Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly


Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly


In this post, we delve into different ways of ironing bed sheets so you can create a wrinkle free bed. These include finding the best iron to use on sheets and step by step guide on ironing on both the ironing board and on the bed. We also look into washing and drying techniques that effectively minimize wrinkles. We even uncover the secrets behind perfectly pressed hotel bed sheets. 

Here at Baobab Living, we understand that bed sheets made of natural fibers—such as organic cotton, organic linen, and organic hemp—that have not been chemically straightened (like polyester, nylon, etc.) do show some wrinkles after laundry. So why do people still choose to buy sheets that have not been permanently de-wrinkled? Because of the benefits that come with natural organic fibers such as organic cotton. Synthetic fibers that have been permanently de-wrinkled use harsh chemicals that can cause health issues and harm the environment.


Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly

Properly washing  and drying bed sheets minimize wrinkles. Here are some general techniques to help minimize wrinkles:

  • Follow Care Instructions: Always check the care label on your sheets for specific washing and drying instructions. 5
  • Separate Sheets: Wash bed sheets separately from other laundry items, especially heavy items like towels, which can cause abrasion and increase wrinkling.
  • Avoid Overloading the Washer: Don't overload the washing machine. Giving sheets enough space to move freely during the wash cycle can prevent wrinkles from forming.
  • Use Gentle Cycle: Use a gentle or delicate cycle on your washing machine to minimize agitation, which can lead to wrinkles.
  • Choose Detergent that is Mild: Mild detergent is best for fabric that is delicate. Harsh detergents can weaken fibers and contribute to wrinkling.
  • Remove Promptly: Promptly remove sheets from the washing machine as soon as the cycle ends to minimize wrinkles caused by sitting in the machine.
  • Shake Out Before Drying: Before putting sheets in the dryer, give them a good shake to remove any excess wrinkles.
  • Dry Properly: Choose a low or medium heat setting on your dryer. High heat can damage fibers and cause excessive wrinkling. If possible, consider air-drying sheets outdoors for a natural, wrinkle-free finish.
  • Dry in Batches: Avoid overcrowding the dryer. Dry sheets in smaller batches to allow for better airflow and less wrinkling.
  • Remove Promptly from Dryer: As soon as the dryer cycle is complete, promptly remove the sheets and fold, iron, or put them on the bed immediately. Allowing sheets to sit in the dryer can result in more wrinkles.
  • Iron or Fold: If you choose to iron the bedsheets, follow the ironing instructions written in this post. But, if you decide that you will store the sheets without ironing, make sure you fold them properly. When folding the sheets, smooth out any wrinkles by hand as you fold them. Store folded sheets neatly to prevent additional wrinkles.


      Rotary Irons 

      Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly

      Ironing bedding items such as bed sheets and bed covers in large sizes is not easy. It takes quite an effort to maneuver the large amount of fabric on an iron board using normal irons. To solve this problem, some people (especially boutique hotels and  bed and breakfasts) use rotary irons. Rotary irons can handle sheets, bed covers, curtains, and are also good for ironing tablecloths,  effortlessly. They use a roller system, ideal for all sorts of linens and clothes. You feed the washed linen into the roller and lower the heating element with a foot pedal. It irons the item against the roller, coming out pressed on the other side. Rotary irons are not cheap—they cost between $2,500 and $4,000. The standard ones are cheaper than the professional rotary irons. 

      Miele's Rotary Irons are well known. One example is the Miele B990 Rotary Iron.  It features a simple control panel, wide width roller, foot pedal for speed control, and a fold-away design for easy storage. It's designed for comfortable ironing with added safety features like a finger guard and emergency release button. The Miele HM16-80 D [EL] Rotary Iron has a steam function and is their professional ironing appliance. It's good for those who iron in large quantities.

