- Always wash your flannel sheets in cold water and if possible on the gentle cycle.
- Add one cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Adding vinegar will allow the fibres to expand. Vinegar helps make your flannel sheets soft while preserving the colour from fading and looking dingy over time.
- Avoid Fabric Softener- Fabric Softener leaves chemicals behind hat stiffen fabric fibers and reduce flannels softenss over time. The buildup from the softener also increases the appearance of pills.
- Tumble dry on warm or medium heat on a gentle setting and or/remove sheets from your dryer when the sheets are slighly damp. Do not use dryer sheets. Dryer sheets can cause undue friction that causes the flannel to pill over time.
- Avoid shrinking, dry your sheets on a gentle heat. Remove and fluff before folding.
All our clinic treatment table percal sheets are suitable for commercial laundry. If you find your self washing percale sheets in your own clinic or home studio, please follow the washing instuctions below.
- Pretreat oil or cosmetic stains with an enzyme base cleaner such as Myo-ther N-Zyme or Orange Degreaser. These soaps are formulated to break up oil and grease and work great on T200 to T260 Percale massage table sheets. For challenging stains and the best chance of getting oils out of yoru linens, pre-treat within 24 hours.
- Avoid Using Bleach when washing your percale sheets as bleach will damage the cotton fibres and over time your will notice wear. If you need to brighten your white sheets, add 1/2 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your wash. Wash your linens in warm water or (hot if oil soaked*). Use a cold water rinse.
- Dry your sheets as normal. Use a low heat setting*. Throwing a few tennis or wool balls will reduce drying time.
- Remove linens promptly as soon as the dryer stops to avoid wrinkles.
Using cold water, to wash your sheets may not remove all brands of massage oils from the fibres. If you are using massage oils that do not disperse in cold water, these oils may accumulate in your clinic sheets. Energy effecient dryers have reduced, or eliminated cool down cycles.
If your sheets are oil ladden, and if you dry your sheets on high, without a cool down cycle, remove, stack or leave "hot" sheets in, or outside of your dryer, you run the risk of combustion and FIRE.
Caring for microfiber is pretty easy if you know the rules. Microfiber sheets can last hundreds of washings if you stay away from the 2 big no-nos for microfiber:
- No Heat in the dryer!
- No Fabric Softeners!
For commercial washing instructions please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Instructions For Washing in House
- Wash in warm or hot water with mild detergent.
- No fabric softeners – they clog the open spaces in the microfiber, making the fabric useless
- Be careful what you wash with your microfiber. Avoid anything made with cotton because the microfiber will grab on to the lint
- Ideally wash microfiber with only microfiber but if you must mix loads, wash with other non-linting synthetics.
Like anything you wash, be sure to separate your white or light colored microfiber from your dark colored microfiber.
Drying Microfiber in House
- Microfiber dries relatively quickly
- When using a dryer, set it on low heat or no heat (max 140 F)
Commercial Washing Of Microfiber Sheets
For maximum performance and longevity, follow these guidelines for commercial laundering:
- High solvent detergent for heavy soil
- No Alkaline
- No Bleach
- No Fabric Softener
Fleece blankets are perfect fo clinic use. Lightweight, warm, cozy, easy to wash and fast to dry. But fleece blankets can lose their fluffiness if not washed correctly. Please read below to share with you how to wash fleece blankets without ruining them.
The texture of fleece blankets and the fact that fleece is a synthetic fabric means that you can’t wash them the same way as you would other blankets if you want to keep them fluffy. It is best to wash fleece blankets in cool or cold water. You should also use a mild detergent and the delicate cycle, then dry them using low heat.
- When washing a fleece blanket, set the washing machine to the gentle or delicate cycle. Doing so will lower the washing machine's agitation so that it isn't as rough on delicate fibers. It also helps to ensure that the texture of the blanket doesn't get ruined.
- After washing, toss blankets in the dryer on a low- or no-heat cycle, or you can use the “tumble dry” or “air fluff” setting. Do not dry your fleece blanket on high heat, which can cause the blanket fibers to melt or shrink. You can also throw in a dryer sheet so that your blanket smells good as well as feels good.
Things to Avoid
When laundering a fleece blanket, doing any combination of these things could cause the blanket to become ruined.
Be sure to avoid them at all costs.
- Heat- can damage the synthetic fibers and ruin a fleece blanket.
- Bleach- Avoid using bleach on fleece. The harsh chemicals are too much for the delicate fibers.
- Liquid fabric softener- Liquid fabric softener works by coating the fibers with a lubricant, which could negatively affect the texture of soft fabrics like fleece. Dryer sheets are okay to use.
