The first thing I did was to throw the my Calif. King size sheets into the washing machine on the hot temperature. I wanted of course to wash prior to making our bed but also to see how they would hold up, well they came out beautifully. Little or no ironing needed on the top sheet. The color Taupe was perfect, it's a dark taupe but not as dark as the chocolate. These sheets are 400 thread count, single ply so they are perfect for our hot California weather. I will purchase another set in a different color next time.