The feeling of getting swaddled by a new sheet can make even the grumpiest of adults excited.
Sheets are that special to us as they are our gateway to a sound sleep.
Most buyers pay attention to the design, size, quality, material, and thread count but always forget to carry out the most crucial post-purchase step – washing!
Why You Must Wash New Sheets
You must have noticed your new sheets were crisp and smooth after taking out the packaging.
The only ingredient that keeps your sheets fresh and wrinkle-free is a starch called sizing. This sizing keeps the sheets bunch-free and smooth to drive the customers towards their product.
Directly sleeping on such sheets can cause harm to your skin. Apart from sizing starch, most manufacturers try to use packaging chemicals to keep the bugs and moths at bay while the sheet rests on the shelves.
The frequent use of urea-formaldehyde resin is excellent for fabrics, but it has been noted to have excess respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and asthma.
Most acrylic and polyester synthetic fabrics use chemical dyes to get the desired color. These harmful azo-aniline dyes can rub on your skin and cause reactions like red patches, eczema, sweat marks, and inflamed skin.
Considering all these harsh chemicals lingering on your sheets, we highly recommend that you wash your sheets before using them. Additionally, after giving the new sheets a rinse, you can easily spot any tears, holes, or strings and catch a defeat at its earliest.
Thus, giving you a greater chance to exchange and return under the warranty window for a new non-defective set.
Proper ways of washing new sheet
Let us look at the ultimate way of washing your bed sheets securely.
1. Read the labels
Checking the instructions is always a smart idea before tossing the sheets in the machine. The tags will help clear out any warnings and special care to be taken while washing.
Most cotton and common blends do not need extra attention, but reading will surely help if the sheet has some new material that you aren’t particularly familiar with.
2. One (day) at a time
New sheets launder way better when the machine has plenty of room. Adding two new sheets will make them compete for space, and you won’t get the resins and starch out completely.
Therefore, try to wash one sheet at a time for the best results. If you own a top load, ensure that the sheets do not get damaged by the machine’s agitator, proper placement of the sheets will quickly solve this.
3. Temperature matters
We highly recommend washing your new sheets in semi-hot to cold water.
You can wash extra dirty sheets later with a heavy wash cycle of hot water. Polyester blends wash excellent in warm water, while cotton can tolerate hot water.
1. Raid your kitchen cabinet and take a cup of baking soda for the wash cycle. It is imperative to avoid chemical detergents during the first wash. The chemicals get locked in the sheet and heavily contribute to the stiffness soon after the sheet dries.
2. Wash the sheet on a mild to the regular washing cycle. You can opt for warm or cold water for this step. Make sure to push the sheets inside the water as the starch makes it hard to absorb the water in the initial stage.
3. While preparing for the rinsing cycle, add a cup of white vinegar to the sheets. Keep the temperature of the machine cold during this step. This ingredient is optional, but adding vinegar makes the sheet softer and cleaner.
It is crucial that you correctly set your dryer settings. Always tumble dry sheets on a low setting for a short time.
This low setting helps minimize the risk of shrinking fabrics, which is very common in new clothes, especially cotton ones. You will even get a more wrinkle-free sheet than regular cycles. If you have an option of air-drying, we highly recommend trying it, at least for the first time.
The air will naturally dry out your new sheets while keeping them wrinkle and shrinkage-free. You can iron the sheets if you like to sleep on crisp fresh laundry. It will also reduce the space, helping you store the sheets in less space.
Caring For Different Fabrics
We have included some of the excellent care tips for most fabrics.
Consider reading it before hitting the washing station at your house for your second wash.
Silk and Satin Sheets
Silk and satin are the most delicate fabrics available on the market. You cannot use regular harsh soap pods and detergents for washing these sheets.
Consider buying a specially formulated mild fabric detergent for such types of clothes. A gentle cold setting is preferred; at the same time, avoid using any chemical softener or bleach for rinse cycles.
Silks and satins will get highly damaged if they contact a hot dryer. Use a clothesline or dry on a cold setting.
Luckily, cotton is elementary to care for. You can toss cotton sheets with any detergent on a warm setting.
You can tumble dry the sheets on medium to low heat but consider removing out early for fewer wrinkles. Caring for your expensive pure cotton is as simple as that.
Linen sheets are significantly related to cotton sheets, but their weaker fiber structure calls for special attention and cleaning measures.
You need to use a gentle or natural detergent to wash linen sheets. Always use low heat for tumbling dry on a gentle setting.
Remember to always wash bamboo sheets in cold water with a gentler cycle. Always wash bamboo sheets separately to avoid the misfortunate event getting tangled in hooks and zippers.
Stay away from bleach and opt for line drying. It will surely help preserve the bedding’s elasticity, color, and fibers.
That was our article on washing the sheets with utmost care.
As mentioned earlier, always wash your new sheets before using them and follow our detailed guide to avoid ruining your new purchase.
We all know that your bed sometimes becomes your makeshift workstation, dining table, and pet arena, so we highly recommend washing the sheets every four days to avoid getting skin rashes and achieve better sound sleep.