How to clean & care for your Egyptian cotton bed linen

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The good news is that Egyptian cotton improves with age and with every wash!

You can wash our 100% Egyptian cotton bed sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases in the washing machine. Just follow the instructions on the care label. We recommend washing your bed linen before use and once a week thereafter.


How to care for your Egyptian cotton bed linen

To keep your Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases in tip top condition:

  • Wash before use.
  • Machine wash at 40° once a week using non-bio (enzyme free) detergent or go greener at 30°.
  • Tumble dry at low heat - use our Wool Dryer Balls to reduce drying time and creases naturally.
  • Be careful not to leave your bedding in the dryer for longer than necessary. Over-drying your cotton bedding can damage the fibres and may cause the cotton to shrink.
  • Iron damp - steam iron on a high 3-dot steam iron setting.
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen will soften each time you wash it unlike most bed linen and become more comfortable to sleep with the more you use it.


Top tips for washing and drying your Egyptian cotton bedding:

  1. Separate your bed linen from the rest of your laundry and wash whites together.
  2. Only wash your bedding at the recommended temperature, not higher than 40°, as this may damage the cotton fibres and cause shrinkage.
  3. Use a good quality laundry detergent which works well at lower temperatures.
  4. Add a gentle fabric conditioner for extra softness if you like.
  5. Only use non-chlorine bleach if using.
  6. Treat stains individually before a general wash and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Only tumble dry your bedding on the low heat setting as a higher temperature will damage the cotton fibres and may lead to shrinkage.
  8. Air-dry your white sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases occasionally in the sunshine to keep them bright white.


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Author: Emily AttwoodPublished: 26 June 2018Last modified: 29 April 2024

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Bedding size guide


These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are US King/UK Super king, US Queen/UK King,  US Full/UK Double and US Twin/UK Single.

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.



Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth



Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm



Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm



Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm



Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size topper or protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Topper / protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 


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