You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Your sheets will be enjoyed for years if you avoid these 7 common misconceptions.
1. Not removing makeup before going to bed
Sleeping with your makeup on not only can damage your skin but also can stain your pillowcases. Lotions can leave oily stains. Some skin products can bleach colors. You had better remove makeup before going to bed. To combat buildup and permanent discoloration, you need to change and wash your sheets regularly.
2. Don’t change them often enough
Change your sheets weekly or least every two weeks. After long period use, sheets cannot recover its shape and more likely to tear.
3. Stuff too many sets into the washer and dryer
If your washer has a center agitator, don’t wrap your sheets around it. If sheets get tightly twisted, like a rope, it will stress the fabric and cause roping. When drying, check the mid-dryer and separate them if they ball up, drying them more evenly.
4. Wash sheets on the heavy-duty cycle
If you cannot find the dedicated cycles for washing sheets, you can choose the “normal” or “casual” cycle. Never choose the “heavy-duty” cycle for it will cause tangling and wrinkling. Wash sheets in hot water can boost cleaning, which is helpful for skin allergy.
5. Dry them too long and too hot
Do not over dry your sheets. When drying, select a low heat setting and dryer’s automatic cycle. The dryer will stop working immediately once it senses the sheets are dry, keeping wrinkling and shrinkage to a minimum.
6. Don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet
7. You skip pillow liners and mattress covers
Add pillow liners and mattress covers to keep your pillow and mattress cleaner. Add cushioning under sheets and pillowcases to minimize the friction that can cause pilling.