Some people consider stain sheets the ultimate in bedding luxury. They certainly look and feel wonderful, and their romantic reputation has been enhanced by pop culture for decades. However, if they are not taken care of properly, satin sheets can quickly lose their appeal, as well as their usefulness. How to wash satin sheets is a question those who have invested in them often have, especially as they don’t want to ruin such a luxurious indulgence.
What are Satin Sheets Made Of?
Satin, which is typically comprised of silk, polyester, or nylon, is a material that is deliberately woven to appear lustrous and silky in texture, as opposed to the crisp and dull look and feel of cotton sheets. Satin is not only a beautiful fabric, but it’s also moisture-resistant and cool, making it a perfect summer sleeping option.
When searching for satin sheets, there are a few things to keep in mind, including thread count and fiber content.
The number of threads woven together in one square inch is referred to as “thread count.” A piece of fabric with a higher thread count feels softer and more sumptuous. A higher thread count also comes at a higher cost. While no one figure can be used to define perfect satin sheets, the thread count for good satin sheets usually falls between 200 and 800.
Satin sheets, as previously stated, are woven differently from standard sheets, and are constructed from silk, nylon, or polyester fibers. Satin is distinguished by the gleaming appearance it gives off in the light. Satin is similarly cool to the touch and does not retain moisture as readily as other textiles, although it is not as breathable as cotton or bamboo bedding.
Which Is Better, Silk or Satin Sheets for Sleeping On?
If you’re in the market for new bed linens, you might well be wondering whether silk is preferable than satin, especially as it’s often the more expensive choice.
The experts say that silk is considered superior to satin in terms of temperature regulation, softness, and allergen reduction; but satin is frequently considered preferable to silk in terms of price and heat retention – but they are about the same when it comes to moisture absorption and washing ease.
Can You Machine Wash Satin Sheets?
Most satin bedsheets can indeed be machine washed, but not all, and so you should always double-check before you buy any stain bedsheets set, unless you want to be stuck with a big dry-cleaning bill you didn’t bargain for. How they are washed – and how they are dried – will depend on just what they are made of, and here the label should always be considered your authoritative guide.
How To Wash Your Luxury Satin Sheets and Duvets?
As we mentioned, most satin sheets can be washed at home, and the same is true of many satin duvet covers if you have chosen one of those. While duvets were once very uncommon in the US, they are becoming more popular, and satin is an incredibly attractive and durable choice is you are planning to make the switch from duvet to comforter.
Once again, we have to emphasize that the laundry label on your specific set of satin sheets should be your main guide, but those labels don’t tell you everything. Here are some general pointers to help you wash and dry your stain sheets safely:
Start with a Roomy Washer
Satin can snag easily, so your satin sheets should always be washed on their own in a roomy machine. Most residential washers will give you the space you need for a pair of king-size sheets and pillowcases, but if you will also be washing a satin duvet cover you should do so separately.
To Pretreat or Not?
If your satin sheets are stained, or seem very musty, pretreating them by adding a natural stain lifter and scent booster like Borax can be an excellent idea. You should probably avoid commercial stain sticks, as they may do more harm than good. When you make use of the Borax, all you’ll need to do is add a half cup to the machine as it fills.
Detergent and Water Temperature Considerations
In terms of laundry detergent and water temperature to be on the safe side, and help minimize shrinkage, wash your sheets like you would any other delicate item: using cool water and a gentle detergent. Baby laundry powders and liquids are an excellent choice, and most have a nice, soft scent too, especially if you choose a soothing lavender scent, as that may even help you fall asleep faster once your satin sheets are back on your bed!
How Often Should You Wash Satin Bedding?
Even if it looks pretty clean, your satin bedding should be washed every few weeks. While satin does wick away moisture, and its smooth surface will not retain as much debris and dust as cotton, satin can still get pretty gross if not washed regularly.
Some people do worry that washing their satin sheets too often will damage them, but that is rarely the case. What may damage them is washing them incorrectly, so following both the laundry label instructions and the steps we have outlined here are both musts.
When it comes to drying your sheets, the label on some satin sheets may say they can be tumble dried on low heat. Some will say do not so it all, and if the latter is the case do not risk it, or you may end up with sheets that are great for a Barbie bed, but not yours.
Does Satin Shrink?
In terms of when it is washed, satin does not like too much heat. When they are exposed to too much heat when laundering or drying them, they can shrink by as much as 20%. Which is a lot when you are trying to get them to fit on your bed. If your sheets say they can be tumble dried go ahead, but do not over dry them, and ideally hanging them outside to air dry will be the better way to go.
How Do You Keep Satin Sheets Soft?
To keep satin sheets soft, treat them carefully, washing and drying them as we have detailed. If you like to use a softener when you tumble dry clothes you might want to skip them in this case, as delicate fabrics really don’t need to be loaded down with artificial perfumes.
A great alternative is a wool dryer ball, as these soften all kinds of fabrics very well and will also help to prevent, and even remove, annoying piling that can occur over time on satin sheets.
How to Iron Satin Bed Sheets?
Ironing satin bed sheets should be approached very carefully. Many will state that they should not be ironed, in which case air dry them to release creases where possible. If the label states that a low-heat ironing is OK, do so when the sheets are still a little damp. You should work quickly and smoothly as you pass the iron over them, as snagging them with a hot iron can cause damage that just cannot be undone.
How To Get Satin Sheets to Stay On?
Satin is smooth and slippery, which is part of its great appeal. That could mean, however, that satin sheets may slip and slide more than you would like, and you might struggle to keep them in place. This can be avoided by ensuring that you choose the right fit – don’t try to fit queen sheets on a full bed or vice versa for example. The size difference may only be a few inches, but you’ll notice those few inches when you are trying to get your satin sheets to stay on!
You can also consider using sheet suspenders – which are a lot like sock suspenders – but avoid any with metal clips, as those may snag and damage your satin sheets, and you certainly don’t want that!