Linen Care and Storage

How to Care for Your Bed Sheets:

1. Each bed in your home should have three sets of sheets that are rotated weekly. This will maintain the quality of the thread count and prevent their wearing-out.

2. When washing, use a mild detergent without added dyes (Real Simple recommends Wisk or Arm & Hammer). Use half the advised measurement of detergent for the best wash, adding one cup of white vinegar to the rinse water to ensure a clean rinse.

3. To brighten your white linens, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the cycle, but avoid bleach and brighteners as they tend to deteriorate the fibers.

4. Dry on tumble dry, low or medium heat and remove immediately to avoid wrinkles.

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet:

1. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of two adjacent corners.
2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left, so the corner on top is right side out. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is adjacent to the one that was in your right hand (it will be hanging in front), and fold it over the other two; this third corner will be inside out.
3. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others so it is right side out.
4. Lay the sheet flat, and straighten it into the shape shown above.
5. Fold the two edges in, folding the edge with elastic in first, so all elastic is hidden.
6. Fold the strip into a smaller rectangle.
7. Continue folding until rectangle is the size you want.

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Storing Your Linens:

1. After pressing and folding your bedsheets, stack in a neat pile.

2. Tuck the neatly-stacked set within a matching pillowcase to keep them close together in the closet. You’ll never lose that extra sham again – and the sheets will maintain their just pressed quality.

3. For extra organization – stack by size from the largest bed size to the smallest!

4. Keep your linens together in a cool, dry space away from direct sunlight to prevent mildew, allergens and fading.

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