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How Long Should a Set of Sheets Last?


A pile of folded sheets with varying finishes and textures.

An important consideration when purchasing high-quality linens is their longevity. Our customers ask us the same question: How long should a set of sheets last before they should be replaced?

There are many considerations when estimating the life of sheets. Generally the better the quality the longer they should last. In most cases, with normal usage, sheets can last between 3 months and 5 years, depending on the material and construction quality. At Peacock Alley, our sheets generally last 3-5 years with normal usage. When trying to determine the life of sheets, keep these things in mind:

Proper Linen Care

Caring for your sheets when washing and drying them will increase the lifespan of your sheets. Now that you’ve purchased luxury linens, they should be cared for like a luxury-garment. Refrain from using harsh detergents and drying linens on high heat, which deteriorate the fibers more quickly, and compromise the elasticity of the fitted sheet.

We recommend LeBlanc Linen Wash and Linen Water.  Once the sheets are on the bed, lightly spray them with linen water for an added crisp fragrance.

Original LeBlanc Linen Wash pictured with three lemons

Sheet Fabric

Cotton sheets, much like clothing, will wear more quickly. Sheets with polyester blends or different fibers will have a longer life.

Type of Sheet

The usage of a sheet will also determine its lifespan. Fitted sheets will wear faster than flat sheets. When you move in your sleep it gets more friction and wear.

Sheet Cycling

If you’re using the same set of sheets night after night, they will wear faster than if you’re rotating sets. We recommend rotating 2-3 sets between the bed, the linen closet, and the laundry, so your sheets will have a break from use. You’ll also always have freshly laundered sheets.

If you have any questions about the care of your linens, see our care instructions on peacockalley.com

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2 comments

  • Karen, Thank you for your question. We would not recommend using any harsh chemicals on our sheeting as bleaches and other like cleaning agents deteriorate the cotton fibers.

    peacockalleyusa
  • I generally use a mild bleach solution, to remove any oil from the pillow case. Be it night cream or natural oil, from my husband’s balding head.
    Why do you not recommend bleach?
    After all, it’s cotton, as fine as it is.
    Then after washing in warm (not hot) water, I never put my cases into the dryer. I’m in Florida,
    and tend to hang out in the sun to dry.

    Karen

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