      These Miele’s Rotary Irons are not sold via Miele’s website but through their dealers/partners. Search on their website under ‘find a dealer’, enter your postcode and check the laundry box. Shops that carry Miele’s appliances will be listed, however, they do not specify if the Rotary Irons are actually carried by these stores. It's best to use the phone numbers listed to call the shops and enquire before going there.

      Other people refer to rotary irons as linen press machines. But linen press machines are shaped like a sandwich toaster. You put the fabric between the iron plates and shut. 


      When it comes to ironing bed sheets easily and quickly, steamers can be a convenient alternative to traditional irons. Especially for larger sheets like those for king or queen-sized beds. Look for steamers with high steam output. The more steam produced, the better it will be at removing wrinkles from bed sheets efficiently. Also, a larger water tank will allow you to steam for longer periods without needing frequent refills. This is particularly useful when ironing larger bed sheets.

      A linen steamer with a wide steam head would come in handy because it would cover more surface area of the bed sheet. Thus, reducing the time and effort required to steam the entire sheet or a larger area of the sheet. 

      Choose a steamer that is easy to use and maneuver. Because bed sheets have a large fabric yardage to cover, look for a steamer with a long cord and a comfortable handle grip. It is also best to check for safety features such as automatic shut-off and cool-touch housing to prevent accidents and injuries.

      There are popular steamers that are often recommended for ironing bed sheets. These include models from brands like Rowenta, Conair, and Jiffy. 

      Traditional Irons

      Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly

      Several factors should be considered when choosing an ordinary iron for ironing bed sheets. Look for an iron with a powerful steam output to help relax fabric fibers, making it easier to remove wrinkles. Choose a soleplate made of durable materials such as stainless steel, ceramic, or nonstick for smooth gliding and even heat distribution. 

      Adjustable heat settings are crucial when dealing with delicate fabrics like silk or satin. Choose an iron from a reputable brand known for durability and safety features like automatic shut-off to prevent accidents. Several popular traditional irons are suitable for ironing linen. Reading reviews before purchasing might help.


      Ironers, feeders, and folders are built for large laundry facilities such as big hotels and manufacturing factories that wash and iron hundreds of sheets in one day. Ironers are equipped with an internal heated roller, where sheets are fed for ironing and drying purposes. These machines vary in size and offer a range of heating options, which may include steam, gas, oil, or electric heating methods.

      Feeders and folders are essential additions for maximizing efficiency in big laundry operations. A feeder simplifies the process of loading sheets into the ironer, dramatically increasing the rate of production. With advanced models, the need for manual clipping is eliminated, enabling the handling of up to 1,200 sheets hourly. Similarly, folders swiftly transform sheets into neatly folded blocks.


      Before you start, prepare by gathering all necessary items (iron, ironing board, distilled water, spray bottle). Select a well-lit and spacious area for ironing and ensure the iron is clean and in working condition. Here are the ironing steps:

      1. Understanding the appropriate ironing temperature for different fabrics
      2. Start by ironing the pillowcases and smaller pieces first, before working on the larger sheets.
      3. Before you start ironing, give everything a good shake to smooth out any wrinkles.
      4. If you come across stubborn wrinkles, use either the steam function on your iron or a damp cloth to help remove them.
      5. Iron in sections, beginning from the edges and working your way towards the center, paying close attention to corners and seams.
      6. Be sure to address common issues like stubborn wrinkles or accidentally scorching the fabric, and offer solutions to fix them.
      7. Before you start ironing, make sure everything is in place and your ironing board is set up. It's not a good idea to be scrambling for missing items with a hot iron on.
      8. It's best to iron sheets while they're still slightly damp rather than waiting for them to dry. This saves time and makes the process faster.
      9. Check the care instructions on your linens before setting your iron to a high temperature to avoid damaging them.
      10. You may use natural corn starch to harden the side hems of the pillowcases or other parts of the sheets that you want hardened. Most starch sprays you find in shops have synthetic fragrance or chemicals that could harm the skin. You can make a starch spray at home by mixing 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle..
      11. When folding sheets, fold them lengthwise first, then iron in halves or thirds.

