Are Wrinkle Free Sheets Really Good For You?
Everyone wants wrinkle-free on almost everything: skin, clothes, and even bed sheets. Because of this, many splurge on dermatologist appointments and spend time ironing their outfits. Most homeowners prefer crease-free bedding sheets to enjoy a five-star hotel feel at home.
Since almost everything looks ideal when wrinkle-free, bed sheet manufacturers came up with crease-free sheets. Unfortunately, what may seem enticing to look at can be harmful to health. In this article, we’ll talk about the truth behind this type of bed sheet.
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What Are Wrinkle-Free Bed Sheets?
Wrinkle-free sheets are designed to be resistant to wrinkling even after multiple washes. Some come in materials that are less likely to wrinkle than others, but most are treated with chemicals to ensure they won’t need ironing.
These sheets often have these labels:
- Durable press
- Easy care
- Permanent press
There’s no denying that the feeling of snuggling in pressed, crisp sheets is relaxing enough to lull you to sleep. Plus, crease-free sheets can make your space look more put together. By choosing wrinkle-resistant sheets, you can enjoy these benefits without the hassle of ironing, steaming, or spraying.
Besides less wrinkling, this type of bed sheet is made of different fibres. This means you can choose one that suits your sleeping needs and preferences.
Here are other benefits that crease-free sheets offer:
- Minimal or no ironing required
- Quick air-dry
Your bed is supposed to make you feel as cosy, safe, and comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, if you’re using wrinkle-free bedding sheets to make your room extra presentable, you might be putting your health at risk.
There’s a cost to achieving that crease-free magic. To make fibres stay in place and avoid wrinkling, most wrinkle-free sheets are treated or “finished” with resin.
This chemical process generally includes the use of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde. The fabric is soaked or exposed to formaldehyde gases and then baked at around 149 degrees Celsius to prevent the fibres from wrinkling after multiple washes.
The Dangers of Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a strong, pungent odour. It is commonly found in different items in your home, such as household products, including pesticides, detergents, and paints. It may even be present in your clothes, pillowcases, and bed sheets.
Although it makes sheets look pressed and clean, this toxic chemical is mainly used as an embalming fluid. That said, it has potential negative health effects. In fact, it was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a human carcinogen.
When breathed into the lungs or absorbed through the skin, one may experience chemical effects, depending on their sensitivity to the chemical and the intensity and length of the exposure. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that formaldehyde exposure may potentially cause these symptoms:
- Eye irritation
- Nose irritation
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
Other effects due to short-term and long-term formaldehyde exposure include:
- Asthma attacks
- Chest tightness
- Contact dermatitis
- Difficulty in breathing
- Endocrine disruption
- Nasopharyngeal cancer
- Nervous system damage
- Pulmonary edema
- Respiratory issues
- Watery eyes
How to Look for Safe Wrinkle-Resistant Bedding Sheets
Wrinkles in your bed sheets may indicate that they’re safe for use. The drawback is they may make your space appear messy and uninviting. If you want beddings without a wrinkle in sight that don’t contain harmful chemicals, consider following these tips:
Buy Sateen Weave Sheets
Sateen refers to a weave pattern rather than a material. This weave uses a pattern of one yarn under three or four yarns over, giving it a heavier feel than other weaves. This allows sleepers to feel the sensation of weightiness, which is favoured by many. It helps users feel warmer, making the ideal audience the people who sleep cool or live in cold climates.
The smoothness of the fabric and the amount of wrinkling depends on the tightness of the weave, which is determined by the thread count. Generally, sheets that are more densely woven resist wrinkles more easily. Simply put, the higher the bed sheet thread count, the less wrinkling there is.
Look for Oeko-Tex® Certification
The best way to avoid sheets treated with formaldehyde is to shop smart. Besides avoiding buying sheets labelled “wrinkle-free,” look for the Oeko-Tex® certification in the product label.
Sheets that meet the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 have been tested for the presence of harmful chemicals and are free of toxic substances. By buying these sheets, you and your family will stay safe and attain peace of mind while enjoying your good night’s rest.
Choose Wrinkle-Resistant Fabrics
When it comes to buying sheets, you have many options. They come in different materials, including cotton, linen, silk, flannel, synthetic fabrics, and more. However, some fabrics are more prone to wrinkling than others. If you are looking for sheets that don’t wrinkle easily, try TENCEL™ bed sheets.
TENCEL™ sheets are wrinkle-resistant because they have strong bonds between their fibre molecules, unlike other fabrics with weak bonds that tend to break easily. TENCEL™ fabric also has a high glass transition level that resists wrinkle formation.
Wrinkle-bed bed sheets may seem pretty, but these aesthetically pleasing sheets are not worth putting your health at risk for. Now that you know the truth behind them and the potential effects of the chemical used to achieve this crease-free look, you can avoid choosing toxic bedding.
You deserve to be healthy while enjoying wrinkle-free sheets. Instead of unnecessarily exposing yourself to harmful chemicals during sleep, invest in high-quality, safe sheets that don’t wrinkle easily, like our TENCEL™ lyocell sheets.
Discover Weavve’s Sheets
Weavve’s Cotton Sateen Bedsheets
The Weavve Cotton sheet starts with extra-long staple cotton fibres. Fewer extra-long staple fibres are required to spin the same length of yarn. As Weavve’s threads are finer (100 yarn count), we’re able to squeeze more together, resulting in a high thread count. We’re also using single ply threads, giving you stronger, smoother and lighter sheets.
Our cotton sateen linen uses a four over and one under weave pattern as well as processes like singeing and calendaring to give our sateen sheets a luxurious sheen and smooth feel. Pre shrinking also prevents our sheets from shrinking during regular washing.
Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Sheets
What makes Weavve’s TENCEL™ sheets stand out from others is we ensure our products are responsibly made. We care about the environment and our teams, so all processes involved, from sourcing, production, and sale, are sustainable and reduce the environmental 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.