Chances are you are going to spend more time in your bed than anywhere else. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recommends about 8 hours each night for adults. So if you are sleeping like you should, you will end up spending a third of your life in bed. So, you are going to want to have a bed that is comfortable, clean and well kept.
When you think of a comfortable bed, you probably think about your mattress. Of course a great mattress is important, but don’t forget about your sheets and pillowcase. You will sleep much better knowing that your sheets and pillowcase are as they should be. Everybody sweats and sheds dead skin cells while sleeping, so it is important to do more than just changing your sheets.
Cleaning Sheets And Pillowcases
Your sheets and pillowcases may have specific instructions for the best way to take care of them. If so, you’ll want to follow those instructions. But, most of us don’t keep those instructions on hand. Or, forget where they are when it is time to use them. So, here is some general information that will help you identify what should be done with your sheets and pillowcases. Keep in mind, if you are using a set of expensive silk sheets, you’ll probably want to do some research on your own before washing them — just in case.
Wash Them First
With any set of sheets, it is a good idea to wash them before using them the first time. This will eliminate the chemical treatments put on the fabric during manufacture. Most sheets are packaged with something called sizing. It helps give those sheets a crisp, smooth appearance in the hopes that it will entice shoppers to take them home. Sizing can be made with some chemicals that you may not want to be sleeping with. Those include butane, propane and formaldehyde. Play it safe and give them a wash before installing them in your bed.
- Cotton sheets and pillowcases: Cotton sheets and pillowcases should be washed at least once a week — sometimes even more often — for example, if you have been under the weather. It is best to wash sheets and pillowcases in their own load if you can. One thing you will want to avoid is washing them in the same load as items like moldy dish rags, oily rags and towels, or heavily soiled clothing. Most cotton sheets and pillowcases can be washed at any temperature. Use a good quality, color-fast detergent. Washing them at high temperatures will help cut down on the amount of allergens. Nobody likes allergens! For dark colors, wash and rinse in cool water so they don’t fade. Dry your cotton sheets and pillowcases at medium to low temperatures to increase their longevity.
- Silk sheets and pillowcases: If you are sleeping in silk sheets, they you know what luxury is all about. Good quality silk sheets are pretty much always spendy so they’ll need a little more TLC to keep them in great shape. You should not treat these like a regular set of sheets or pillowcases. Silk sheets should be hand washed for the first few weeks of use — assuming that you clean them once a week. This will help the fibers in your silk sheets get broken in for subsequent washings. Be sure that you use lukewarm water and a good detergent that is meant for washing silk sheets and pillowcases. Do not vigorously scrub silk sheets. The fibers will be damaged and give the sheets a rough texture. That doesn’t sound very luxurious. Another tip: Wrap them in a towel before you twist the water out of them instead of just wringing them out. Once you have hand washed them several times, you can start putting them in the washing machine. Always use the delicate setting. Use water that isn’t hot — 85 degrees (F) or less. Wash your silk sheets and pillowcases by themselves, using only one rinse and spin cycle. Hanging them out to dry on a clothesline should be your first choice. If that isn’t an option, use your dryer at the lowest possible temperature. Once they have dried, you will need to iron them if you want to maintain that crisp look with no wrinkles. This is not necessary, just up to your personal preference.
- Satin sheets and pillowcases: Satin sheets and pillowcases are similar to silk, in that, they will require some extra TLC. Again, give these a wash once a week. Satin sheets and pillowcases ought to be hand washed in lukewarm water with a gentle detergent. Make sure to be very gentle with these. Wet satin can be torn pretty easily. Then, wring them out after wrapping them inside a towel. You can dry satin sheets and pillowcases on a clothesline or in the dryer at the lowest possible setting.
Benefits Of A Silk Pillowcase
Silk pillowcases are becoming more popular. Why is that? Here is a quick look at just three of the reasons people are using silk pillowcases.
They are breathable: The moisture-wicking property of silk makes a silk pillowcase a good way to restore the beauty in your hair. The silk can absorb around 30 percent of its own weight in moisture while remaining dry. So, it can take some of the moisture out of your hair — helping it to stay in good condition.
They are non-irritating: Because they are made from perfectly smooth fibers, they will not cause any mechanical irritation. Also, the similar structure to human hair will reduce split ends.
They are hypoallergenic and reduce sleep creases: Silk has a natural resistance to dust mites, mold, fungus and other allergens. Also, it does not pick up as much bacteria as something like cotton. Silk also helps your skin stay healthy and smooth, reducing on wrinkles.
Bed Care — Because We Care
Wilding Wallbeds wants to help you get the most out of your bed — whether it is a Murphy Bed, wall bed or a regular bed. That is the reason behind the Ultimate Bed Care Guide. With the proper maintenance, your bed should keep you comfortable for years to come. Take care of your bed and it will take care of you. For more information about bed maintenance, check out these guides on Pillow, Blanket And Comforter Care; How To Clean Your Mattress And Box Spring; Stains And How To Clean Them; and General Cleaning And Mattress Maintenance. Or you can contact Wilding Wallbeds for assistance with any bed care questions and concerns.