Can you Wash Satin Bed Sheets at home?
Best hacks to washing satin sheets involve more than simply picking up your favorite detergent from Walmart and letting it work wonders. The decision itself involves the correct identification of the type of fabric you have, for which you need a familiarity with the fiber contents and what terms are used by the manufacturers for each.
What is satin
Satin is a type of fabric that has a pleasingly even surface, is softer to touch, and possesses an original glow, features that appeal to every refined taste if put well together. The ingredient fabrics of Satin bed sheets involve polyester, nylon, acetate, or silk. In the context of washing, Satin sheets, manufactured chiefly with polyester or nylon, are washable in any efficient washing machine or a good dry cleaner under specific settings. The product of acetate or silk, however, requires the delicacy of your hands, which makes the sheet retain the softness of its texture and glow.
To understand the structural overview of this beautiful fabric, you need to be familiar, not in a detailed manner, with the weaving techniques known as weft and warp. To weft is to weave a thread vertically, making up the length of a clothing piece, while warping decides on the width by threading through horizontally.
The gleaming appearance is solely an end result of this weaving approach, in use particularly for Satin sheets, that involves four warp threads lying right above a single weft thread, adding to the glimmer a soft feel non-existent in most of the fabrics out there.
We have already gone through the methods, or should I say hacks, of washing your satin bed sheets, but there are other unfortunate circumstances that might happen to your glossy satin sheets so you must be prepared to cope well with all of them because it does not require a lot to solve them.
One of which is the fresh stain marks’ problem. Let’s see how they can be removed.
List below gives you an apt description of varying types of fiber.
Duchesse Satin -Mainly used in sumptuous settings, the fibers used for this particular kind are silk and rayon.
Sateen Although sateen is made of short-staple fibers, it shares the same weaving pattern as that of satin fabric.
Baronet Satin -Rayon and Cotton fibers go into the process of weaving this appealing variant, giving it a sort of lifelike glow while attracting many of luxurious aesthetical minds.
Charmeuse satin -Lightweight fabric mostly used in decoration and apparel.
Satin Façonné -Like many Satin variations, it has a lustrous glow about itself, and lastly a combination of beautiful small patterns woven in satin weave.
Gator Satin -The structure of this fabric includes cotton in the weft dimension and silk in the warp.
Farmer’s satin -A satin fabric given intense exposure to caustic soda so that the aspects of glimmer and strength improve upon massively. Structurally, it contains cotton in both the weft and warp dimensions.
It’s always advisable to put manufacturer’s words in practice even if the contrary opinion is renown and well held among the majority of buyers. In case you are new and haven’t confronted this fabric ever before, seek a professional who knows the inns and outs of dry cleaning range of fabrics.
Ingredients to pull out the hacks of washing satin sheets
The actual hacks wouldn’t render much of a benefit if you lack the necessary equipment and materials, which will keep the washing and dry cleaning experience in your command, eventually making you regret the days you opted for prevalent substandard methods.
Without keeping you for long, let’s jump right into the tools section.
- Washing machine
- Mesh Laundry bags
- Cloth steamer
- Drying racks
- Smart/Automatic Dryer
And the brief list of materials contains
- Safest Laundry detergent
- Laundry enzyme presoaks
Important settings to remember
- As mentioned in the material list, you have to be cautious in the selection of your detergent, be it a liquid or power. It must be the safest one out there.
- Water must be cool, and by no means in any degree warm.
- Your washer cycle must be delicate, and the dryer should carefully be set upon the low heat.
- If you can dry clean or hand wash, there’s no better option to avail than these two.
- Iron to be set below medium heat level.
Now is the time to turn towards our hacks.
Do not ignore the Care label guidance
You should keep in mind the delicacy and quality of the fabric you’re dealing with, and the ignorance shown towards manufacturers words may result in irredeemable consequences. Yes, if you haven’t read the care label, please go read it. In case you do not find any, or it’s been damaged by some accident, I would highly recommend you to hand wash the fabric because it’s less risky than machine washing.
The whole activity of machine washing, however, can be configured to safer settings, which will ensure you a well washed satin bed sheet.
For deep stains, always pretreat
You might be wondering why did I suggest Enzymes Presoak in the material’s list. Well, if we can all agree on one thing in our pursuit of a perfect guide to washing, it’d be that deep and heavy stains are inevitable. You just cannot keep them from appearing on some of your bed sheets every once in a while.
What this magical stain remover will do for you is to disappear the blots and stains from the surface of your fabric, and provide you with satisfying imagery of the gradual disappearance of ugly marks in the matter of minutes.
You have to apply it in sufficient quantity, generally based on the size and shape of the stain, and rub on the blotted surface for a minute and leave it as it is for about 10 minutes.
Setting up the Washing Machine
The configurations of the washing machine leave a subtle but strong mark on the texture, longevity, and the color of your satin bed sheets. This answers your question of why going into the trivial details as to the washing process.
