How to wash and Iron Cotton Sheets

A good question, how do you wash and iron cotton sheets?

Today’s modern and usually hectic lifestyles make it impossible for some of us to stand there hours on end making the sheets and duvet covers look as good as the day you unwrapped them from the packaging, but, we have to wash the sheets at least every week for hygiene reasons so this is unfortunately a necessary evil.

The end result is truly one of life’s little luxuries as you will no doubt agree that there is nothing finer than getting to freshly washed and ironed cotton sheets.

So how can we reduce the time and stress involved in this labour intensive process and still keep our bedding looking clean and fresh all year round?

Cotton Duvet Sets

Cotton sheets and duvet covers are known for being much harder to look after than bed linen made from a mix of material such as polyester and cotton.

Cotton is excellent at absorbing moisture which is vital in creating the ideal sleeping environment as they wick away the heat and moisture from the body but the down side is that if you try to dry them out to much they will crease.

To combat this effect most manufacturers now include an easy-care finish which is part of the dying process which helps eliminate the creasing factor but of you still dry them to a crisp in the tumble drier no amount of easy care will stop them looking like you have just picked them up of the floor.

Washing and drying pure cotton

Don’t be put off buying pure cotton sheets or Egyptian cotton duvet covers as there are a few tricks you can use that will help you make the most out of your washing and drying time.

1: Pre stain treatments

Pre stain treatments are normally very good if your sheets and duvet covers have been soiled in a particular place and not all over.

Accidents in bed do happen such as when you have a drink like tea or coffee, or for the more adventurous, a glass of wine. Cotton sheets are not dyed in the same way as polycotton sheets and the white or colour can be washed away over time if you use a stain treatment that is too harsh.

Cotton is naturally grey so you can expect to see a optical greying of the fabric if this is done too often or if you use an incorrect treatment, also check for colour fastness first. Pre washing is normally better in this instance especially if the stain is over a wider area.

2: Eco setting

Most modern fabrics produced today can be washed on a Eco setting that uses less energy and water during the cycle, if your machine does not have this setting revert back to the wash care label to see what the maximum temperature the manufacturer suggests.

This would normally be no more than 40 degrees and if the sheets are not heavily soiled you can get away from the more environmentally sound setting of 30 Degrees Celsius.

A pre wash is not always required so you save the environment and your electric bill, just go for the eco wash as this is normally more than sufficient.

3: Fabric conditioners or softeners

Fabric conditioners or softeners are not always needed as cotton sheets are soft in the first place, they are only needed if the area you live in has hard water or water than needs to be filtered before use.

Most washing powders have some form of additive in them to make the water more effective so doubling up on this is just a waste of money and more chemicals being flushed down the drains and into our water courses which as we now know is not good for the environment.

Try to wash the bedding once a month without fabric conditioners if you can so it helps the absorbency rate of the cotton stay as good as new.

4: Tumble or line drying?

This is where things can get tricky.

Let’s say you have used the best water and the very best washing powder and the sheets are soft and sumptuous as they leave the washing machine.

How do we dry the sheets without them creasing like mad and driving you insane? For the best results you cannot beat drying the bedding on the washing line, the natural weight of the cotton will remove the vast majority of the creases and the slow dry out period of the wind and sun will stop the cotton from completely drying out.

If you have no choice like living in an apartment or in the depths of winter and you need to use the tumble drier the trick here is to use the lowest setting you can and dry them over time without the use of excessive heat.

Remove them from the tumble drier whilst they are slightly damp, not wet and heavy but still damp and moist. You can them hang them over a door or even dress the bed and within 10 to 15 minutes they will be dry and ready for you to use and they will look and feel great.

5: Ironing

5: If you want out of the packet looks every time then you will need to iron the sheets and duvet covers, to achieve the best results and make things easier it is best to iron the bedding while they are still slightly damp.

