The pillow left some outer covering on the comforter but it was easily washed off. I wish it would have come with a bed skirt instead of mattress cover, but you can't have it all! I've washed the sheets a few times and they're soft and haven't pilled yet. They work well for the room that alternates use between my boyfriend's father and son, both whom stay with us part-time. They both like the color and comfort of the set.