Even though washing bedsheets may seem like a mundane and simple laundry task, achieving a thorough wash with crisp, wrinkle-free results necessitates a little extra care. Moreover, citing the daily usage, they are one of the few commodities in your house that need regular washing maintenance to upkeep a clean and healthy sleeping experience.

However, be it a plain bed sheet or king-size bedsheet, you can effectively extend the lifetime of your sheets while consistently getting the best clean with every wash, only if you follow a set regimen as follows.

How to Wash Bedsheets the Right Way

Be sure to wash your bedsheets before the first time you use them because they may feel rough right out of the package (mainly due to the manufacturing chemicals). One of the more important observations is that sheets launder better when they have plenty of room in the machine. So, if you're washing a double bed sheet, make sure not to stuff the washer too much.

Machine overloading will give poor cleaning results and may cost you a fortune in motor maintenance. Refrain from using large amounts of detergent to avoid unnecessary wear and tear in the long term.

Make it a practise to use a warm setting while machine washing and switch to higher temperatures when the bedsheets are heavily soiled. It is a good ritual to wash your sheets once per week (more frequently for humid climates) to avoid the build-up of body oils, fluids, and fecal material.

If you're using silk sheets, prefer to go with handwashing for at least the first several washing items. On the other hand, Linen sheets can withstand higher washing temperatures, and the more frequently linen sheets are washed, the softer they will become.

How to Dry Bedsheets Effectively

The first and foremost step to efficient drying is to promptly pull the sheets out of the washing machine to avoid mold and unnecessary wrinkling. When removing the sheets, shake them enough to eliminate bundled-up knots that will impede the subsequent drying process. 

Air-drying on a clothesline is the traditional and still the most effective means of achieving a crisp set of bedsheets post-wash. Use pins to secure the sheets and avoid wind damage. Nevertheless, you can always throw the sheets in the dryer with a medium to the low-temperature setting. 

Bear in mind that an excessively hot setting will make the bedsheets susceptible to wear and tear. Moreover, the high temperatures are liable to cause disastrous shrinkage of the sheets' fabric.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to washer settings, it has been found that homeowners are usually confused between heavy-duty and full load. Heavy-duty settings are typically reserved for heavily soiled fabrics, such as gym or work clothes. Bedsheets should be washed on a normal or regular cycle unless they are unusually dirty to avoid long-lasting wrinkling.

Since bedsheets seem large, a common misconception is that they take longer to dry. Do not leave the sheets in the dryer for a prolonged period, as this can cause shrinking and extra wear.

Additional caution should be exercised not to wash towels with sheets as not only will the roughness of the towels lead to wear and tear, but they may also cover your sheets with lint balls.