How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Egyptian Cotton Linens

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Kyle Schmidt of Exceptionalsheets.com offers some tips and tricks to increase the useful life of expensive luxury linens.

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Soft, durable Egyptian cotton sheets boast some of the highest thread counts available in bedding today. Pamper these high-end sheets and they'll pay you back with years of sweet dreams."

One could argue that Egyptian cotton sheets are the ultimate bedding indulgence. Made from high-quality cotton grown and harvested in the Nile River Valley, these sheets owe their luxurious softness to the cotton's silky fibers and a unique post-harvest process known as mercerizing.

Their famous durability is due to a combination of the Egyptian cotton's super-strong, extra-long fibers and the mercerizing process. Purchasing these high-end sheets equates to making an investment in your comfort. Why not extend the life of your investment by treating it well?

Laundering Your Linens

"Egyptian cotton linens actually improve with age and proper laundering," says Kyle Schmidt of Exceptionalsheets.com. They'll become softer and more durable with the right care. These sheets require a "less is more" approach to prolong their life and enhance their softness. Pour in half the normal amount of detergent, and never use chlorine bleach. Non-chlorine bleach may be used sparingly on white or off-white sheets if necessary.

When washing your sheets, use the lowest possible agitation setting (delicate or hand-washable on most machines) and avoid using hot water. Also, Egyptian cotton linens should not be washed with other items. Zippers, buttons and other clothing fasteners can create snags and other types of damage. "Washing your sheets by themselves and done properly will ensure that pilling will not occur," Schmidt states.

The Best Way to Dry Egyptian Cotton

It's also ideal to avoid machine-drying your linens if possible. Line-drying preserves the integrity of the threads. If you must put them in the dryer, use the low heat setting and don't dry them any longer than necessary.

If you can, remove your sheets from the dryer when damp and let them air-dry. Avoid drying at high temperatures. Alternatively, fold your sheets at this stage to prevent wrinkling and avoid unnecessary ironing. Shake out your linens before machine-drying as another precaution against wrinkles. Taking these steps will help retain the strength of the fibers and maintain their natural beauty.

The level of care required when laundering and drying Egyptian cotton linens may seem daunting at first. Over time, though, these habits will become routine. When you invest in such a high-quality item as this, extending its life span is crucial.

Schmidt closes his thoughts by noting, "meticulous care is a low price to pay for this kind of luxury. Soft, durable Egyptian cotton sheets boast some of the highest thread counts available in bedding today. Pamper these high-end sheets and they'll pay you back with years of sweet dreams."

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