How to Care for Bedsheets
Nothing feels better than climbing into a bed on clean sheet day. There’s just something about the cool, crisp feeling of clean sheets. Add your clean and laundered sheets to your Leesa sleep experience and you’re bound for bliss. Here’s how to keep your bed sheets clean, tidy and comfortable for long-lasting comfort.
How Often Should I Wash My Sheets?
There’s a few habits people fall into when washing their sheets. Are you a weekly without fail sheet washer, every two weeks, once a month or plead the fifth? This is a no-judgment zone, because when it comes to sleeping or not sleeping, or reading, or eating in bed, it’s all about personal preference. General guides recommend laundering your sheets every one to two weeks. Sheets capture sweat, dead skin, dust mites, cracker crumbs, whatever comes in contact with your bedding, so it’s not a bad idea to clean them at least every two weeks or so. Some prefer to go longer. That’s perfectly fine, too.
How to Wash Sheets
Whether you prefer a mega-luxe, high-thread-count sheet, the warmth and coziness of flannel or like the comfort and ease of a wrinkle-free cotton/poly blend, keeping your sheets clean and comfortable is simple if you follow just a few simple suggestions.
Don’t overcrowd your sheets with towels and other laundry. Give them room to move freely in the washer and dryer and you preserve the quality and feel of the fabric.
Wash in warm water with mild detergents. It’s fine to run a super-hot cycle with your sheets when you or your bedmate has been sick, but today’s detergents can be harsh on sheets and warm water helps maintain the integrity of your bedding. Cold water helps retain shape and color if you have brightly dyed sheets.
Try not to use bleach, which can dry out and damage the weave of your sheets. Trying alternatives like lemon juice, which can be just as effective.
Dry your sheets on a medium setting, again, not overcrowding the dryer, so they have plenty of room to fluff and freshen.
Remove and fold your sheets promptly. This will keep them as wrinkle free as possible. If you’ve left them in the dryer and they’re a wrinkled mess, toss in a damp towel and run the dryer in a touch-up cycle to refresh them.
How to Dry Bed Pillows
1. Add Dryer Balls – Place washed pillows in dryer along with a couple of dryer balls (DIY solutions for dryer balls: a couple of clean sneakers or two tennis balls wrapped in socks) and a dryer sheet. These will help the pillows dry evenly and keep them from clumping up as they dry.
2. Dry Completely – Set dryer on medium heat and check them every fifteen minutes or so until completely dry. To completely air them out, you can also sit them out in the sun until they’re completely dry and so fresh they smell like a pocketful of sunshine.
How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
It’s not magic, we promise. It just takes a bit of practice and watching our video a time or three to master the art of folding a fitted sheet. Remember, the folded fitted sheet is perfectly optional. It’s totally OK to get frustrated and crumple it up in a closet. We fully realize that there is the strip, wash, dry, replace method; the casual almost fold; and no fold, no worries method. Again, personal preference. But if you do want to move toward that perfect Instagrammable closet look here’s how you get started:
Step 1: Take the sheet out of the dryer as soon as the cycle ends to prevent wrinkles
Step 2: Shake the sheet slightly to get fitted shape, lay on a flat surface
Step 3: Take two corners on the longer side of the sheet and fold over to match the other size, cutting the size in half lengthwise (like a hot dog, not a hamburger!)
Step 4: Tuck one corner into another, like a pocket. Repeat on the other end.
Step 5: Fold in half lengthwise again, tuck the spare edges into the pocket
Step 6: Fold in half, then in half again and voila, you’ve got a folded fitted sheet!