How to Iron Cotton Bedlinen I Soak&Sleep

Egyptian cotton is one of the finest materials in the world for making bed linen, and the finest materials deserve the very best care to make them feel amazing night after night, wash after wash. 

Loving that hotel luxury feeling in your very own home? Let’s keep it that way. When caring for your bedding, consider these factors to get the very best results. 

Why should you iron your sheets?

Ironing your sheets is a personal preference, as it doesn't impact the quality and longevity of the bedding. Some bed sheets after they've gone through the wash can get creased and appear messy. If you're wanting to create that perfect hotel room look, it's best to give your sheets an iron so they are crisp and look beautiful on the bed. 

Can Egyptian cotton be easy to care for?

Yes, but this either requires polyester being blended into the yarns, or a chemical finish put on it that lasts only a handful of washes – neither of which we do because we like to keep things pure and simple.


Does the weave of your bed linen make a difference to the care?

The weave of your bed linen makes quite a large difference to the care. Let’s take the main two found in bed linen; percale weaves are smooth and crisp which need a bit more steam than normal, while sateen weaves, such as our 600TC Egyptian Cotton Bedding, are soft and silky with a supple drape, making them slightly easier to iron.

Tips for ironing Egyptian cotton bed sheets

Because Egyptian cotton is stronger and more durable than regular cotton, creases tend to set in a bit more, but it’s nothing that a little bit of steam can’t fix.

So, if you find ironing Egyptian cotton bed linen a little on the tricky side, consider the following tips:


1. Wash on a cooler wash

30 degrees will do (which is not only better for the environment but will help to not set creases in). What’s more, modern detergents are very good at what they do so there’s no need to boil wash.

2. Remove your bedding from the washing machine promptly

Either tumble dry or line dry until ever-so-slightly damp – it shouldn’t be wet, but just shy of bone dry.

3. Iron out the remaining moisture on the appropriate heat setting

The moisture will help to lift out creases. Always check the wash care label, but in general, a medium-high heat will do the best job in making your bedding beautifully smooth again.

4. Use more steam

Especially for slightly more stubborn areas and if you need more moisture use the spray function on your iron if you’ve got one.

Soak&Sleep expert Top Tip


If you don’t have a spray function on your iron, save the spray bottles from your kitchen rather than throwing them away. Make sure they are completely washed out before using on your pillows and duvet, and it’s probably best to avoid any that held bleaching agents previously.

If you prefer not to iron and you’re okay with a little creasing, then allow bedding to dry thoroughly on a washing line to let some of the creases drop out, then fold neatly and put away in the laundry cupboard.

If you have tumble dried your bedding then remove when ever-so-slightly damp as before, and dry the remaining moisture on the washing line. This will also allow for most creases to drop out, fold neatly and put away as before, resulting in a hotel look. To learn more about how to create that check-in feeling head over to our blog on 5 ways to turn your bedroom into a luxury getaway.

Now you know how to care for it, kit your bedroom out in Egyptian cotton, and enjoy good sleep night after night.