how to soften scratchy new sheets?
this is coming from a newbie at buying sheets..this is the first time i am really buying sheets on my own without the help of my parents. i recently purchased some new 250 t.c. egyptian cotton sheets at jc penney under the impression that egyptian cotton is soft and durable and they were quite rough and scratchy to the touch..nowhere near as cozy as the aged sheets that i grew up in.
i have washed them once and they have gotton a tiny bit softer but the pillow cases are still rather scratchy but i am also starting to notice some pilling. i am a little confused as i was led to believe that these 'egyptian cotton' sheets were high quality but they don't feel quite as luxurious as they claim..
should i wash them a couple more times and give it a chance or should i look into other brands? how many times do you usually wash your linens before you send them to bed with you? is there a washing method that avoids causing pilling? all i'm looking for is that soft cozy feeling of aged sheets, nothing fancy or super expensive, but just the feeling of home!
thanks for your help!