Egyptian cotton sheets generally have a higher thread count, which ensures quality and comfort making these sheets a great investment. Due to the higher quality, Egyptian cotton sheets are required to be laundered with care to ensure that they last for many years. Though these sheets do need special care when washing, there are 6 simple steps that will make cleaning these sheets seem effortless
The first step to cleaning your Egyptian Cotton Sheets is to make sure that you wash your Egyptian Sheets and your Egyptian cotton pillowcases as a separate cycle in the washing machine. Washing your sheets as a separate cycle will ensure that your Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases do not tangle with your other laundry causing damage to the delicate fabric. This is especially true the under garments since these are small and contain small hooks and clasps that easily tangle.
Make sure that you are using a gentle laundry detergent to wash your sheet set. Using regular detergent can be too harsh on the fabrics causing damage, and completely avoid chlorinated bleach.
Along with gentle laundry detergent you will also want to set your washing machine to a gentle cycle for your sheet set. A regular cycle on your washing machine may be too harsh for your Egyptian cotton sheets. The temperature will need to be a moderate temperature since extremely hot water temperatures are detrimental to the cotton.
Keep an eye on the spin cycle; since your sheets and pillowcases are the only items in the machine the full extended spin cycle will likely not be necessary. Check halfway through the spin cycle to see if the majority of moisture is out of the fabric.
If most of the moisture is gone from the fabric, transport the sheets from the washing machine to the dryer. While drying the clothes you will either want to dry them on a low heat or on the air cycle setting. It is critical to check before using the dryer that the sheets are suitable for the dryer and not required to be air-dried. Avoid fabric softener and drying sheets since the liquid in these clogs the cotton’s pores causing the sheet set to lose its comfort.
As soon as the sheets are dry, promptly remove them from the dryer and proceed to either fold them or use them to make the bed. Egyptian cotton sheets will need to be washed about once a week or depending on the climate, as for Egyptian cotton pillowcases you will want to wash twice a week, which is a reason to have an extra set of pillow cases.
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