Common Questions About Bed Sheets
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When embarking on the shopping adventure for new bed sheets, some common questions about bed sheets come to mind. Before you become overwhelmed with sizes, fabrics and terms, find the answers to commonly asked questions.
- Q: Does it matter how thick my mattress is?
- A: Most mattresses have the standard depths of 12 to 20 inches, but pillow tops and foam toppers increase mattress thickness. Luckily, most fitted bed sheets and sheet sets come with pockets deep enough to accommodate various mattresses types, relying on the elastic around them to stay in place.
- Q: What is meant by EAG?
- A: EAG, meaning "extend a grip," indicates how far the skirting of a bed sheet or bedding accessory hangs over the mattress for ease of tucking.
- Q: Does a designer name ensure a higher quality than other generic sheets?
- A: In most cases, it does not. What you are paying for is the branding of that designer. If you like the look and do not mind the higher prices, go for it; however, the main factor to consider while bed sheet shopping is thread count. If the thread count is the same as a less expensive bed sheet, you are not getting any more wear from the designer offering.
- Q: How do you take care of pilling bed sheets?
- A: You have probably seen little balls develop on your sheets, signifying "pilling." This occurs more often with man-made fabrics like acrylic or polyester. The natural fibers of cotton bed sheets may do the same, but pills should come off after washing. In either case, be sure to select a gentle wash cycle for your bed sheets.
- Q: Do bed sheets need to be ironed?
- A: For a nice, crisp look to your bedding, ironing is the sure solution. To save time, opt for bed sheets that are treated with special finishing agents. These bed sheets resist wrinkles and are less of a hassle during the laundering process.
- Q: Are silk bed sheets harder to care for than other sheets?
- A: Not necessarily. Opt for silk bed sheets that are marked "washable." These bed sheets are treated during production and can be washed many times thereafter. Just like with any other bed sheet, use the gentle option for both washing and drying.