How to get wrinkles out of cotton sateen sheets

Updated April 17, 2017

Cotton sateen sheets have a special weave that makes them soft and comfortable. A thread count of 200 to 400 is a good choice, says The sheets do have a downside, however. One hundred per cent cotton sheets may come out of the dryer twisted around each other in a wrinkled mess. Most people aren't going to reach for the iron when that happens. Although the iron is certainly an option, there are easier ways to get wrinkles out of cotton sateen sheets.

Remove the sheets from the dryer when they are still slightly damp. Sheets that are left to sit in the dryer will surely be wrinkled when they're removed.

Fold the sheets right away, smoothing any wrinkles with your hands.

Use a damp washcloth to rescue sheets that are already wrinkled. Put them back in the dryer with the washcloth for a few minutes to minimise the wrinkles.


If the sheets still need to be ironed, Martha Stewart recommends ironing only the parts that will show, such as the pillowcases and the top third of the flat sheet.

Things You'll Need

  • Dryer
  • Damp washcloth
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