Easley Rid your Bed Sheets of Wrinkles.
What more delightful feeling is there than hopping into a clean, wrinkle-free bed?
Unfortunately,100% cotton sheets can wrinkle.
Cotton-poly sheets wrinkle less than 100% cotton sheets, but they don’t feel as nice next to the skin.
Some people ask, do I have to iron my sheets? The answer, of course, is no, you don’t have to, but smooth sheets feel wonderful next to your skin.
So, here are your options:
- Do nothing.
- Iron them.
- Better yet, find someone else to do this – housekeeper, your children, your spouse, or simply send them out to be laundered (not dry cleaned).
Or take a lesson from our playbook, identified below.
To start, minimize the wrinkles from the start.
To do this:
- Only wash one set of sheets in your washer at a time. Overloading the washer will not get them as clean, and they can get balled up, creating a strain on the fibers.
- Many people, when unmaking the bed, roll the sheets up into a ball. No problem, but unfurl them when you place them in the washing machine.
- As well, untangle them when you place them in the dryer, you want them to tumble freely.
- When they are done drying, don’t let them sit in the dryer, take them out slightly damp, and hand press them or put them back on the bed.
Now here is the trick.
Water, combined with tension, will remove wrinkles.
So, here is what you need to do.
- Find a spray bottle of water. We like to use fragranced water, and we sell it here, but regular tap water works just fine.
- Put your fitted sheet over the mattress, then spray a light mist of water on it. Because it is already under tension, the wrinkles will fall right out.
- Don’t worry if you spray too much water on it, it will dry in a few minutes.
- Place your flat sheet on the bed, tuck it, then go to the head of the bed and grab one corner.
- Pull-on it so that it is taut, then give it a light spray.
- Repeat these steps on the other side of the bed.
- Stuff your pillowcases.
- Grab the case by the cuff or opening with one hand, then spritz both sides of the case.
- Set the water bottle down and, with both hands on the flange, give the pillowcase an up-and-down shake. This will create the necessary tension to remove the wrinkles.
Your bed sheets should now look as if they have just been ironed.
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What is the best way to launder sheets?
- Use a mild detergent.
- Don’t overload the washing machine.
- One set of sheets in the washer at a time.
- Better yet, view our article on “how to properly wash bedsheets”.
What are the different textiles used in bedsheets?
- We think cotton is the best, it is the most popular.
- There are many other fibers used as well: linen, bamboo, modal, microfiber (polyester), cotton-poly blends, and satin (polyester) are some of the more popular.
- To understand the attributes of these different textiles, read our article, “different fabrics used in bedsheets.”
What are the different weaves in bedsheets?
- Percale and sateen are the 2 most popular.
- Oxford cloth, jersey, twill, and flannel weaves are also found in bedsheets.
- Read our article “what is the difference between sateen and percale” to learn more about these weaves.
- To learn about other textile weaves used in bedding, read our article “what are the different weaves used in bedsheets.”
What is Thread Count, and is it important?
- Thread count is the number of threads found in one square inch of fabric.
- High thread count often does not equate to high quality.
- Thread count is somewhat of a secondary consideration.
- The grade of the cotton used in the bedsheet is a better indicator of quality.
- To understand thread count in greater detail, read our article “what is thread count.”
How can you prevent white sheets from turning yellow?
- Wash them at least once a week, more frequently in warmer climates and seasons.
- Use a good detergent.
- Don’t use too much detergent, as if it doesn’t rinse out. The soap residue will begin to collect body oil and dead skin cells.
- For additional information on this topic, read our article “preventing your sheets from turning yellow.”