- Timed dryer cycles- Using the timed dryer cycle to speed up drying is not recommended
Cotton Thermal Blankets
Cotton is a durable fabric and one of the most popular fabric choices for wellness clinics and hospitals. Cotton blankets are soft, warm, and comfortable. Cotton blankets have consistently stood the test of time and, if treated with care, will last a lifetime or beyond, but there is a kink in their durable armor when it comes to washing and caring for them.
- Cotton will still shrink by about 5% over time, but it also stretches when wet, which accounts for the blanket's shape distorting if the washing instructions are not adhered to. Cotton is highly absorbent and can absorb twice its weight in water.
- The best storage for a cotton blanket is directly back on your clinic treatment bed. but if you must pack your cotton blankets away, it's best to use breathable storage racks and store them in a dark, dry place to protect against mold and UV rays.
- If storing your cotton for long periods (months vs weeks), use storage bags to reduce the risk of damage from fish moths and other critters that thrive on natural fabrics.
- Follow the washing instructions on the label of your cotton blanket.
- Wash your cotton blanket in cold or slightly warm (room temperature) water. A cold-water wash helps to prevent shrinkage and also keeps colors vibrant. Cotton blankets can be washed frequently in cold water without showing wear.
- Always make sure your blanket fits into your washing machine with room to move during the wash cycle. Do not overfill your machine.
- Select a size setting larger than your blanket to ensure the blanket is completely covered with water.
- Use gentle washing detergent and fabric softeners and be sure to predilute them to avoid concentrated detergent focused on only one part of the blanket.
- Tumble dry your blanket on the lowest heat setting. Tumble dry until almost dry, and air dry your damp blanket placed flat on a raised drying platform. Be sure to clean the dryer filters immediately after every use.
- Presoak blankets with a natural enzymatic cleaner beofre washing.
If you've ever attempted to use a new bath towel without first washing it, you probably noticed it will not absorb much water. This is because some cotton towels are treated with a silicone finish at the end of the manufacturing process. This provides the perception of "softness" to customers who are touching the towel while shopping in retail stores.
In reality, that silicone coats the towel fibers and significantly diminishes their absorbency. To remove this silicone finish, and wash away any excess dye from a colored towel, you should absolutely wash towels before their first use.
Commercial Clinic Towels, like the ones we sell at Body Best, are not treated with Silione. This is why our towels are not as "soft" as the same towel you might find in a retail towel store.
Three Simple Steps To Soft, Absorbent Towels
Regardless, we always recommend washing new towels before using them. A few washes with a gentle detergent will remove any silicone coating and break-in your new towels (see below for towel care guidelines). But you can speed up the break-in period with this simple three-step process that will leave your clinic towels feeling soft and absorbent. Best of all, it requires only white vinegar and baking soda, two staples you likely have right in your pantry.
Step 1: Wash your new towel or towel set in warm to hot water -- not scalding -- on a regular wash cycle with one cup of white distilled vinegar. DO NOT USE DETERGENT, only white vinegar.
Step 2: Run the load a second time using only a half-cup of baking soda. AGAIN, DO NOT USE DETERGENT, only baking soda.
Step 3: Dry according to instructions WITHOUT fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Note: Never use fabric softener or dryer sheets on your towels. Fabric softener smells nice and adds the illusion of softness; in fact, this product actually deposits a waxy coating that breaks down the luxurious cotton fibers of your towels and makes them less absorbent. Dryer sheets do similar damage; the waxy build-up on towels ruins absorbency and is not good for your dryer either. Instead, we recommend using a set of wool dryer balls to increase softness and shorten drying time.
A Quick Refresh for Tired Towels
Over time, even the highest quality terry towel can develop a musty smell, lose absorbency, and appear dingy. This is to be expected with regular use and is typically caused by the effects of hard water and detergent build-up.
The good news is, you can follow the three steps outlined above to refresh your musty, smelly towels right in your washing machine. will leave them looking and feeling like new with renewed softness and absorbency.
Regular Care for Luxury Towels (hotel quality spa towels)
Taking good care of your luxury towels is essential to extending their beauty, feel, and performance. Here are a few quick tips to keep your towels clean and looking good:
Use a pH-neutral formula laundry detergent. pH-neutral detergents contains plant-based ingredients and powerful enzymes to clean your towels while protecting the integrity of the fabric.
- Always sort towels before washing by both color and weight. Wash towels separately from sheets and don't overload your machine.
- Follow care instructions. Use bleach sparingly, if allowed, and only on a white towel or towel set. (Chlorine bleach should never be used on any kind of colored towel. Use non-chlorine bleach if recommended on label).
- Never use fabric softener or dryer sheets, which can cause waxy build-up on towels. Use wool dryer balls instead.