Proper Sheet Care For The Best SheetsJuly 15, 2015
Unfortunately, no matter how high quality your sheets are, they will deteriorate if washed incorrectly. So, here we are with a quick guide to properly wash your Thomas Lee sheets.
1. Change sheets and pillowcases once a week, or more often in humid or hot environments.
2. Your favorite detergent is perfect for sheets, as long as it is free from fabric softeners. We recommend using half or a third of the prescribed amount, as excess soap can ruin the texture of sheets.
3. Do not use chlorine bleach. Not only will it change the color of sheets gradually, but it weakens the fibers and seams of the sheets. If you really want to brighten sheets, add a ¼ cup of lemon juice instead.
4. Do not use fabric softeners, dryer sheets, or detergents with fabric softeners. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets will react to the cotton fibers and destroy the molecules over time. And although they may make the fabric feel softer, the chemicals from fabric softeners prevents the fibers from breathing or absorbing moisture in the way fabric needs to in order to maintain feel and durability.
5. Machine wash in cold or warm water. Gentle cycle settings are best. Just make sure the final rinse is with cold water.
6. If you can opt for an extra rinse cycle, do it! This will make sure all excess soap is removed, which can make even the best sheets scratchy.
7. Tumble dry on low or permanent press settings, or hang dry. Drying at too high a temperature can “cook” the yarn, leaving it less soft, or even brittle.
8. Remove sheets from dryer as soon as the cycle is completed, or just before the sheets are bone dry. Nothing causes a 100% cotton fabric to wrinkle more than sitting wadded up in a hot dryer. Wrinkles can be greatly reduced by hand smoothing while folding or returning to the bed.
9. While not necessary, many people love the ultra-smooth “hand” that is produced by steam ironing the pillowcases and top hem of the flat sheet.
10. Store sheets in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight.