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How Long Do Bed Sheets Last and How Often Should You Replace Them?

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With the city’s hot and humid weather, a bedsheet in Singapore inevitably gets subjected to regular washing. Unfortunately, bed sheets age with constant use, which impacts their longevity as an investment for quality sleep. 


How can we prolong bedsheet lifespan of our sheets, and how often must we change our bedding sheets to balance hygiene and material quality in the long term? 


Choose Quality Bedding Sheets

Each bed sheet material has its own corresponding average bedsheet lifespan, determined by how the fabric is made. The material’s fiber length matters - longer threads generally make for sturdier fabric as the threads will be less likely to break with each wash. 


Thread count, pertaining to the number of threads that make up a square inch of fabric, also plays a role in determining fabric quality. A high thread count in bedsheets is highly appreciated, but note that what is considered a “high” thread count for sheets varies per material. As a general rule, look for bed sheets thread count ranging between 400 to 1000. Anything below 400 might not withstand much wear and tear, while the thread count of a bed sheet which is greater than 1000 will not provide much-added comfort and will be unnecessarily expensive as well.

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The weave also affects the look, feel, and longevity of the fabric. Plain weaves are the most common, evenly splitting the horizontal and vertical threads to provide equal pull. Sateen weaves use more vertical yarns, producing fabric that is silky smooth to the touch, but more vulnerable to pilling. Other complex and expensive weaves like jacquards and damasks are also available but will set you back quite a bit.


Fabrics made with ply yarns are also a plus, as these combine threads into multi ply yarns as foundations for stronger sheets that can withstand much friction.


Follow Care Instructions

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Don’t underestimate the pesky tag - these bedsheet care tags hold the key to extending the life of your bedsheets. The specifics lie on the tag, but in general, be sure to wash your sheets in a separate load from other laundry items. This allows them more space to circle around the washing machine for a deeper clean. Washing your sheets separately also protects them from getting stuck in hooks or zippers, and lessens the pilling that happens over time. 


It might be tempting to treat white bed sheets with bleach, but this will cause long-term damage. Instead, pre-treat stains before throwing the sheets in the wash. Natural bleaching agents such as adding ¼ cup lemon juice may also help to naturally whiten fabric. Use mild or special detergents best suited for bedsheet care.


Now we look into how these factors play into the most common types of bedding materials:


Most Common Bed Sheet Material Lifespans

Polyester

Polyester bed sheets are an affordable option for those changing bed sheets on a budget. It is lightweight, cool to the touch, and resistant to wrinkling, shrinkage, and color fading unlike its natural counterparts.


Average Life Span: 1-2 years

Care instructions: Polyester bed sheets can be washed via washing machine on warm water setting. You may choose to line dry or tumble dry the sheets on low or medium heat, removing them immediately after the cycle to reduce wrinkles.  


Cotton

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Cotton bed sheets in Singapore are very commonly used. These sheets are accessible, affordable, and adaptable to both warm and cool climates. 


Average Life Span: 2-3 years

Care instructions: Similar to polyester, wash using warm water then line dry or tumble dry on low heat. Limit the use of hot washes to cold or flu seasons only to prevent faster wear and tear. Cotton bedsheets may also fade and shrink in a hot wash, which is especially apparent in dark-colored sheets.


Linen

Linen bed sheets are a favorite among those with sensitive skin as the material is hypoallergenic and naturally cooling. While these sheets start out stiff, they get softer with every wash.


Average Life Span: 3-5 years

Care instructions: Linen bed sheets are best washed in cold water to prevent shrinkage and pilling. These are washing machine-compatible, but best cleaned on a gentle cycle as not to harm the natural fibers.


Bamboo

Bamboo bed sheets in Singapore are well-loved for the strengths of its natural fibers and environmentally-friendly processes. Bamboo sheets are antifungal, hypoallergenic, breathable and moisture-wicking, all with a reasonable price tag. 


Average Life Span: 13-15 years

Care instructions: Bamboo sheets are easy to care for with a mild laundry soap and a gentle wash cycle. Keep Bamboo sheets separate from other fabrics as the fabric fades in its first few wash cycles. Afterwards, line dry is most recommended.


Tencel

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TENCEL™ bed sheets in Singapore are a pioneer in 100% sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics. Also known as TENCEL™ Lyocell, tencel fibers are produced by an environmental and sustainable process, resulting in TENCEL™ bedsheets which are soft and cool to the touch, hypoallergenic, and wrinkle resistant. 


Average Life Span: 10+ years

Care instructions: A TENCEL™ bed sheet is best washed in cool water with a mild detergent. While line dry is best for a bed sheet, Tencel bedsheets may go through the dryer on low.


Even though some bed sheet materials can last you for many years, it is still recommended for you to replace your bed sheets every 2-3 years. This is because, this is usually when visible signs of wear and tear occur. Even the quality of the sheets may have decreased by then and could affect your level of sleep comfort. 

 

Do Bedsheets Really Need Changing?

Yes, they do. What we don’t see is that our sheets accumulate dirt and dead skin cells through days of sleep. Leaving your dirty sheets unchanged for a long period of time leaves you vulnerable to irritants which could develop into skin or respiratory allergies, or skin diseases such as contact dermatitis.


To combat this, a bedsheet change must be done at least once a week. Those with skin or respiratory issues may opt to change their sheets more frequently to prevent these worsening during their sleeping hours. 


Having multiple sets of sheets to cycle through also helps in improving bedsheet lifespan of each one. Think of them as dividing and conquering your peaceful night’s rest by taking weekly shifts - this way, each set wears out slower over time without compromise.


Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Sheets

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Weavve's TENCEL™ Lyocell Sheets are made with the best TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers that are spun into the finest 80s yarn count threads. These sheets are silky smooth and temperature regulating, making them perfect for areas with high temperatures. These fine single ply threads are then woven into a 400 thread count fabric, which allows your skin to dissipate heat easily, ensuring that you sleep cool and uninterrupted through the night. 


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Why Choose Weavve

Weavve’s TENCEL™ sheets are responsibly made, allowing it to stand out from other similar products. We, as a company show our care to the environment, by making sure that all of our processes, from sourcing, production and sales, are sustainable. This ensures that we reduce our carbon footprint.


Most importantly, we care about you. Your health and safety are our priorities, which is why we guarantee that our factories meet the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. You will get to sleep more soundly, knowing that our sheets are certified free from both regulated and non-regulated harmful substances.


TENCEL™ is also ideal as bed sheets for sensitive skin, thanks to its naturally hypoallergenic qualities. It resists dust and other particles and inhibits bacteria growth.


Enjoy a five-star hotel feel in the comfort of your home without ironing sheets or worrying about chemicals with our TENCEL™ sheets. To learn more about our products, check our bed sheet collection and bed sheet buying guide.

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