We spend a third of our lives in bed. It's a place meant for rest, relaxation (and hopefully a little recreation). And even though most of us are fine spending the necessary cash on some nice shoes or a jacket, we neglect our sheets—an item we use everyday. You don't want to be the guy with ratty sheets. Especially when you've got an overnight guest. Herewith, everything you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
Don't Sweat Thread Count. It's essentially a marketing ploy. Quality 250-thread-count sheets can be a lot softer than cheap 900-thread-count sets which can feel like sandpaper. Forget the numbers and just go with what feels good.
The 4.2 ounce cotton has been brushed for softness, but will get even softer after each wash, not unlike your favorite shirt.
According to Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology at NYU's Langone Medical Center, you need to wash your sheets once a week in hot water to rid them of sweat, dirt, dead skin and dust mites.