Quick Facts about Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets

June 14, 2016

by Jennie Stewart

Bedding Specialist

When it comes to cotton sheets, Egyptian cotton is widely accepted as the best. Before you start shopping for new sheets, it's important to know the facts. Keep reading to learn what to look for and things to consider when purchasing a new Egyptian cotton sheet set.

Stack of Egyptian cotton sheets

What Is Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton comes from the species Gossypium Barbadense, which is the same plant that Pima cotton comes from. However, the climate in Egypt, where Egyptian cotton is grown, produces a longer staple (fibers) than any other cotton. These long fibers are spun into extra-fine threads, which are then woven into a high-quality fabric.

Stack of neutral toned Egyptian cotton sheets

Are Egyptian Cotton Sheets Better Than Other Cotton Sheets?

When it comes to making quality sheets, it's all about the fiber. Egyptian cotton fibers are considered by many to be the best because of their length, strength, and softness. A longer fiber means a stronger fabric and the ability to create a high thread count fabric.

Stacked embroidery set of Egyptian cotton sheets

How to Care for Egyptian Cotton Sheets.

When caring for Egyptian cotton, it's best to avoid using detergents that contain bleach. Bleach can break down the natural fibers of your sheets, causing them to quickly wear out. Use gentle detergent, cold water, and a low drying temperature to ensure your sheets last a long time.

It's best not to use a fabric softener on Egyptian cotton sheets, because the softener builds up and damages the fibers. Instead, dry your sheets with a couple tennis balls or dryer balls for a similar softening result.

Stack of colorful Egyptian cotton sheets

What to Consider When Buying Egyptian Cotton Sheets.

When shopping for sheets, it's important to pay attention to percentages. Some companies may claim that a sheet set is Egyptian cotton, but it could be a small amount of Egyptian cotton that is mixed with another type of cotton. These cotton blend sheet sets can have an attractive price, but don't be fooled. Always make sure they are 100 percent Egyptian cotton before you buy.

Jennie Stewart

by Jennie Stewart

Bedding Specialist

Jennie is a lover of all things comfortable. She lives in Salt Lake with her super cool husband, deaf mini Aussie, and the oldest lab-chow ever. She is a DIY-er, crocheter, organizer, and gardener.