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Ironing cotton sheets

Cotton Sheets

Cotton sheets are made from a natural material that has been used for making good quality bedlinen for centuries.

Choosing the right quality of cotton is essential to receive the best ironing results, cheap cotton sheets are covered with a silicone finish that washes away after a few washes leaving a rough and uncomfortable fabric that is hard to care for and feels itchy to touch and not smooth for sleeping on.

Like most things in life cotton is graded in lots of different qualities, like buying a car you can get a basic model and a luxury model of the same thing.

Well, cotton is just the same, cheap cotton sheets use the basic or rougher cotton portion which is sometimes full of impurities and much more of the actual plant than the soft fluffy cotton bud.

Yes, you can guess that the superior quality cotton sheets are made from the pure long staple fibres of the plant which you normally associate with luxury brands of Egyptian cotton.

Made in the UK Luxury Cotton Sheets

Most top quality brands of bedlinen use the superior quality of cotton while your lesser well known plain packaged cotton sheets will use the cheaper stuff.

Beware, you will get what you pay for but how can we help you with keeping them pristine no matter what your budget is?

The manufacturer will have their set of guidelines for you to adhere to, these are found on the sewn in wash care label tab, normally found on the underside of the sheet.

Made up of words and symbols it is good practice to get to know what these mean before loading your new cotton sheets in to the washing machine.

Washing cotton sheets

Use the correct setting, today’s modern washing machine and washing powders allow you to wash cotton at much lower temperatures and still keep the sheets looking optically white.

Eco friendly powders do not use bleaches or harmful caustic sodas so they are as kind to the environment and not abrasive to the delicate cotton fibres used to make your fitted sheets.

For more on Eco Friendly washing powders the Ecologist has a detailed article How green is your washing powder? to help you make the right choice.

Using high temperatures can cause deep dye cotton sheets to lose some of their colour, be mindful when washing deep or dark colours at temperatures over 40 degrees as you may lose some of the original colours which leave the sheets looking faded.

Drying cotton sheets

When drying your cotton sheets, the best practice is to line dry them. This will leave them smelling fresh and also the vast majority of the creases will fall out of the fabric leaving you with virtually little or no ironing to do.

This is a bonus because large fitted or flat sheets can be very hard to iron. One thing to remember when using a tumble drier is that wet or damp cotton does not go well together, too much heat or over drying will cause the cotton fibres to contract causing excessive creasing.

You will then find yourself rewashing the sheets or spending hours steam ironing them to get them looking somewhere near as good as the day you took them out of the packet.

The trick here is to remove them from the tumble drier whilst still slightly damp and this will help you iron them easier.

Ironing cotton sheets

Now to the task of ironing, you are going to need a good quality iron and just as important a good quality, study and large ironing board.

Keep the iron topped up with water as the steam function is essential to remove stubborn creases. If you have line dried the sheets you may want to just go over them to make the cotton look pristine.

If you have tumbled dried them as above you can just quickly iron the sheets but without too much effort, however if the sheets are very creased then consider rewashing them as cotton does get softer and more complaint with every wash and remember it is the drying process that causes the creasing.

If all else fails the steam function of your iron will remove most of the more troublesome creases.

What is Jersey Cotton?

Jersey Cotton Fitted Sheets

What is Jersey cotton and why is it used in bedlinen?

Fitted sheets made from a stretchable fabric like knitted cotton has many benefits and are especially good when used with an electric bed or memory foam mattress.

The material can move and stretch when you operate the mattress or when the mattress moulds itself to the body as happens when you lie on your memory foam bed.

The fabric is light weight and very soft and is a very good alternative to regular cotton sheets which are woven. The stretch cotton was first used in clothing like tee shirts where you need the material to be flexible and regain its shape once pulled over your head, regular cotton would not give in this way and would not be as comfortable.

