Cotton Bedlinen: How to iron them for best results

We are always being asked for bedlinen that does not need ironing, or just little bit of ironing but definitely not like the cotton sheets of old that required hours of pressing in order for them to look as good as new.

A good quality polyester cotton percale fabric with an Easy Care finish would normally take care of this issue but more and more appreciate the finer things in life and 200 threads per square inch does not cut it anymore and unfortunately the finest poly-cotton sheets are normally only woven to this minimum standard as they are still perceived to at the bottom end of the market.

So how then do we get over this problem? Cotton sheets come with ‘bad press’ when it comes to ironing.

Some of the premium quality high thread count sheets are both mercerised and sanforised (see this Wikipedia entry about mercerised cotton and this one about sanforization for the technical lowdown).

These help reduce shrinkage and pilling and a new treatment in the last few years adds an easy care finish in with the dying stage which helps reduce creasing. This method was first introduced in a luxury cotton sheet range.

But in order to truly help with this problem of creasing, we first need to understand why this happens.

Cotton is superb at absorbing moisture which is why it is used in bedding as it helps the body cool down using the wicking method, which takes moisture from the body allowing a more natural cooling process.

When cotton is mixed with water and then dried very quickly using a modern tumble drier, it is this process that causes the fabric to shrink by a small amount causing creases to appear.

Drying cotton bed linen

So what is best practice? Line drying your bedlinen is the best way, the creases just fall out leaving you with a soft fabric that has relaxed whilst drying and it then only takes a few minutes to iron out the offending problem.

If you need to use a machine to dry the cotton then dry until slightly damp and take them out of the machine and dress the bed in the normal way and the cotton will dry out in approximately 10 minutes leaving the fabric up to 80% crease free.

Good washing results come with good care, always read the label to achieve the optimum results. Most commercial and high street laundries use large machines that do not have a gentle washing action and also use water that is often too high in temperature, this could cause a untreated fabric to shrink and skew in shape prematurely.

Top this off with a high speed spin and you could ruin the long term feel and handle of your cotton sheets. Best practice is to use a good domestic washing machine and a gentle action with an economy heat cycle of less than 40 degrees.

Hard to Find 4FT Fitted Sheets and Valances

NEW 4FT Fitted Sheets and Valances, more and more bed manufacturers are selling the small double now instead of the standard UK double size. There are many reasons for this such as room sizes in newer houses are getting smaller and also the fact that the elderly do not need such a big bed as they get older.

The 4FT mattress measures 122cm x 190cm were as the standard double mattress measures 135cm x 190cm, although only 13cm (5″) in difference the effect can be quite dramatic.  We are getting more enquiries for luxury 4FT fitted sheets than ever before, were as the staple  50%/50% poly-cotton fabric was once the only choice available now you can purchase premium Egyptian Cotton Hotel quality sheets such as our best selling range of 4FT Egyptian Cotton Fitted Sheets.

Although the cotton fitted sheets are normally only sold in white and ivory, you can get the poly cotton sheets in wide range of colours in both the standard fabric and the upgraded 4FT 200 Count Polycotton Percale Fitted Sheets with a good selction of matching box pleat valances.

We stock the Belledorm range of 4FT small double bedding range as they offer a very generous 5 year manufacturers guarantee with every product they sell giving the peace of mind that comes with a quality product.

To complete the whole picture we also supply the best selection of 4FT Mattress Protectors and 4FT Mattress Toppers, they will give your NEW or OLD tired mattress that little bit of something special – a real bedtime treat!

4FT Fitted Sheets and Valances
4FT Fitted Sheets and Box Pleat Valances

What cotton should I choose for my new bedlinen?

We are always getting asked this question, what is the best cotton and why is it the best for use in bedlinen?

The most popular cottons are Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton, both are a superior grade and have some of the longest staple fibers found in any cotton. this is essential if you need to weave high thread count fabrics as the extra long fibers offer a more robust and much stronger yarns as there is more material to twist together.

Cotton being an organic product is superior in its absorbency and softness, the better quality the plants the larger the cotton buds become, lush fertile conditions such as the Nile Delta region in Egypt and the lush fertile South American plains are ideal for this crop.

Take a look at out information page: Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton

Quite simply the finest cotton is woven into the highest thread count, lookout for brand names such as Sheridan and Belledorm as they supply some of better quality known luxury cotton bedlinen, names you can trust with over 25 years experience in providing industry leading fabrics and design.

Premium Cotton Duvet Sets
Premium Cotton Duvet Sets

Good quality cotton is also ideal for dying, Sheridan have created some of the finest bedding sets from a base quality of Pima cotton, ranging from 300 thread count to a super soft 400 thread count. Percale fabrics offer the very best in terms of quality and feel, choose anything over 200 thread count to achieve the minimum required percale standard.

Have a look at our Duvet Cover buying guide for a little bit more information, wash care tips and fabric care are essential to know when choose the right cotton fabrics.

We can also offer a little bit of information on modern bedlinen as we will try to bring you more and more tips in the coming weeks.

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