As the nights get colder, a set of flannel sheets is a welcome change for everyone. Made from cotton, flannel is lightweight and soft, as well as wonderfully warm and so perfect for winter months. Most commonly used as a material for bedding, flannel sheets – sometimes referred to as flannelette sheets – can change the way you sleep in wintertime.
BENEFITS OF FLANNELETTE BEDDING
This fibre is characterised by its natural warming properties, which comes as a result of the cotton fibres being brushed, allowing them to trap air and retain heat. Flannel bedding can therefore be identified by its texture: unlike regular cotton sheets, there’s a slight fuzz to flannelette that feels wonderful against the skin. Because it’s made from cotton however, it’s a material that’s relatively easy to maintain – whether you opt for high-maintenance care or the very basic.
FLANNEL BED LINEN CARE TIPS
FLANNELLETTE BEDDING WASHING TIPS
Flannel sheets can be washed in the washing machine at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. Make sure you wash similar colours together in order to minimise colour fading. Coloured or patterned flannel bedding should be washed on a delicate program setting with a low spin speed. Since flannel sheets are made with natural cotton, it may shrink by up to 3% after the first wash. URBANARA’s flannelette bed linen is deliberately manufactured to be a few centimetres larger than it should be, so it shrinks to the perfect size after the first wash.
DRYING YOUR FLANNEL BED SETS
Flannel sheets can be tumble-dried at a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius. This speeds up the drying time as well as giving the bedding an extra-soft feel. Tumble-drying also means that no ironing is necessary, since all the creases drop out whilst being dried. If you don’t own a dryer, flannel bedding can be dried by hanging on a clothes line and ironing at a maximum of 200 degrees Celsius.
FLANNEL BEDDING MAINTENANCE
Cotton flannel, after a while, can form small pills and fuzz. This is a natural feature of cotton and the nodules can be easily removed by brushing with a soft brush. To avoid this pilling for as long as possible, we recommend washing the sheets inside out and not washing with garments such as jeans or linen with large buttons and zippers as they may rub against the flannel and cause chafing.
STORING FLANNEL SHEETS
In the warm summer months, store flannelette bedding in a well-ventilated area, preferably with a consistent mild temperature. Place the complete bed set in a linen bag or in discarded sheets to protect it from dust. Just remember that the material of the sheet or bag should be breathable, as all natural fabrics can get mouldy. Grandmother’s tip: A bar of soap or unused dryer sheet will not only keep flannelette sheets fresh, but also protect them from moths.