Ultimate Guide on Satin Bedding Washing And Care

Satin is one of the most popular fabrics for bedding for adults and children. Why? The fabric of satin weave of cotton fibers has a smooth, soft, tactilely pleasant surface. After the final finishing, satin also acquires a beautiful glossy sheen.

Bed linen made of satin is very durable: it can withstand 200-300 and more washings. At the same time, you need to provide proper care of satin pillowcases, sheets, and duvet covers. Today I will give you all the information on how to wash and care for your satin bedding.

Can you machine wash satin sheets? Yes, you can machine wash satin sheets. Select a temperature up to 30-40 degrees, with 600 revolutions.  Do not load the washing machine to the full capacity. It is enough to fill ⅔ of the drum. Turn the bedding inside out to save the pattern. Do not use laundry detergent containing bleach particles. It can damage the fabric.

How do you wash satin in the washing machine? If you wash satin in the washing machine, make sure you wash it on a delicate mode at a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees. Choose a gentle spin mode — no more than 600 revolutions. If you tumble dry the satin bedding, be sure to use the delicate mode. Satin bedding may shrink slightly after washing.

Satin Washing Machine Guide

  • Sort satin bed linen into white and colored. Never wash satin bedding with other clothes, otherwise, the fabric will lose its most valuable qualities such as smoothness and softness.
  • If there are stains on the satin bedding, then they must be removed before washing using an oxygen stain remover. You can remove stubborn dirt by soaping them with laundry soap, leave it for 2 hours.
  • Turn the satin bedding inside out. If there are buttons and zippers, button and zip them up.
  • Do not prewash colored satin bedding.
  • Load the washing machine only by 50% because satin is heavy.
  • Always wash the new satin bedding set.
  • Satin linen is quite durable and does not shrink, so it can be washed at a water temperature of 60 degrees when choosing the “cotton” program, but it is still recommended to wash clothes at 40 degrees on a delicate cycle and spin at 600 revolutions.
  • As for detergents, washing powders and gels should be chlorine-free, conditioner should be used sparingly, and additional rinsing will only benefit the fabric.
  • Do not combine satin items with items made of artificial materials, such as polyester, during washing. The rough synthetic fabric clings to satin, causing the fabric to deteriorate. That is, after washing with synthetics, satin textiles become rough and pellets appear on them.

Satin somewhat resembles silk. Outside it is smooth, soft, and shiny. The inner surface is slightly rough, so a sheet made of such fabric does not fold or twist during sleep. Bed linen made of satin does not electrify and does not fade, almost does not wrinkle or shrink during use. In order for the bedding you have purchased to retain its original appearance longer, you need to properly care for it and follow simple tips. Let’s learn how to do it.

Satin Bedding Washing & Drying Tips

  • Read the information on the packaging carefully for helpful advice on how to properly care for your fabric.
  • Wash satin bed linen by hand or in a washing machine in cool water at a temperature of no more than 40-50C.
  • Load the machine no more than 2/3 of its volume and use a gentle mode.
  • To preserve the colors, turn the pillowcases and duvet cover inside out and zip them up and down before placing the bedding in the washing machine.
  • When washing, use mild detergents with a minimum amount of bleaching agents and do not use bleach. They can damage the fabric.
  • Dry bed linen immediately after washing, out of direct sunlight.
  • Never iron satin bedding. The material is breathable and provides temperature balance during sleep. And when exposed to high temperatures, the fabric “clogs up” and stops breathing.

Does Satin Shrink When Washed?

Yes, satin does shrink when washed, especially if the fabric is made of cotton fibers, but not more than 2%. That is why the first couple of washings of satin clothes or bed linen are made in cold water, by hand, or in the “handwash” mode in the washing machine.

In the future, you do not need to worry, satin bedding will not shrink anymore. When the fluffy fibers are fully compacted, the fabric will stop shrinking.

Satin bedding manufacturers say that during the manufacturing process of the product, satin undergoes special procedures designed to completely eliminate shrinkage. It is not necessary to wash brand new linen in boiling water, it is better to let it “get used” to various influences several times. This will save yourself from unpleasant surprises.

Satin Bedding Drying

Natural drying is best for satin, so hang the laundry right after the last spin, while straightening the corners. The only limitation is not to dry the bedding in direct sunlight. Satin dries very quickly and does not form “wrinkles” and creases on it. If you still need to use a tumble dryer, then choose the most delicate setting.

Can I put satin sheets in the dryer? Yes, you can put satin sheets in the dryer as long as you choose a delicate mode without high temperatures. Turn satin sheets inside out when drying in the dryer or outside. But you should never dry satin in direct sunlight because it will fade and wear out quickly.

The satin fabric has a low level of the crease, so it is unpretentious in drying. If you hang things correctly after washing, they will not need ironing. It is important to hang the bedding evenly since otherwise it will stretch and lose its shape.

Satin Bedding Ironing

Can I iron satin? Yes, you can iron satin. Satin should be ironed exclusively from the front side. The recommended temperature is up to 200 degrees. For better ironing of the fabric, you can spray a bit of water on the satin or switch on steaming on the iron to get wrinkles out faster.

As we already know, satin almost does not crease. However, if you want to get even the smallest wrinkles out of your satin bedding, do the following: 

  • Iron satin fabric from the front side.
  • Don’t be afraid to set your iron to high temperatures when ironing satin. The optimum temperature indicator for satin is 200°C.
  • To get even the smallest creases and wrinkles out, activate the steaming function.
  • Dry the fabric before ironing. Otherwise, the wet bedding set will stretch and lose its gloss.
  • The satin fabric is ironed directly without the use of gauze or other fabric pads.

Ironing satin products is not difficult. Satin sets do not need frequent ironing. However, high temperatures have a good effect on the material, it becomes smoother and more radiant.

How to Store Satin Bedding?

  • Satin linen has a fairly long service life of more than 10 years, but the sets must be properly stored. It is best to use ventilated drawers or shelves. In the closet, you should choose a separate shelf for bedding, place orange peels, a branch of lavender, or tobacco next to the fabric because they repel moths and give a natural, slightly perceptible aroma to things.
  • Do not store satin bedding in humid places as it will lead to mold. Therefore, it is not recommended to store bedding sets in bathrooms, laundry, and ironing rooms.
  • Store satin bedding upside down, out of direct sunlight to avoid burning the fabric.
  • If you plan to remove bedding for a long time, do not put it in a plastic container or plastic bag. It leads to insufficient air circulation, which makes the fabric damp and it acquires a specific smell. For long-term storage, place sating bedding in a cloth bag or vacuum container.
  • Place a scented sachet or folded cloth with your favorite perfume or essential oil to add a pleasant aroma to your sating bedding set. Do not use too saturated aromas, as long rest on such a bed may cause headaches and feelings of fatigue.

Choose only high-quality bedding, take proper care of it and store it in a convenient place. Then every night will be unforgettable for you, the morning will be truly good, and you can enjoy a calm and productive sleep.



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