Truly, there is a huge difference in Massage Sheets! We will finally have the sheets we like for sale on this website! We use Marigold Magic, a locally owned and operated company with outstanding sheets.
When we say "outstanding" sheets, this is what that means:
This is a "sturdy elastic seam"
they last 1000 washes
they are soft and comfortable
the seams don't come apart
the elastic is sturdy and stays on the table
the elastic is still "bouncy" after 100's of washes
There are so many different styles of sheets that massage therapists prefer: colorful, plain white, flannel, silky, all cotton, partly cotton, etc.
I prefer the basic: white flannel sheet set.
A "sheet set" refers to a bottom sheet, a flat top sheet and a head rest cover. I use a generic pillow case to cover my king sized pillow as the client's bolster. I get those on sale when I happen to see them. Since they are under the blanket, I use many different colors, which makes it easy to find them on sale.
Helping Your Sheets Last Longer
For us, the bottom sheets wear out quicker than the flat sheet or the head rest cover. This happens more quickly if the sheets are pulled too hard over the corners of the massage table.
Over time, that action on the sheet will tear the middle of the sheet, the "under the back" area, since we slide our hands under the client's back and the sheets get worn there the most.
To delay this wearing out in this area, be sure to use both ends of the sheet under the client, by the head rest end of the table. You can keep track by noticing where the sheet label ends up when you are "dressing" your massage table with freshly cleaned sheets, then switch where the label is next time.
After 300+ washes, when the flannel is no longer visible, and the sheets are very soft but there isn't any visible "Wear" in the "under the back" area, take care to gently roll the sheets over the corners instead of pulling hard. With this care, your sheets will last another 300 washes. I have torn sheets like this and it is heart breaking to hear the "rrrrriiiiippppp" right when you are in a hurry.
It always happens to be my favorite softest sheets that feel like velvet to the touch. So, remember to move SLOWLY when pulling the sheets over the corners of your massage table. :)
Washing, Drying & Folding
To wash the sheets, we use hot water with Oxy Clean powder & a liquid detergent. We don't use fabric softener. I put 3 sets in one wash load, no more. Not even one more little head rest cover. With more in the washer, the sheets won't get clean.
Wash towels and pillow cases separately.
We dry them in normal heat in the drier. We tried hanging the sheets to dry but they were too rough and not soft enough. Because we live in New Mexico, mold is never an issue.
One of the best advantages to the White Flannel sheet is they don't wrinkle very easily. Even if the sheets have been sitting for a while, they won't get wrinkly, and they especially stay nice and smooth once they are placed on the massage table.
For me, it's easiest to fold the sheets the exact same way every time. This way, I can do it automatically, without really thinking about it. And in the linen closet, they stack very nicely and I can always tell which stack is the flat or fitted pile by the way the sheets look after being folded.