Ask The Experts: How to care for your bed linen

Investing in your bedding is important for a great night’s sleep, learn how to make it last even longer with these tips from the experts at The White Company.

Keep Your Whites White

We recommend that all bed linen be separated into light or dark colours. For best results, select a non-biological detergent containing no optical whiteners, bleaching agents or enzymes that can cause colours to fade or become patchy. These can also damage fabrics. For bedlinen with colour, use special colour safe detergent that doesn’t contain bleaching agents.


For best results, iron bed linens whilst still slightly damp, using a steam iron. In the event that linens have become bone-dry, we advise re-damping with a water spray before ironing. As with a shirt collar, always iron the corners of pillowcases from the outside inwards to avoid corner creasing. If the item is embroidered or embellished, iron this area on the reverse to enhance and protect it.

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Storing Your Bed Linen

Make sure your linen is completely dry before you put it away. Store it in a clean, dust-free place on a flat surface and away from direct sunlight that could bleach and mark it. A linen cupboard is ideal but there are countless other places to store your bed linen. For example in a divan, drawers under the bed, an ottoman or in a lined bottom drawer. If you are using an airing cupboard, make sure you line the shelves with non-marking. To save you searching endlessly for all your various bed linens, create separate piles for each bedroom and store each washed set in a spare pillowcase.

Scenting Your Linen

There is nothing lovelier than lavender-scented linen. It’s easy to achieve, simply store your sheets alongside scented sachets and spritz with linen spray or pillow mist. What’s more, if you do this just before you settle down for sleeping, the bedroom will also smell wonderfully fresh and soothing.

Chrissie Rucker MBE

“Fold your bed linen into a manageable size for your ironing board and iron right side out. It’s really worth investing in a wide ironing board and also a good-quality steam iron. I have one with a large removable water tank (avoid pressurised irons, though, as you can wait up to 20 minutes for the pressure to reduce before you can re-fill).”

Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company.

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