How Long Should a Set of Sheets Last?

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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?

Peacock Alley bedsheets are made to perform for you for several years. The lifespan of sheets truly depends on quality of fabric and the quality of care you give them. Proper case for bedsheets increases their lifespan. Peacock Alley sheets are made with long staple cotton, which results in stronger yarns for less piling and tearing over time. 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 bed 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


  • I am highly allergic to dust and mold, and I tend to get eeky skin conditions. The short of it is: I just do not feel like bed linens, towels and underwear are sanitary enough if they were not washed on hot. I tend not to use Clorox a whole lot but I do throw Lysol sanitizer in every now and again. Towels definitely get dried on the hottest setting I can. Bed linens, underwear, t-shirts for sleeping and PJs – I compromise and dry them on medium.
    I can never understand the advice to wash linens on cold: but what about COOTIES?!

  • 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.

  • 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.


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