What are the best ways to keep your sheets fresh and clean, while at the same time make them durable? This can seem like a mammoth task, especially when you are doing a heap full of laundry every day of the year. That’s 250 to 365 wash cycles per sheet at the bare minimum.
Massage sheets and towels are an integral part of a spa experience and as a therapist, you want your clients to feel relaxed and comfortable in freshly laundered sheets.
1. Thread Count Matters
It all starts with choosing the right massage table sheets. There is a lot of buzz around thread count, which can get very confusing. Higher thread counts definitely feel soft but they aren’t strong enough to bear the high wash ratio of a spa. So save the deluxe 500-plus thread count sheets for home use. We recommend lower thread count massage sheets for spa use. They are light, easy to wash, they feel smooth, and they accumulate less oil residue. We recommend BodyBest Percale Massage Table Sheets that are all 180 to 250 thread count.
Read our blog on How to Choose Massage Table Sheets for Your Clinic or spa.
2. Oil Oil Go Away
One of the biggest challenges for spa owners is getting oil out of sheets. Over time the oil residue builds up. Apart from choosing the right washing method, selecting the right cleaning products is also important. Pre-treating oil stains is an excellent idea as it breaks up oil and grease, and works well on massage table sheets.
Pro Tip: To remove oil from sheets and linens, pre-treat them within 24 hours of an oil stain. If you are busy with your massage appointments, store the soiled linens in a black plastic bag and seal it. This will keep the sheets and linens away from fresh air and light. Air and light are known to intensify the stain and make it more difficult to remove. We suggest a pretreatment enzyme stain remover such as Myo-Ther N-Zyme.
3. Prevention is Always Better than Cure
More often than not, prevention the better solution. The best way to prevent oil stains is to avoid oils that stain. Switch to non-staining massage oils, lotions or gels. We highly recommend the following non staining massage lubricants:
- BodyBest Holly Massage Oil
- BodyBest Massage Lotion
- BioOrigin Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Bon Vital Naturale Massage Oil
- Biotone Revitalizing Massage Oil
- BioOrigin Silky Massage Gel
- Natural Elements Massage Gel
- Bon Vital Naturale Massage Gel
- Biotone Advanced Therapy Massage Lotion
- Bon Vital Therapeutic Touch Lotion
- Myo-Ther Signature Massage Lotion
Pro-Tip: We also recommend the use of disposable sheets on top of your sheets – especially for those heavy duty massages that involve a lot of sticky and greasy oils or gels. Try the disposable sheets from BodyBest.
4. Wonderful Washing, No Fire Fighting
Choosing the right washing cycles is key to maintaining healthy massage table sheets. Always wash your sheets and linens in lukewarm water. Avoid hot water as it will “cook” the oil into the sheets/linens, making the oil ultimately more difficult to remove. Over time, these sheets will become dense with oil residue and risk becoming a real fire hazard for your dryer.
High heat with oil residue in sheets is a major cause of fires in massage clinics and spas.
We recommend drying at a low to medium temperature (depending on the material of the sheet). Remove the sheets as soon as they dry, to avoid wrinkles. If the oil stains are not completely removed, repeat the washing process for a second time. Always read your washing machine and dryer instructions before using.
Ideally, hang massage table sheets to dry outdoors on a clothesline. This is a free service, and much better for the environment.
5. Bye Bye Bleach
When washing clinic sheets, avoid using bleach altogether. Bleach damages cotton fibres and over time can cause holes to appear.
Go Organic: If you need to brighten white sheets, add 1/2 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your wash. Wash the sheets in warm water with a cold rinse cycle.
We recommend using a low heat setting and throwing in a few tennis or wool balls to reduce the drying time. Remove sheets and linens as soon as the dryer stops to avoid wrinkles.