Sateen sheets are high-quality sheets woven in the same way as traditional satin. Unlike satin, sateen sheets are made with more common fibers, such as cotton. Sateen sheets have a softer and silkier feel that allows the skin to slide smoothly into the bed.

Sateen sheets are available in very high thread counts, and as such, are quite durable. If you have beautiful satin bed sheet sets and wonder what the best way to wash the sateen sheet is, this guide is for you.

Why is Sateen Similar to Satin?


Here are some reasons that make them similar.

  1. • Sateen sheets are woven using the same method as satin, and so they have some similarities.
  2. • Weaves used on satin and sateen are shiny as the threads are not woven into one another as frequently.
  3. • It has long sections of thread which lie on threads that are woven perpendicular to them.
  4. • The fabric is stitched only on the backside, leaving the front soft and smooth.


How to Take Care of Sateen Sheets?


Sateen sheets can be washed easily at home. However, make sure to wash soiled sheets in cold water with mild detergent on a gentle cycle. After washing, make sure to dry the sheets on a cold, dry cycle with the dryer on its air-dry mode.

You don’t need to add any fabric softener or any other chemical treatments to properly make the sateen sheets. Bed sheets is not tricky, but there are some things to keep in mind while doing your laundry.


It is essential to wash your sheets as fluid and dirt from your body can stain it, and sleep on dirty 


6 Tips to Wash Sateen Bed Sheets

Tip 1

• Wash sheets separately from towels and other clothing. This allows the sheets to move in the water quickly, thereby making them cleaner.

• Washing your sateen sheets alone also prevents them from getting damaged caused by zippers and other fasteners.

• It also reduces the amount of pulling that can occur over time.

Tip 2

• Always pretreat stains on the sateen sheet before washing. Avoid using bleach on sateen bed sheets as it may damage the fabric.

• If you need to brighten white sheets, you can add ¼ cup of lemon juice or white vinegar to the wash water instead of using bleach.

• If possible, try to use a mild detergent or a special detergent for sateen bed sheets.

Tip 3

• If your washer has a center agitator, make a loose ball of your sateen sheet before you throw it into the tub.

• It will help reduce the damage that can be caused as a result of your sheet coming in contact with the agitator.

Tip 4

• Make sure to wash your sateen sheets using a gentle wash cycle and cold or lukewarm water.

• Take out the sheets as soon as the cycle is over. This will help prevent wrinkles.

• Shaking your bed sheets out before putting them in the dryer can help reduce wrinkles.

Tip 5

• When you can, dry the sateen bed sheets on an outside clothesline while ensuring that it is out of direct sunlight.

• If you are drying your sheets in the clothes dryer, use a low heat setting to avoid damage caused due to high temperatures.

Tip 6

• When the cycle is over, remove the sheets and fold them, smoothing the wrinkles with your hands.

• If the wrinkles are smooth, dry the bed sheets for another five minutes with a damp towel thrown into the dryer to add moisture.



  1. • Can I wash silk at home?

 - Yes you can, but avoid putting your sheets in your washing machine. Wash them by hand instead as silk can be really delicate

  1. • Do cotton sateen sheets shrink?

 - Cotton sheets in general should be washed in cold water. Washing Cotton sheets in hot water causes excessive shrinkage which make fabric hard and stiff.

  1. • How to soften sateen sheets?

There are 3 steps to soften your sheets:

  1. • Firstly add ½ cup of borax to a tub of cool water and soak your sheets into the solution overnight.
  2. • The next day run them through a wash cycle without putting any detergent and dry
  3. • Add 1 cup of salt to a laundry tub of cool water and let your sheets soak for a couple of days


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