Firstly, select the delicate wash cycle, which is synonymous with machine’s version of hand washing, as this will keep the movement of the bedsheets’ load inside less agitated, and the turbulence under supreme control, eventually giving you the best washed bed sheets.
Secondly, setting up your machine to cold water gives you a better chance to protect your satin bed sheet, and considering the softness of interwoven fabrics, you will be able to use them for years without worrying about the diminishing color.
Lastly, the lower spin speed will add to the results of the aforementioned settings, which is why it must be selected as an option. In case of laundering with different types of clothes, make sure you place your bed sheet in the mesh bag so that no hideous snags tear the smoothness of the surface apart. Because it is well known that to recover your bed sheet from as bad a mark as snag is literally impossible, and of course, there are ways to make it less perceptible but always avoid them in the first place.
The drying process demands equally as much delicacy as the fabric was treated with in the washing process. Generally speaking, it’s ideal to go for the air-dry method, but if you want to use the dryer, make sure low heat is selected so that the durability and threads remain undisturbed.
*You must be a lot knowledgeable by now had you stick to reading all the do’s and don’ts of washing until now, and it would be cruelty, on my part, to not give you a brief account on what the satin, as a fiber, is and how we can deconstruct its composition to gain better clarity about its manufactured forms. It’s important to have a detailed view of things you hold dear, which is why this blog makes an attempt to quench your curiosity a bit. *
See our article about how to dry sheet
Unsettling stains on your Satin bed sheets
The smartest thing you can do to your satin bed sheet, as it catches an apparently thick stain, is to immediately try to disappear it, and the sanity of your decision lies in the quickness you gather the required material with, and apply the suggestive method cleanly.
Firstly, you need a lint-free cloth to deal with the stain in this situation. Let’s say you’re enjoying a bowl of spaghetti on your bed while watching your favorite show, something happens and the sauce drips down on the sheet. Having a lint-free washcloth will give you an opportunity to deal with it before it gets thoroughly settled and well deepened, as all you would have to do is to blot the spot and gently remove the stain as it’s still not absorbed into the surface.
Let’s say the stain persists, there’s no need to worry as there’s yet another method to overcome the situation. The mixture of half water and half vinegar is the best solution to tackle with a tough stain, just apply this mixture and chances are the marks will be flushed away.
Besides the above-mentioned scenario, there are some stains that still do not go away and they are probably grease stains, for which you can apply the talcum powder or flour on the stain and let it stay there for it to eventually soak up the trouble-maker. The last step is to use the laundry stain remover or consult a trusted professional dry-cleaner.
* Now let’s see how we can stop a snug from being awfully discernable. Allowing yourself to read through this section will save you a lot of embarrassment from someone who is a keen observer of your clothing and fabrics’ choices. *
Snug or Pull Repair
Snugs are awful and there’s no second opinion here. Let’s try the first trick to see if we can really shake off a snug. Put your satin bed sheet on a level surface while making sure the glossy side faces upwards. Hold each side of the snug and gently pull it outwards, if this works the popped-up thread will readjust itself among the woven pattern without much trouble. Mind the dimension of the disfigured thread as this will determine the sides you will be holding and the dimension of the pull. Never pull a warp snug horizontally and vice versa.
Another method requires you to use a needle and thread it with a thread that matches the color of your sheet. You have to insert the needle from the non-snug side, and pull it towards the shiny side, after catching the snug pass the needle through the same hole and pull the snug rather gently. Use a steamer to readjust the threading pattern on the above side so that other threads can adjust themselves in the space of a snug. Not even think of cutting the snug on the other side.
*Lastly, let’s see how to iron your lustrous satin bed sheets. *
With all the methods explained above that not only wash a satin bed sheet but also retain its originality, you would not be needing to iron it. However, you should be aware of the ironing method anyways.
Make sure you set up the iron to medium-low setting and start pressing the wrong side, the one that doesn’t glimmer. Always place a pressing cloth between your iron and the bed sheet because it keeps the fabric from burning.
Satin is a precious fabric, a sort of a queen if I’m being precise. No wonder it requires all the pampering we’ve given it by now. Historically, it’s been an executive-level piece of clothing, used primarily in top-notch items. It is highly recommended to buy one and give your bedroom environment an elevated cozy and luxurious touch.
No matter the occasion, they always give unique sensations to the body that the rest of the sheets, as finely they’re manufactured, are yet to provide.
- Can you Wash Satin Bed Sheets at home?
- What is satin
- Ingredients to pull out the hacks of washing satin sheets
- Important settings to remember
- Do not ignore the Care label guidance
- For deep stains, always pretreat
- Setting up the Washing Machine
- Gentle Drying
- Unsettling stains on your Satin bed sheets
- Snug or Pull Repair
- Proper Ironing