria from forming. As such regular washing is required, it is worth adhering to a few guidelines in order to optimise the softness and durability of the bedding.
HOW TO CARE FOR COTTON BED LINEN
Cotton sheets can be washed in the washing machine at a temperature of 40°C with similar colours. Printed and coloured pillowcases and duvet covers should be washed inside out to preserve the brightness of the colour. Be wary not to overfill your washing machine as this can make the detergent less effective - we recommend washing just one set of bed sheets at a time. If your cotton sheets are stained, they can be treated with a pre-stain treatment and then washed in hot water rather than warm. Fabric softener should only be used if your water is very hard as the softener tends to coat the fabric making it less absorbent.
Ideally, cotton sheets should be line-dried to keep them as fresh as possible, but drying in a tumble dryer on a medium heat is also perfectly fine. Remove them from the dryer just before the end of the cycle when they are slightly damp and shake out the sheets or hang them over a door in order to remove the creases.
For that fresh hotel look, then you will need to iron the bed linen. It is best to iron the sheets when they are slightly damp. Use quick and long strokes up and down the ironing board making sure the iron does not stay in one spot for too long.
Keep cotton sheets folded in a cool dry cupboard or drawer. Avoid storing sheets in plastic containers which can trap moisture and encourage the growth of mildew.