These sheets are fabulous after the first washing. Then after one more wash, they're not as soft and they begin to pill. Not high quality fabric at all. I washed in cold water on the handwash/delicate cycle as instructed. They do something to the fabric in the factory to make the sheets appear plush - and they even have you fooled after the first wash! - But longevity and comfort are not part of the production process in these flannel sheets. Buyer beware.