Another question I hear often from people who buy high quality bedding, such as geniune 100% Egyptian cotton bedsheets is "how do I properly wash them". With lower priced bed sheets we wouldn't think twice about throwing them in the wash with scalding hot water and bleach. But things are different with high end bedding. Techniques you're used to may actually compromise the quality, material, and feel of your bedding. On the other hand, following the manufacturer's guidelines, as well as some tips I've learned over the years, will not only keep your bedding clean, they'll help your sheets last for years and years and in many cases get even better with time.
Here is my best advice from years of helping customers when they purchase high quality linens.
Always separate your fine linens from other items in the wash. Never mix bedding linens with towels or polyester items, for that would tend to cause pilling ("pilling" is when short or broken fibers collect and form round balls on your sheets).
Separate light from dark items. This is to eliminate the possibility that dyes from the darker fabric will discolor your light fabric.
Avoid overloading the machine. Your washing machine's owner's manual will tell you the proper load for your machine. It's tempting to stuff as much as you can to reduce washings, but that can lead to your sheets not being properly washed or even damaged. You want to give the detergent room to circulate, and enough space for your sheets to agitate.
Set your wash cycle to the warm and gentle cycle. Unlike mass market bed sets, high quality bedding is manufactured to exacting specifications using the best materials and can last years and years with good care. So it's vital to follow the instructions the manufacturer gives. Warm water and a gentle cycle will help clear away dirt and bacteria without compromising the material and stitching of the fiber. Never wash or dry linens on a hot setting, which will most likely cause shrinkage. Cold to warm rinse is recommended if available.
Do not pre-treat stains with a stain remover. Doing so will leave its own stain.
Use the "Fluff" settting in your dryer. This setting tumbles your sheets using room temperature air, which is the best for protecting your sheets from shrinkage or other damage. Remove the sheets from the dryer when they're still slightly damp, shake them, and then press (or just fold).
Make sure the detergent you use doesn't have bleach. Bleach weakens the fibers and will cause your linens to yellow.
How do I Store My Bed Linens?
Linens are made of natural fibers and should be stored in a cool, dry ventilated area. Never store in plastic, which will cause yellowing.
These are the best tips that I've learned over time, from the manufacturer and from my own experience of helping customers care for their bedding. Follow them, and your fine linens will maintain their high quality for years to come.