The Ultimate Guide to Linen Care

The very best feeling in the world is sleeping on a newly made bed with clean sheets. It’s just the best. Sure, sometimes it’s a hassle to strip the bed and wash the sheets and remake it. But, it can be a really manageable process and become part of your regular routine. Plus, the better care you take of your sheets, the longer they will last until they need replacement.

Ideally, you need to have at least two different sets of sheets in your rotation to give each set a rest between use and to make sure you get the longest lifespan from every set you have. You want to change your sheets at least once per week if not more frequently to remove dirt, dust and sweat. You want to avoid really hot water as it will wear down the fibers in the sheets. If you have linen sheets, this is even more important and you should only wash with cold water and not even warm. At least one spare set of sheets, and even pillows, is a must

Use your favorite scent of Roux Maison Essential Detergent and always pre-treat any stains with Roux Maison Stain Remover. Pre-treating is always the magic key to effective stain removal. Two capfuls of detergent is all you need for a full load of laundry and even for a set of king sized sheets. Really. You do not need to use more detergent. It will not make your clothes cleaner and will just waste the detergent. This doesn’t mean that it is ok to overload your machine. Even the newest and best machine will have a hard time getting your clothes clean when it is too crowded. Don’t put anything in the machine with your sheets that could catch or snag them. It’s best to just wash your sheets alone if possible. Remember not to wash linens in water that is more than warm. Hot water will shorten the life of your sheeting and if you wash regularly, warm should always be sufficient.

Never, ever use any fabric softener or dryer sheets. We tell you this all the time, but they will both leave lots of chemical residue on your fabrics that is just awful for the fabrics and even worse for you. We’ve got lots of other suggestions to get rid of static and to soften your sheets. Try adding about a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. It helps soften your fabrics and the odor will completely neutralize.

It’s also important not to over dry your sheets. It’s best to dry them on a lower setting and take them out of the dryer while they are still a little bit damp or just barely dry. If you’re lucky enough to have space to hang your sheets to air dry them, the sun can help to kill bacteria and to whiten them. Shake out your sheets to help pull out all the wrinkles. If you iron, do not use too hot a setting.

We’ll help you buy your next set of sheets and tell you what to look for and what will last the longest another day. You’ll be amazed what a difference fabric content can make to both wear and comfort.

Sleep well!

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