How to Wash Satin Sheets

Available in a range of colors and prices to suit any decorating style and budget, shimmery satin sheets can be made from various types of fibers and from fiber blends.

Hand Wash

It’s the weaving technique that gives the fabric its name. Satin is a specific type of weave -- very fine strands are carried smoothly across the face of the fabric to create the characteristic slippery shine. Silk satin tops the list for quality and price. Although silk sheets often come with special laundering instructions, including dry cleaning and hand washing, some silks may be carefully washed in a washing machine that has delicate settings -- check the care label. Satin sheets made from synthetic fibers are typically more affordable, with an appearance and feel similar to silk and the added bonus of more sturdiness and easy care.

Step 1

Unfold and untwist the satin sheets. Pretreat any spots or stains with cold water and mild soap.

Step 2

Fill a large basin or bathtub with cold or cool water, adding mild soap according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Submerge the sheets in the soapy water, gently squeezing the suds through the fabric. Allow the sheets to soak in the suds for three to five minutes, if desired.

Step 3

Rinse with cool water until no suds remain. Drain the water from the basin or tub, and press out excess water from the sheets. Do not wring or twist the sheets. Roll each sheet in a clean towel to remove additional water, and then hang the sheets out of direct sunlight to dry, or spread them on more clean towels to air dry.

Machine Washing Silk Satin

Step 1

Pretreat any spots on the sheets or pillowcases with cool water and mild soap. Allow the pretreatment to work for several minutes to loosen dirt and stains. Rinse the treated spots in a sink and repeat the treatment if necessary. Avoid scrubbing the spots, because it may damage the fabric.

Step 2

Fill the washing machine with cold or cool water, and add a gentle laundry soap following the manufacturer’s suggested amount. Set the machine for a delicate or soak cycle.

Step 3

Unfold and untwist the silk satin sheets and place them into the soapy water, pushing them down with your hands until they're submerged. As an extra measure of care, place each silk satin sheet loosely into a mesh laundry bag and then place the bags in the washing machine. Let the machine cycle run.

Step 4

Remove the sheets from the washing machine. Smooth out wrinkles as you hang the sheets to dry, or tumble them on an air-fluff dryer cycle if machine drying is approved on the care label. Remove the sheets from the dryer promptly, and fold them or replace them on the bed to prevent wrinkles.

Machine Washing Synthetic Satin

Step 1

Pretreat or presoak stains with gentle soap and water or a pretreatment product that's safe for synthetic fabrics.

Step 2

Fill the washing machine with cold water and add a gentle laundry soap. Set the machine for the manufacturer’s suggested cycle, or on the delicate cycle.

Step 3

Submerge the synthetic satin sheets in the water in the machine. Let the cycle run, and then place the sheets immediately into the dryer or hang them to dry. Dry synthetic satin sheets on a delicate cycle with air fluff or low temperature, following specific instructions on the manufacturer’s care label. Remove the sheets from the dryer as soon as they are dry to prevent wrinkles.

Things You Will Need

  • Large basin or bathtub
  • Gentle laundry soap
  • Pretreatment product for synthetic fibers (optional)
  • Mesh laundry bags (optional)
  • Clean, dry towels (optional)