Just as any plant grows with love and care, linen and sateen bed sheets bring you the most pleasant moments if you take care of them. After every careful wash, linen sheets become softer and more pleasant to touch. With gentle care, flax and cotton fabrics will serve you for decades. So how to take care of linen, sateen bedding, and towels, so they last long?
We advise you to always wash your bed sheets and towels before using them for the first time. After the first wash, towels absorb the moisture better, so you won’t have that wet skin feeling.
By washing your bedsheets, the natural fibers shrink slightly. You also remove any industrial smells, dust, or loose fibers that may cause skin itching.
Most importantly, never forget to read the care labels. The instructions might slightly differ from one product to another, so make sure to know what is correct in your case.
Change towels and bedding once a week, so your skin feels that fresh fabric sense again. It is advisable to change the pillow covers every 3 days as this protects your face skin from dirt, sweat and bacteria.
Wash your bedding separately from another laundry (or together with similar color and fabric clothes). Never overload the washing machine since this can cause fabric damage.
When washing, set up to 40-degree water temperature and never use products containing bleach or some harsh detergents. It is best to use natural, eco-friendly laundry detergents. Yet, always check the ingredients (even in eco-friendly detergents) as you certainly want to avoid the ones with bile or citric acid. These and other aggressive ingredients are likely to leave strains or cause color changes.
Although it is best to air dry natural fabrics, you can tumble dry your linen and sateen bed sheets at a low to medium temperature on a gentle cycle.
Most importantly, don’t over dry. Ideally, take out sheets from the drying machine when they are still slightly wet and hang them or let them dry on a flat surface.
Contrarily, feel free to tumble dry your towels - this will keep them pleasant to touch and fluffy.
Although most people prefer the natural look of the fabrics, if you want that luxurious hotel-looking bedroom, iron your bedding. To do that, use medium to hot temperature for cotton fabrics. Iron linen sheets when they are slightly damp. For that, use a medium to hot temperature with steam.
If you have white bedding (and a balcony or backyard), it is best to let it dry in the sun. The sun works as a natural bleacher and disinfectant.
However, the sun has an opposite effect on darker or brightly colored towels and bedsheets - it might cause color fades.
To keep the colors longer and protecting the sheets from fading, wash your bed sheets inside out.
Besides, keep in mind your skincare products. Some aggressive ingredients (usually found in acne treatment or exfoliating products) as benzoyl peroxide and AHA acids can cause discoloration or bleaching.
To remove the stains, try to clean them as fast as you notice them. Sprinkle some baking soda and a few drops of vinegar (or some other not-too-harsh stain remover). Gently rub (don’t scrub) the fabric with a dry cloth, let it absorb the moisture. Repeat these steps until the stain disappears. If that doesn’t work, bring your sheets to a professional cleaning service.
Taking care of the bedding and towels increases their longevity. You get to enjoy them longer and at the same great quality. Most importantly, you need to buy new products less often. That’s an investment that definitely pays off.