Here are some general rules that will help our customers get the maximum life and enjoyment out of the linens that you purchased from Elegant Strand.
Cold or warm water for the wash cycle is best. Opt for a cold-water rinse. If your washing machine has the option for a second rinse cycle, use it to make sure that any excess soap is washed out. Excess soap will make your sheets feel scratchy. You can use popular liquid detergents that do not contain fabric softeners, but we strongly recommend that you use about one quarter to one third of the amount of liquid detergent recommended on the box or bottle for the size load being washed.
Do not overload the washing machine. Wash similar items together. Never wash bedding with items that contain zippers, rivets, heavy buttons or hooks, as these can damage fibers and fabric.
Do not use chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach will strip out the color and also weakens the cotton with repeated use. You may use peroxide bleach (safe for colors) or stain treatments like “Shout” or “Oxi Clean” to remove stains.
Do not use fabric softeners or detergents that have fabric softener in it. Fabric Softeners chemically react with the cotton cellulose) fiber and “eat” away at the molecules, shortening the life of your bedding products. Fabric Softeners also inhibit the functioning of your bedding product by coating the yarns with a chemical that artificially makes that fabric feel soft but prevents the yarns from absorbing moisture or “breathing” they way the fabric was designed to do.
Shake out linens between washing and drying to minimize wrinkles. Do not overload the dryer.
You may tumble dry your sheets. We recommend using the perma-press or low temperature setting. High heat will not only cause the fabric to shrink but it will “cook” the yarn and cause the fabric to loose it natural softness.
Do not use dryer sheets for the same reason stated above.
Be sure to remove sheets immediately at the end of the drying cycle and smooth and fold right away. This action will often have the result of leaving the sheet’s appearance nice enough to not need ironing.
Use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting for a crisp look.
Please remember, some lotions, creams and soaps contain chemicals that act just like bleach with most textiles. You should make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands and/or face before drying your hands after applying any cream, lotion, or make-up. You should not use dyed sheets if you use creams, lotions, or soaps that contain benzoyl peroxide, Retin A, or alpha hydroxide. If you use products with benzoyl peroxide (like Clearasil and other acne medication) or alpha hydroxide or Retin A, we suggest that you buy white sheets.