      How to Iron Fitted Sheets

      1. Snugly pull the fitted sheet over the ironing board to get a smooth surface.
      2. Locate each corner of the fitted sheet and tuck one corner into another, creating a neat edge or envelope.
      3. Iron the tucked side of the fitted sheet first
      4. Then fold it in half with the top side facing up


      Ironing sheets can be tricky, especially if you are using a normal standard iron. To find a quick fix to this problem, some people opt to iron the sheets or at least the visible areas while the sheets are on the bed and the bed is fully made. The best irons to use are handheld steamers than your everyday standard iron. Standard irons can burn your sheets and mattress, if you are not careful. Check the care instructions for your sheets to ensure they're suitable for ironing before you begin.

      Using a handheld steamer: This is a straightforward way to iron sheets on the bed. You simply fill the tank with water and close it. Turn on the steamer and start running it through the wrinkled areas of the sheets, pillowcases, and even comforter/duvet cover. Make sure you press hard enough to reach the deep wrinkled areas. Keep those hands away from the heated plate and steam.  

      Using an iron: Use a low heat setting on your iron to reduce the risk of accidentally burning other bedding or your mattress. Keep the iron moving as you spray water onto the sheets, avoiding lingering on any one crease for too long. Avoid ironing on the bed if you have a memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress, as it can be challenging to get a smooth surface on soft mattresses.


      Ironing Bed Sheets Easily and Quickly

      After ironing your bed sheets, fold them neatly to prevent wrinkles from reappearing. Here are some tips for storing bed sheets (whether they are made from cotton, linen, or other fibers):

      • Keep sets together: Keep matching sets together to be able to find pieces easily. Fold fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases together.
      • Choose a Dark, Dry Spot: Utilize spaces like trunk tables or under-bed containers, which offer dry and dark environments ideal for storing linens. This will maintain quality. 
      • Master the Fold: Fold fitted sheets neatly by laying them flat and tucking the elastic corners into themselves. Group matching sets together for easy retrieval, and roll blankets and tie them with ribbon for simple storage.
      • Use Fabric Bags: Store your sheets in fabric bags to protect them from dust. Washing these bags regularly keeps your linens fresh. Use large pillowcases as an alternative storage solution. Some people flatten bulky bedding items by stacking them in vacuum-sealed bags to save space. Remember that most of these vacuum seal bags are plastics, and of course, a big contributor to the climate change problem. Also, they create awkward shapes that are difficult to store efficiently.
      • There are other plastic free vacuum seal bags that are compostable and biodegradable—made from plant cellulose. Fabric bags don't compress but they do the job really well and they can be used over and over again for a long time. 
      • Avoid Plastics and Overcrowding: Steer clear of plastic containers or cardboard, as they can cause yellowing. Don't overload the shelves and label shelves for easy organization.
      • For Freshness: Use natural alternatives to synthetic fragranced sachets for textile. A lot of the sachets for freshness consist of synthetic fragrances and chemicals that are not good for your skin. You can make natural scents at home using natural ingredients like herbs and essential oils. You may search online and learn how to create sachets with natural scents at home and place these in your linen closet or storage spaces. Place them away from your sheets to ensure they won't dye your sheets accidentally.
      • Utilize Furniture Storage: Wide-mouth baskets or benches with hidden storage are excellent for storing throw blankets and sheets. Consider an ottoman for living room blankets or a blanket ladder for heavy blankets.


      In conclusion, in order to achieve wrinkle-free bed sheets one needs to follow some techniques and tools. From meticulous ironing on an ironing board, using a rotary iron, to innovative methods like ironing directly on the bed. We've explored a range of strategies to achieve the desired result. Additionally, understanding the industrial practices employed by hotels sheds light on professional-grade ironing equipment and techniques. Finally, proper folding and storage techniques ensure that your bed sheets maintain their pristine appearance until their next use.

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