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Choosing Massage Table Sheets

Massage therapy is a rewarding and fulfilling industry that provides relaxation amenities for our busy culture. Relaxation and peace surround every part of the process of massage therapy, and the first tangible interaction occurs between a client and the massage table sheets. Comfort is of utmost importance to the client, but you also need to consider price and length of use. There are thousands of different massage table sheets and we’ve broken it down to make your decision an easy one.


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100% Cotton

Cotton remains the most popular material and can be low cost. The downside to cotton is that it can wear out quickly and can be difficult to clean. Strong detergents and bleach allows cotton to maintain its look, but it tends to wrinkle more than alternatives.


Cotton/Synthetic Blend

A mixture of cotton and polyester is not quite as pure as cotton, but will last longer than most cotton massage table sheets. Cotton/Synthetic is easier to clean and flattens out quite nicely.



Flannel is said to be the most comfortable sheet there is. The weight of flannel determines how plush it feels. Flannel can be helpful for wicking away sweat and is very durable.



Bamboo gives a silky, soft feel and is environmentally friendly. Soy massage table sheets provide a soft but strechy feel and are a sustainable crop form. Hemp is a bit more pricey because of its import, but can last longer than cotton while retaining its softness.


Bottom Line

You get what you pay for. Plain and simple. If you are able to afford high-quality cotton, you will have a product that performs time and time again and provides the pinnacle of pleasure. If you choose low quality polyester, you might be disappointed. You also need to consider your client base and what they expect from the massage therapy experience.


Massage Table Sheets

If you want the best for your clients and brands you can trust, look no further. OneTouch Massage can provide you with high quality massage table sheets at affordable pricing. OneTouch works to enable our clients to grow their practices by providing professional quality massage therapy equipment and accessories. OneTouch provides free shipping to the lower 48 states and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

How to Fold Massage Sheets

How do you fold fitted sheets without getting tons of wrinkles in them? The art of sheet folding is one that’s especially important for mobile massage therapists to master, since the client watches the therapist dress the table. The folding job should look professional and make it easy to carry the massage sheets for outcalls and spread them out quickly on the table.

The following video produced by MassageNerd demonstrates how to fold a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and a face cradle cover in a compact package that’s easy to transport.

Note: Some massage therapists have suggested tucking the face cradle cover inside the folded massage sheets rather than wrapping it around the outside. That way the client doesn’t have to wonder what the face cradle cover may have come in contact with during transport. Another option would be to place the folded sheets and face cradle cover inside a clean pillowcase to keep everything clean and hygienic.

Get More Life Out of Your Massage Linens

Massage sheets and face cradle covers should be washed within 24 hours to prevent the oil from turning rancid.

Massage sheets and face cradle covers should be washed within 24 hours to prevent the oil from turning rancid.

Besides a professional massage table, massage linens may be one of a therapist’s biggest expenses, especially since these linens will need to be replaced every few years. With gentle care, however, you can get more life out of your massage linens and save money in the long run. Here are a few guidelines on caring for your massage linens.

Treating Oil Stains

The biggest laundry problem facing most massage therapists is how to prevent oil from staining their linens. Although there are different solutions to the problem, you may need to try more than one method to find one that works. Depending on the water quality, amount of oil on the massage sheets, type of linens and lubricant used, and other factors, what works for one therapist may not work for another.

One of the unique solutions suggested by massage therapists and by fry cooks is to use automatic dishwasher detergent. Try to find one with as few additives as possible. As a natural degreaser, the dishwasher detergent should lift out oil stains easily. Just make sure to use automatic dishwasher soap and not regular dish soap, which creates too many suds in the washer. Also, do not mix bleach with automatic dishwasher detergent. If you must use bleach, add the bleach in a second wash.

Specially formulated detergents can help remove massage oil without harsh chemicals or bleach.

Specially formulated detergents can help remove massage oil without harsh chemicals or bleach.

Other suggestions for removing oil stains include using specially formulated detergents (such as Bon Vital Fresh & Clean detergent), vinegar, OxiClean, Pure Pro degreaser, pre-treating sheets immediately after use, and using water-dispersible lubricants. Ask other therapists what works for them. Also, ask cooks and restaurant workers for advice on removing oil stains. They deal with the same problem you do.

Avoid using bleach, if possible, or choose an oxygen bleach. Using bleach will shorten the life of your sheets, and some clients may be allergic to it. However, some public health regulations (such as in a healthcare facility) may require you to bleach your linens. If so, follow these regulations.

Preventing Oil Stains

Wash linens within 24 hours of use. The longer the sheets sit, the harder it will be to get the oil out. If you must wait longer, store the linens in a black plastic blag, tied shut to keep out air and light. This will help prevent the oil from turning rancid.

If you wipe off your clients after sessions, use small hand towels instead of sheets. Pre-soak the towels and wash them separately from your sheets in order to contain the oil.

Washing Linens

Wash your massage sheets on a gentle cycle with cool or lukewarm water. Use a front loader, if possible. The less agitation, the longer your sheets will last. Let soap dissolve fully before loading sheets in the washer. Don’t overfill the washer. Your sheets will come out cleaner if there is more room in the washer.

Drying Linens

Line dry if at all possible. If that’s not an option, set the dryer on the air tumble setting and throw in a few clean (unused) tennis balls to reduce drying time by 25 – 50%. This saves time, energy, and money.

Choosing Massage Linens

100% cotton massage linens are super-soft and comfortable.

100% cotton massage linens are super-soft and comfortable.