Trying to iron out creases on dry cotton is not the easiest of tasks and generally will require a commercial ironing press. Wetting the fabric as you iron can help but this is still not going to be as good as pressing them while they are still damp.

Ironing is a skill and it can take you several attempts to find the best way and position, if you have ever tried pressing fitted sheets with the elasticated corners you will know what we mean.

Dry cleaning can be expensive and can sometime damage fragile nature of very high thread count cotton sheets so if you want pristine results hire someone to iron them for you or get out your ironing board and start learning as soon as you can.

Another trick here is not to have your iron too hot and do not leave it in one place for very long, use quick and long strokes up and down the ironing board to get rid of the creases more effectively.

1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Not all cotton bedding is equal, more and more of our customers are now choosing higher thread count luxury bed linen and one of the most popular is the 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding range.

The Sheridan brand

Sheridan is made from a superior grade of hotel quality cotton sateen and not from the more luxurious Egyptian cotton we have all come to love and appreciate for its soft, cool and crisp texture.

There is nothing finer than slipping between the sheets when your bedding has just been washed. The long staple fibres make this a technical marvel, you need this extra length in order to spin the cotton that much finer, the results are clear for all to see with a super crisp or silky satin feel to your bedding.

There are other areas in the world that produce extremely high quality cotton but Egyptian cotton has become a brand in its own right. The conditions found in Egypt are superb and are just right for a consistently high yield every year that is why you can always rely on getting a good quality product.

Why choose 1000 thread count bedding?

What makes it superior to other grades of Bedding? Well, cotton is sold in different grades and the more expensive the bedding the better quality the cotton that is used in the manufacturing process.

Peter Reed 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Take for example our Peter Reed 1000 Thread Count Egyptian cotton bedding range.

This awesome fabric uses choice select crops and utilises the finest mills in Egypt to produce that fabric which is then shipped off to their Lancashire factory to seamstresses using age old techniques to hand craft the finest bedding you will find anywhere in the world.

Only found in the best shops on the high street this bedding is all about attention to detail and quality and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Not the cheapest bed linen in the world but you certainly receive what you pay for in terms of quality and luxury.

Hotel Quality

More and more bedding is sold as Hotel Quality. What is hotel quality and why is this important? Another very good question, hotels have over the years have used a variety of different fabrics and thread counts and spent millions developing the best bedding fabrics to use.

They have key indicators such as washing, drying and ironing capabilities to find out how things react and how quickly they can be laundered and used again.

Customer experience is also vital in this process as good feedback and a fantastic sleep will make their customers into loyal ones that return year after year.

Sheridan 1000 Count White Cotton Sheets

Brand loyalty is very important in the hotel sector so if it is good for them it is certainly very good for the domestic market.

Cost price is also an issue so getting the right mix of longevity and quality is vital for the success of the best hotels in the world.

Our Sheridan Hotel Quality 1000 Thread Count Cotton Sateen bedding is a very good example of this, strong and extremely robust whilst giving you the best mix of sumptuous cotton you will ever have the pleasure of sleeping on.

Cheaper than Egyptian cotton but no less as luxurious and one of the best high thread count luxury bed linens on the UK market today.

Preparing cotton the right way

As cotton is a natural product, the quality used to make the yarns is paramount in creating high quality woven bedding. Growing conditions like the weather, grade of soil and ideal temperature conditions effect the outcome of the plant type and quality.

The care with which the cotton is prepared before being made into a yarn that can be woven all go to determine the quality of the bedding that you sleep on.

A lot of the traditional techniques have gone and only a hand full of factories still manufacturer Egyptian cotton bedding in the old ways.

Heavy weight luxury bed linen

Belledorm 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

One fine example of this heavy weight luxury bed linen is made by Belledorm, we stock the entire range including their 1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton bedding is so good that it is one of our absolute favourites.

Not a cheap bedding range by any means but well worth the investment as the final product is what you would expect the Pharaohs’ to sleep on.

