Do you know we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed? One of the foundations to a wonderful night’s slumber is your bed’s sheets and linens, these are some interesting facts on bed linen.
Avoid Sheets With The Label “Wrinkle Free” And “Permanent Press”.
These sheets have been treated with formaldehyde resin – a toxic chemical that does not wash out of your sheets during regular laundering it stays within the fabric.
Organic Cotton Sheets
Organic Cotton is grown without the use of of pesticides, insecticides and defoliants on land that is certified free of these chemicals. Take note, that Oeko-Tex certified bed linen means that not only are the sheets, pillowcases, duvets and pillow shams made from organic cotton but also no toxic chemicals have been used during the entirety of the manufacturing process.
We are lead to believe the higher the thread count the better quality of the bed linen. This is a misrepresentation, it is the quality of the thread and the length of the fibre (short, long and extra long staple) that dictates quality and longevity of your bed linen.
The Most Common Weaves For Bed Linens Are – Sateen, Percale, Jersey and Flannel
- Sateen has usually a higher thread count, is smooth and soft with a lustrous sheen. Warmer than Percale.
- Percale is used specifically for sheeting, is crisp and cool to the touch. Best for warm climates.
- Jersey has been knitted meaning the yarns are looped rather than woven together, is breathable soft and stretchy.
- Flannel is a fabric of a plain or twill weave with a soft, fuzzy texture. Best for cold temperatures in the winter months.
- Pillowcases are the easiest, quickest and most cost effective replacement to update your bedding.
- Changing your Pillowcase every second day is a great way to ensure cleaner, clearer, healthier skin as your pillowcase collects dirt and oil from both your skin and hair.
Laundering Your Linens
- Laundering your sheets and pillowcases weekly then duvet cover and pillow shams monthly on a medium warm cycle.
- Please don’t use the hot settings whilst washing and drying it will break down and weaken the fibres causing your sheets deteriorate prematurely.
- Half load your dryer, this will allow the bed linen to dry evenly all over.
- Make sure to remove the linen promptly from the dryer when it becomes “touch dry” to avoid over-drying which causes shrinkage and stubborn wrinkles.
- Then fold or iron your linens before storing… Yes, ironing your linens is well worth the effort.
- In European bedrooms using a fitted sheet and with only the duvet and duvet cover, no top sheet is the standard. This is also becoming common in North American with upwards of 42% following suit.
Make Your Bed – Tidiness Begets Tidiness
By making your bed every morning, it not only keeps the dust mites at a minimum but makes climbing into Bed that night so much more enticing.