October 26, 2022 - products
Back to Basics: How to Care for Your Sheets
You’ve studied and shopped and made your new sheet purchase. Now, it’s time to take care of your bedding. Protect your investment and ensure they last as long as possible with these tips for caring for your sheets.
- When you first receive your sheets, take them out of the package and wash them before putting them on your bed. This gets the wrinkles out and clears any uncomfortable smells that may occur from production, packaging, or shipping.
Importance of Washing Your Bedding
If you sleep on your sheets daily, it is recommended to wash them every week. Adjust that standard and clean them more frequently if you have pets sleeping in your bed, have bad allergies, or sleep particularly warm and sweaty. Washing your sheets can feel like a pain, but our beds quickly accumulate dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin cells, and dust mites—no one wants to sleep with those.
Check the care tag of your particular sheets, but our general recommendations are below.
- Do not overload the washing machine. Doing so can create excessive abrasion and agitation, which will cause the fibers of your linens to break down faster than anticipated.
Malouf™ Sheet Set Washing Instructions:
- Wash linens separately from other laundry
- Treat any stains with a gentle, non-bleach stain remover before washing
- Use a mild detergent, preferably non-alkaline, without added bleach or whiteners
- Wash in warm water on a gentle cycle with a cold-water rinse
If you have the time and space, we recommend line-drying your sheets. If you choose to machine dry, we suggest the following steps:
Malouf™ Sheet Set Drying Instructions:
- Tumble dry on low heat—high heat will weaken the fibers, cause shrinkage, and shorten the life of your linens
- Remove from dryer while still slightly damp to minimize wrinkles
- Smooth and fold, or press with an iron as needed
If your sheets are not going directly back on your bed after washing them, there are a few tricks you can try to keep them fresh and clean. Linens should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. If you’re storing them for long periods, wrap each set in white cotton or acid-free paper, and avoid keeping them in plastic bags or boxes.
- While using sheets serves as a layer of protection for your mattress, we also recommend using a mattress protector. A mattress protector fights off liquids, allergens, and dust mites, while still allowing airflow and breathability.
Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of your linens, they are not made to last forever. Eventually, the fabrics will wear down and you won’t be able to wash things out as easily anymore. All Malouf sheet sets are protected by a 3-year warranty against manufacturer defects. If your linens are getting everyday use and being well-maintained, you can expect your sheets to last 2-3 years. You will want to start shopping for new linens when the fabric has visible wear and tear or discoloration, split seams, or noticeable odors even after laundering.
Your sheets are the only part of your bedding that actively touch your skin each night. You’ve made the deliberate purchase, now it’s important to make the effort to make your investment last. Follow these simple steps and your Malouf bedding will keep you comfortable and look great for years to come.