You get good idea of how Jersey Cotton is good for bedding just look at your socks, how they stretch over your feet and go back to their original shape when you take them off no matter how times you do it.

To get the nitty gritty detail see this Wikipedia page.

Jersey cotton quality measures

White & Ivory Jersey Cotton Bedlinen

Jersey cotton sheets are normally made to a high standard and can be measured in grams per square meter or GSM.

Generally 140GSM is a good quality and the better and softer sheets are made from 160GSM. Good quality Jersey cotton is manufactured using a special machine that employs a series of needles that produce interlocking loops of thread.

The stitches are small, even and very consistent producing a jersey cotton that has a flat, smooth face with a slightly texture feel.

A very light and comfortable material that stretches easily and regains its original shape, most cotton comes in a variety of colours and made from pure 100% Cotton.

The other advantage of Jersey cotton fitted sheets are that they are fully elasticated all the way round which are preferred to standard sheets as they will grip the mattress all the way round which is ideal for electric beds.

When the mattress is raised standard sheets will just hang down loosely and look a mess whereas the jersey cotton sheets will be snug and close fitting all the way round.

We stock both Jersey cotton and Egyptian cottonwith 5 year guarantees and, as always, with our Best Price Promise.

Egyptian Cotton Guest Bedding

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

We all know the importance of good quality Egyptian cotton bedding, we treat ourselves to the finest Egyptian cotton sheets so we can experience the pleasure of soft, crisp linen while we sleep. Now summer is here we get visits from friends and family but your next dilemma is what sheets should we put in the guest bedroom?

Some guests give you plenty of notice so you can plan well in advance and select the right bedding, but some guests just end up staying the night. So what do you do, do we let them use the luxury cotton sheets and run the risk of them being ruined or just go for a budget set and run the risk of being embarrassed as the duvet cover looks like it has seen better days.

You may not think it now but it would be good practice to think about it now before the situation arises, not all Egyptian Cotton or Pima Bedding is expensive, good quality percale fabrics are just as robust as a good non iron polycotton fabric and will give you years of lasting use and comfort. No matter what, your guests will obviously want clean fresh bedding. Whether you keep the bed dressed all year round or just keep a reserve set in the airing cupboard, the choice is yours.

Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Obviously you will want to wash the bedding once your guests have left so a robust set of bed linen will be essential. A good idea when storing your linen is to use tumble drier sheets in between the sheets and duvet covers, this will help keep the items smelling clean and fresh even though they may not be used for several weeks or months.

A good bed throw or cotton bedspread is also a good idea as you never know what the weather is going to be like, sometimes a duvet can be too hot or too cold depending on the tog rating and a blanket for example is a good alternative in some circumstances. Just think of what you would like if you happened to stay over at a friend’s house, would you accept luxury bedding made from cotton or would you want to sleep on a cheap polyester bedding set?

They do say that you should treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Although if you make it too comfortable and opulent they may stay more than you would like, this could be a problem if you only have one set of bed linen for your spare room. So if you thinking of putting up a few friends or family just go and check on your bed linen supplies, they may be better than you think or just plain awful. You will then of course have peace of mind that you are well prepared or it will just dawn on you how bad things really are in your linen drawer.

Sheridan Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Shopping on the internet has transformed the way that bed linen is now perceived, once high thread count sheets such as a 600 Thread Count or 1000 Thread count cotton duvet covers were once thought to be really expensive but as demand rises the costs are reduced. We do not suggest that you buy such luxury for your guest but a premium quality 300TC or 400TC would certainly be more affordable.

We at Bedlinen Direct know how important sleep is and how the right ambiance is essential in creating a tranquil and relaxing place to be. We feel that clean, crisp cotton sheets that have been freshly laundered are one of life’s untold luxuries that we can all afford to have and experience at least once a week. Get a good book and just sink into your bed sheets and you will know exactly where we are coming from, we do spend over a third of our lives in bed so any extra comfort for both you and your guests will be well appreciated.