August 16, 2021 6 min read

Why Ironing Your Bed Sheets on the Bed is a Bad Idea? 

Whether you should iron your bed sheets is a question asked by many, but what is the right answer? Well, arguably, there is no right or wrong answer, it all springs to preference and situations. But before we enter that discussion, let's have a look at what it means to iron different sheet materials and where exactly you should and shouldn't be doing it...

 

 

Should You Iron Your Bed Sheets? 

Having crisp looking bedsheets can add to the character of the room and give the finished, polished look so many of us desire. But what material best reacts to them being iron and just how often can we iron them. 

Linen Sheets -

No-one likes when their bed is always a mess and some even less so like for there to be any imperfections likes creases on their bed! Hence why so many of us are more prone to ironing our bed's sheets. So what if the sheets we are ironing are linen?


When ironing linen sheets there are a few things to keep in mind. Follow these steps on how to iron your bed sheets to have the best results:

  •  First, ensure that the sheets are damp, dry sheets will not allow the iron to smoothly remove the creases and wrinkles. If you have a dryer, make sure that when you remove them from the dryer they are damp and NOT wet. 
  • Next, prepare a bottle of water to spray on the sheets for the toughest and deep wrinkles and creases. Set the iron to a higher setting and have cotton pads ready to iron the sheets.
  • Lastly, iron the sheets whilst continuously spraying the water on the harder to release sections. Once finished, you can either put them away somewhere or use them straight away. 

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Cotton Sheets -

According to The Spruce, cotton bed sheets are the most popular material used. This is due to their durability, softness, affordability, they're hypoallergenic, they come in numerous variations and more. Some of those variations are as follows:

  • Egyptian (the most expensive and luxurious)
  • Flannel (a good option for winter)
  • Upland Cotton (the most commonly used worldwide)

So, that leaves the question, can linen sheets be ironed? Yes they can, and here is our recommendation on how you should do it:

  • Much like with linen sheets, you need to ensure that your sheets are damp before ironing. If not you run the risk of damaging them. The same rules apply for dryer users, make sure that the sheets are damp and NOT wet.
  • Next prepare a bottle of water to spray on the sheets for the more stubborn wrinkles and creases. Also, spray some starch on the sheets before you iron them to have more of a crisp feel to the sheets. Don't use too much start as the sheets will become too hard. 
  • Lastly, iron the sheets on a high setting so that you can move the iron swiftly across the sheets, keeping them damp in the process when trying to remove the deep wrinkles and creases. 
Let us know if this method worked for you!

     

    Silk Sheets - 

    Expensive, soft fibre sheets made from silkworms, elegant and indulgent. This is how many would describe silk sheets and with good reason. These hypoallergenic bed sheets are soft, breathable and cool, expensive and incredibly appealing. They are expensive due to their high-quality feel and delicacy.


    With that in mind, we're sure many of you are thinking can they be iron? Yes, they can, however, as mentioned previously they are extremely delicate and will require higher levels of care. Here are our tips on how to best care and iron these sheets:

    • Always iron these sheets on low heat. 
    • Have a CLEAN cotton sheet ready to use, this will separate the iron from the sheet thus lowering the risk of damage. 
    • Always ensure the IRON is CLEAN before you start ironing the silk sheets
    • Make sure to continuously move the iron on the sheets, don't hover over any spots as you will burn the sheets. 
    • Iron from the back of your silk bed sheets will also lower the risk of you burning the sheets. 

    Let us know if these tips help you when ironing your silk sheets!

     

    How is The Best Way to Iron Your Sheets? 

    Rotary Iron - 

     

    Where Should You Iron Your Bed Sheets? 

    Ironing Board -

    The most traditional way to iron is to use an ironing board to make for the best results and to avoid burning valuable furniture. But is this traditional way the best way to iron your bedsheets? 

    You can iron your bed sheets on an ironing board and get the best crisp results from doing so if you know what you are doing. Ironing on a board may feel like you have to apply more time and effort into the process, but this extra effort makes for better results. To have good results and to save time, we recommended that you fold your bedsheets corner to corner lengthwise. This will allow you to iron the sheets quickly and more thoroughly. Finding the best trick can be difficult, but once you know them, it makes things that much easier. 

    Another trick you could use to make the process even quicker after folding is, to put all your focus into the top quarter of your bedsheets and iron there. By doing this you are dealing with the outer creases and can later fluff your sheets when you put them on the bed. It makes for a quick and easy solution.

    Mattress - 

    Ironing on the bed is something that many people do as a way to save time and also because doing so is convenient and less hassle. But does it work, and more importantly, will it cause damage to your other bedding? 


    You can iron your bed sheets and bedding whilst they are on your duvet covers and mattress, but there are some tricks of the trade that will help you to get the best results.


    Trick 1 - Use low heat to iron your bedsheets, this will reduce the risk of burning your mattress and other bedding.

     
    Trick 2 - Continuously move the iron around and DON'T hover over creases, instead use some hot water to spray onto the sheets.


    Trick 3 - If you have memory foam, latex or a hybrid mattress, don't iron on it. Due to the softness of the mattress, it causes complications when moving the iron. 


    Trick 4 - Always check the materials of your bedding and ensure that the labels say they are iron friendly. 


    Let us know if these tricks worked for you!

    Floor -  

    If ever you find yourself in a situation whereby you don't have an ironing board or you are uncomfortable with ironing on your bed, you can always iron your bed sheets on the floor. Ironing on the floor is another hidden gem you could use to get the results you want.


    You can use the same folding technique to do this quickly and efficiently, however, there are some things to keep in mind: 

    • ALWAYS ensure you are ironing on a clean and stain-free surface.
    • If you have carpet, be sure to continuously move the iron and have the heat set to a lower temperature. 
    • Double-check that your floor materials can withstand the heat you are applying to the bedsheets. 
    • Don't leave the iron facing down on the floor 
    • If you want extra reassurance that your bedsheets will be safe, have a protective mesh or cotton sheet between the bedsheets and the iron. 

    Let us know if these tips help you out!

     

    Conclusion... 

    In conclusion, ironing your bed sheets is a good habit for you to carry out. Though this meticulous task can be quite time consuming, there are tricks and shortcuts you could take and the outcome of doing ironing them can be far greater than the hassle of carrying out this process. So, what will you do, are you going to iron your bed sheets from now on or continue the way you have been and have a chilled life. Either way, there is no right answer, it's just what suits!

    We hope you have enjoyed this blog and encourage you to read some more of our blogs!

    Aliyah Wiggins
    Aliyah Wiggins


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