The washing of sheets seems pretty straightforward, when it comes to laundry. Unfortunately, a lot of people wash their bedding poorly - and, compounding the confusion, many of the old laundry rules we grew up with have changed along the way.
To clarify matters and get some firm direction, we spoke with laundry and bedding experts about the correct way to wash sheets, duvets and quilts, including the question everyone wants a How often are we supposed to wash these sheets, anyway?
How to wash sheets
Katie Elks, Director of Product Design and Development at Brooklinen , says: " For all linens, we recommend washing them cold or froid. "Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President for Data Communications American Cleaning Institute , echoes these gui specifies:" Most laundry can now be done in cold water . This should be the default. Sansoni explains that cold water is "generally just as effective, but it is more durable and your sheets will last longer", as washing in cold water reduces the load. wear and fading.
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Elks says people should own at least two sets of sheets to increase longevity. It's also wise to have more than one set of sheets on those days when you don't have time to wash the sheets and put them right back on the bed or, more importantly, in case someone does. The sheets will get dirty and an immediate change of bed linen is required. obligedroof.
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Elks and Sansoni both recommend separating sheets into light and dark loads, although modern technology has made this rule less relative than it used to be. Because cold water is now the norm for washing, there is less need to separate textiles by color than to separate by fabric type. To wash dark and light linens together and dye transfer is an issue, use a color sensor in the wash to capture loose dyes before they stain lighter colored items.
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However, Sansoni notes that if all of your sheet sets are dark in color, you may want to " consider fabric detergent darker which is intended to reduce fading.
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Regarding stains, you should pretreat small stains as they appear and use a laundry booster if the stain is a problem. Protein stains like sweat, which are common on bed sheets, are best treated with an enzymatic stain remover, like Zout, while Shout is best for food and drink stains, like chocolate or coffee.
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- Wash white sheets separately from dark sheets or very bright colors.
- Pre-treat stains or use a laundry booster in the wash to remove stains from the entire surface.
- Wash sheets in cold water, by default.
- Use the "normal" cycle (also called "regular" or "permanent" press ").
- Do not overload the washing machine; sheets need space in the washer drum for water and detergent to fully penetrate the fibers.
Why wash at cold water ?
One of the biggest changes in the way we do laundry is the switch to default use of cold water for all washes. Generally, people have learned to use hot or lukewarm water for whites and lights, especially for items like linens and blankets. towels. But thanks to advancements in washing machine technology and detergent formulations, hot water is no longer needed in most washing scenarios.
Jessica Zinna, senior scientist at Procter & Gamble, explains why you should consider switching to cold water when doing laundry. It's not only good for your clothes and your wallet, but also for the environment, "she says." Up to 90% of the energy used during the laundry process is used to heat the water. wash for warm or hot cycles. ”
Moving away from a hot water wash addiction will also extend the life of your sheets and bedding. hot water can damage clothes, linens, towels, etc., as it can lead to loss of dye and shrinkage, "Zinna explains.
Zinna notes that all Tide detergents are formulated with cold water cleaning chemistry, but she Especially recommend the brand's Hygienic Clean detergent as it contains enzymes and surfactants specially designed to provide superior cleaning in cold water.
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Sansoni agrees that cold water should be the default, but mentions that there will be times when the use of hot or lukewarm water will be necessary. "If anyone sleeping in that bed is sick, you might want to wash in warmer water and use laundry sanitizer," he says. "If you have asthma or allergies, hot water can help kill dust mites (a common trigger).
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- Use cold water by default for all laundry.
- Use lukewarm or hot water in certain limited scenarios, such as when a household member is ill.
How to dry the leaves
Elks and Sansoni recommend line drying as the perfect way to dry sheets. "If the weather is nice, drying in a line, out of direct sunlight, is a good option," says Sansoni.
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If outdoor drying is not an option for you, but your buanderie or other space in the house allows it, you can also consider line drying indoors. “For all sheets, we recommend line drying to preserve the original fibers, colors and elasticity,” Elks explains.
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When a quilt or quilt needs a deep cleaning Elks says, you can take it to the dry cleaner. Another good option when a quilt or quilt needs more than spot treatment is to use a local laundromat, which will have oversized machines that are large enough. to accommodate bulky bedding.
You might be surprised to learn that a comforter or quilt can also be cleaned in The dryer - Elks suggests " using a dryer on the floor.Heat-free setting for plush and refreshing "a comforter. " Regular down helps keep duvets high and fluffy "she says.
- Treat stains on quilts using a mild detergent like Woolite.
- When deep cleaning is needed, wash a duvet in a washer oversized or send it to dry cleaning.
- A comforter or quilt can be refreshed by putting it in the dryer on a no heat setting.
How to dry a quilt
When it comes to drying a quilt or quilt, Sansoni recommends to Use the dryer on low and stop the drying cycle periodically to break up any lumps in the filling. Using dryer balls will also help to puff up the quilt and ensure even distribution of its padding.
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Make sure that the duvet is completely dry before putting it away or putting it back on the bed.
- Dry a duvet or quilt on low heat .
- Use dryer balls to help inflate the padding and ensure even distribution.
- Make sure that the duvet is completely dry.
How often to wash the sheets
This is the question everyone wants answered - how often do people wash their sheets?
"Every 1-2 weeks " says Sansoni, adding that "weekly is better, especially if you have a dust mite allergy or during the summer when you're probably sweating more.
Elks agrees. "We suggest washing your sheets every two weeks and alternating between two different sets to increase longevity. If you sweat a lot while you sleep, washing more often will help keep your sheets fresher.
A few other factors to consider when determining how often to wash your sheets:
- Do you sleep at home every night? Frequent travelers won't need to change sheets as often.
- Do you have easy access to laundry facilities? Otherwise you do notYou might not do the laundry as often, so you might want to have more sheet sets than the two experts recommend.
- Do you shower before to go to bed at night? Do you sleep naked? Are you a big sweater? Body soiling is the main thing that makes a bed sheet dirty, so people who sleep naked or suffer from night sweats will want to wash more often than people who shower before bed, sleep in pajamas, or sleep cooler.
- Do you sleep alone or with a partner, child (ren) or animal (s)? Two (or more) people in a bed means dirtier sheets that will need to be washed more frequently.
- Wash sheets every 1 to 2 weeks.
- Wash sheets more frequently depending on factors such as sweating or illness.