High grade cotton that has been expertly crafted into a plain yet elegant luxury bed linen that is sure to give you that stay in bed feeling every time.

Nothing has been compromised, this is a bedding range that has not succumb to the cost cutting exercises that many other manufacturers have had to do in order to remain competitive, this is all about the product.

Quality and customer satisfaction are the only two words that come to mind and this can only be bought if money is not your key concern. So just to recap, bedding that is made to these exacting standards all have the following in common:

  1. Superior Grade of Cotton
  2. Long Staple Fibres
  3. Fine Silky Yarns
  4. Strong and Robust
  5. Quality and Craftsmanship
  6. Longevity
  7. Hotel Quality
  8. Mercerisation
  9. Sanforisation
  10. Low Chemical and Bleach Usage

Remember we stock this extremely strong and durable fabric from some of the most well known bedding brands in the UK such as Belledorm, Peter Reed and Sheridan.

Sheridan Half Price Duvet Covers

We all like to grab a bargain so take a look at our sensational Sheridan duvet cover sale, we always bring you the best value for money bedding we can but these half price offers are just too good to miss.

For a limited time only we have a few tempting 50% OFF summer duvet cover and cotton sheets for you to take advantage of.

Who are Sheridan?

If you have never tried Sheridan luxury bedding before then getting them for this price is surely the right reason to start sleeping on some of the finest designer bedding available in the UK.

For over 26 years they have been supplying the best department stores on the high streets, using the latest fashionable trends and up to date colour schemes Sheridan create some absolutely stunning duvet cover designs that stand the test of time.

We have chosen three awesome designs for our sale and to back these up we have also included our popular 400 thread count cotton sateen bedding range in the half price offer. Go on treat yourself today from the following selection:

Camden

Sheridan Camden Duvet Cover

A freshly-coloured take on a contemporary stripe, Camden makes a bold, vibrant statement.

Inspired by an architectural colour palette of neutrals, anthracite’s and bark, the clean lines are punctuated with a crisp red.

A stunning printed design, Camden brings a touch of urban city chic to your bedroom setting.

* 100% Cotton Sateen
* 400 Thread Count
* Designer Collection
* Fully Reversible

Welby

Sheridan Welby Duvet Covers

Welby strikes a mood of quiet opulence with the sensual shimmer of a sateen weave. Stripes of a subtle sheen against a matt background make a play of light and shade.

Made from the world’s finest Supima cotton and beautifully tailored and finished, Welby is divinely comfortable and fashionably chic for a truly indulgent bedroom setting.

The classic colour palette will coordinate perfectly with many designs in the Sheridan range.

* 100% Supima Cotton Sateen
* 400 Thread Count
* Striped Bedding
* Luxury Range

Sellick

Sheridan Sellick Duvet Cover

Sellick celebrates the modern fascination with lace and lace-like patterns. A special honeycomb texture is woven into the damask outline to create a three dimensional effect.

Combining matt and shine within the one surface, this design shows how visual pleasure can be combined with the touch of luxury.

* 50%/50% Polyester Jacquard Weave
* 100% Cotton Sateen Reverse
* 300 thread count

Sheridan 400 thread count cotton sateen bedding

Sheridan 400 Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

Sheridan 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen bedding is blended from super soft cool and crisp percale cotton.

Using only the finest materials and workmanship to produce an extremely high quality sateen bedding range, this soft, cool and crisp fabric is sumptuous and sensuous to the touch and is a dream to sleep on.

Manufactured from the finest long staple yarns and woven to an extremely high standard, the fitted sheets have a 12.5″ Box depth to accommodate today’s extra deep mattresses and mattress toppers.

To complete the range Sheridan have made some superb quality duvet covers, flat sheets, pillowcases and base valances to ensure that you have all the items you need to produce a sumptuous bedroom setting.

To view these great prices visit our Sheridan page in our online store!