A guide to how to best iron your sheets?

In this weeks blog we tackle the big questions: How to best iron your sheets?

The quick and easy way to iron your bed linen.

There is nothing more pleasant than getting into a bed with newly washed crisp sheets. Although we may all dread the idea of simply washing our bed linen and putting it back on, we also know the reward is high.

Ironing sheets may seem like an even bigger hassle. With our 5 simple tricks to perfectly ironed sheets, it won’t have to be anymore; your bed will feel, smell and look like a 5 star hotel room.

1- Damp sheets are the answer

Wash your sheets between 40 and 60 degrees, then tumble dry them until they are damp. Remove the bed linen just a little while before the cycle ends. You are looking for that in-between dry and wet to make ironing out the wrinkles unbelievably effortless.

2- Fold the sheets into quarters 

To save yourself some time, fold the sheets lengthwise in half or quarters. That way when you later iron your sheets you save half the time.

3- Invite a spray bottle to the party

Use water from your iron or a spray bottle to handle the tricky creases. Stretch creased areas with your hands, spray some water and iron over it.

4- Hike up the heat

Set your iron on the cotton and steam setting to be safe. Hike up the heat and try it out on a small section to make sure it isn’t too hot on the cotton. Ps: When iron your sheets, the cotton does get better so do not worry about ironing them too much.

5- Play your favourite music in the background

We recommend playing some of your favourite music in the background to keep yourself entertained.

6- Last resort 

If you really do not have time to iron your sheets, you can always fold them in half while they are still damp and hang them out to dry. You will not achieve the same exact crisp feeling as if they had been ironed but it will be close enough.

Egyptian cotton bedding: How to find the best set!

Egyptian cotton bedding slogan can be found on every bedding set, from the cheapest to the most expensive. Here are 4 tips to follow to track down the real thing. Or how to sort the rough from the smooth.

1. Terminology

Just as artificially sweetened orange juice might be advertised as 100% juice but isn’t, bedding producers sometimes use similar marketing ploys in order to persuade us their goods are. Well, better than they actually are. Egyptian Cotton bedding advertised as ‘100% cotton’, ‘silky & soft’, or ‘1500 thread count’ is bedding you might want to avoid.

Writing ‘100% cotton’ is actually the same diverting marketing concept as ‘100% juice’. The juice may well be cold pressed and half the bottle might contain sugar. In the same way, unless your linen bedding packaging says it is 100% Egyptian cotton and states that the bedding ranges between 300-700 thread count, it isn’t the real thing. Put it down, walk away and buy better.

2. Price

Real Egyptian cotton actually accounts for less than 1% of the world’s cotton production. Therefore it is twice as expensive as other types of cotton. So, if you find an offer for a 600 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding set that costs less than £100, it probably isn’t real Egyptian cotton. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Last year, major retailers were found to be selling customers what were meant to be 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, which, when tested actually contained no trace of cotton. So again, if it’s cheap it most likely isn’t the good stuff.

3. Thread count

The simplest way to understand the thread count of Egyptian cotton is by imagining a long thread and a short one with many split ends. The long Egyptian threads is woven into a square inch between 1 and 800 times. Hence the 800 thread counts.

In low quality cotton, the shorter thread used is much weaker and produces many split ends. During the manufacturing process, the thread itself will be woven around 300 times and then the split ends will then also be woven in – and added to the threat count, so upping it artificially.

So, ultimately, sheets advertised as a 1200 thread count and 100% cotton can be made from nothing more than low quality cotton with short stems, which are added to the total count. It pays to be vigilant and buy quality.

4. Touch it

When you insert your hands into a pillowcase and feel the cotton, you should never be able to see your hand through the fabric. Poor quality cotton material is light and almost see-through. High quality cotton fabric is much denser, almost heavy and silky to the touch.

The moral here is be beware and buy your bedding from a reputable retailer who sells the good stuff and is passionate about supplying the best quality bedding money can buy.

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