We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, so having the right bedding is a huge contributor to the quality of sleep you get. The better you sleep, the better you feel. Good bedding is an investment – not only in your comfort, but in your health, but as with any investment, you want your bedding to last as long as possible.
Ever since we posted the video about how to make your v-berth in under a minute with our patented v-berth sheets, we’ve gotten several emails (and orders – thank you!) from people who wanted to know how to properly care for their sheets..
Knowing the best way to wash, dry, and store your v-berth sheets will go a long way towards extending the life of your sheets and maximizing your investment as well as your comfort. We’ve got some tips on how to keep your sheets looking new, as well as some storage ideas for you!
Washing Your Sheets
How often you wash your sheets is a personal preference, but we recommend that you don’t wash them too often, as the more you wash them, the more the fibers can eventually break down. Washing once a week is a good rule of thumb.
Wash sheets in their own load when possible, using a mild detergent in cool water on the delicate cycle. Washing your sheets in hot water is not recommended because the heat weakens the fibers.
Our sheets have an elastic cord to use for adjusting, but you don’t want that to get caught in the agitator. Before you wash them, use a pin to secure the elastic cord and cord locks within a fold in the sheet material to avoid it become tangled in the agitator.
The main culprit of sheet stains or yellowing is body oils, often from face or hair products. You can use a product like Oxy-Clean, which is an oxidizing bleach to help fight stains.
Another tip I recommend if your sheets get that yellowish discoloration, is to first soak your sheets in a bucket or tub with warm water, with a scoopful of Oxy-Clean and a good squirt of dishwashing detergent. Dishwashing detergent contains special ingredients that fight grease and oils, and soaking for a couple of hours (swishing them around a few times to agitate) will break down that oil. Then just rinse well, and throw in the wash, and your sheets will come out looking clean as a whistle!
A Word On Bleach
While we do not recommend using chlorine bleach on your sheets (it’s too harsh for regular use), we also don’t want people to shy away from purchasing white sheets. The great thing about white sheets is that they CAN be bleached occasionally if necessary. An oxidizing bleach is best for regular use, but from time to time, a good wash with regular old bleach can make those whites whiter. Everything in moderation, right?
Drying Your Sheets
Just as with hot water, a hot dryer will break down the fibers in your sheets more quickly, so we highly recommend that you tumble dry on low heat. Remove sheets immediately after drying in order to minimize wrinkling, but if you need to, you can press your sheets with an iron on a lower heat, or use a steamer to get out any wrinkles.
Storing Your Sheets
Make sure that your sheets are fully dry before folding and storing to prevent mildew.
If you have more than one sheet set, a clever way to store your spares is to fold them and tuck them inside the back covers of your throw pillows. This way they don’t take up valuable space, and they’re easy to get to when you need them.
If you don’t have throw pillows, or pillows with slip on covers, you can store your sheets in a closet or drawer, but be sure that there is air flow, to prevent mildew.
Got any other tips on how to keep your sheets looking new, or other clever ways to store your sheets? Let us know in the comments!