Your massage linens are one of the first things clients will notice when they walk into the treatment room. They are also part of what makes a massage comfortable. Soft, clean sheets will go a long way towards making a great first impression on new clients and keeping old clients coming back.

Cotton and Cotton Blend Massage Linens

The most popular and most affordable massage linens are made from cotton or cotton blends. 100% cotton sheets are preferred for their ultra-soft feel and natural fibers. Flannel sheet sets provide extra warmth and comfort, especially in cool climates. Jersey cotton is another luxury material that allows clients to cozy up between the sheets. The downside of pure cotton linens is that they are not as durable as cotton blends and may need to be replaced more often.

Cotton blended with synthetic fibers, such as polyester, lacks the softness of 100% cotton but offers a more durable material for massage linens. Cotton/poly blends are also wrinkle-resistant, which makes them easier to care for.

Massage Linens
Cotton Cotton/Poly Blend
  • Ultra-soft touch
  • Not as durable as blends
  • Popular for flannel and jersey sheets
  • More durable than 100% cotton
  • Lacks the softness of cotton
  • Wrinkle-resistant

Premium Natural Massage Linens

Specialty massage linens include bamboo, hemp, soy, organic cotton, and other natural fibers. These materials are earth-friendly, but they also tend to be pricier than cotton or cotton blends. If you pride yourself on an environmentally friendly business or if your clients are big advocates for “green” living, the extra investment in natural linens will be worth it.

How Many Sets of Sheets Do I Need?

Experts recommend keeping at least two days’ worth of sheets on hand. So if you typically book four massage clients a day, you’ll want to have at least 8 sets of sheets. That way, you won’t have to scramble to get the laundry done every night.

Practical Tips to Control Temperature During Massage

How do you deal with clients that are always hot or always cold? Each client will have a different preference for temperature during the massage. Some may run hot, some cold, and some will be just right. It’s important to ask the client before each session if they are warm enough or too hot. Then make adjustments to make them more comfortable.

If clients are too cold…

Warm up chilled clients with a massage table warmer pad.

Warm up chilled clients with
a massage table warmer pad.

  • Add an extra blanket on top of the sheets.
  • Keep another blanket in the room in case one blanket isn’t enough.
  • Use a massage table warmer pad to apply heat underneath the client, along with the warmth of a blanket on top.
  • Keep the client covered as much as possible. Only uncover sections of the body as you need access to them.
  • Use flannel sheets instead of cotton or poly.
  • Suggest hot stones as an add-on treatment.
  • Wrap the hands and feet with hot, moist towels. Before the towels cool, replace them with fresh ones from the hot towel cabinet.
  • Drape the base of the neck with a hot towel. Replace with a fresh hot towel as needed.
  • Warm up your hands and the massage oil to keep from chilling the client with cold hands or lubricant.
  • If you can control the temperature of the treatment room, turn up the heat (or turn down the air conditioning) before the client arrives.
  • Use a space heater to warm up the room before the massage session. If it tends to run on the noisy side, turn it off just before the session begins.

The physical exertion of the massage may leave you hot while the client is still cold. Compensate for this by wearing light, loose clothing.

If clients are too warm…
  • If you can control the temperature of the treatment room, turn down the temperature before the client arrives.
  • Use cotton massage sheets and forego the blanket.
  • Use a ceiling fan or small portable fan to circulate the air. For rooms without air conditioning, set a small bucket of ice in front of the fan to cool down the air. Leave the fan on during the massage. It’s also a great way to muffle outside noises.
  • Uncover the client’s feet, lower legs, and arms to help cool down the entire body.
  • Offer moist, refrigerated towels or a refrigerated eye mask to the client. Wrap the neck and feet with cool, moist towels.

If you know that a client is always cold (often the elderly or very thin people) or always hot (often heavyset clients and menopausal women), write it down on their chart so you can adjust the temperature of the room before the client arrives.

Massage Oil Stains

Premium 100% Cotton Massage Sheets and Headrest Covers

Premium 100% Cotton Massage Sheets and Headrest Covers

Unless you send your massage sheets to the cleaners, laundry is a daily duty for most massage therapists. The toughest part is dealing with oil stains. Stained sheets are a sorry sight, and the rancid odor of oil stains is bad for service. Here are a few tips to keep your massage linens fresh and stain-free.

Choose the Right Massage Lubricants

It’s easier to prevent stains in the first place than to try to get them out after the fact. Choose high-quality massage oils, lotions, creams, or gels that are completely water soluble for easier cleanup. Lubricants that absorb easily into the skin generally leave behind fewer stains, simply because there’s no excess lubricant left to absorb into the sheets.

Choose the Right Massage Sheets

The quality of the sheets is another factor in preventing stains. 100% cotton sheets release stains more readily than polyester linens or cotton-poly blends. And if you’re worried about how your sheets will look after a few bouts with massage oil, choose light-colored massage table sheets. They show stains far less than dark colors. Patterned sheets are another slick trick for hiding oil stains. Also, remember that the dimmed lighting in the massage room helps hide light stains, so don’t stress too much over pristine-looking linens.

Wash or Soak Sheets Immediately After Use

Soak the massage sheets immediately after use and wash them as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the stains will set and the harder it will be to get them out.

Add a half cup of vinegar to the load to help disperse the oil. Pre-treat larger stains with detergent, vinegar, or other stain-fighting agents. Large oil stains and makeup stains may need to be soaked overnight.

Shake out the sheets before transferring them to the dryer and take the sheets out of the dryer before they are completely dry. This keeps the sheets from getting wrinkled and saves you the hassle of ironing.

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Caring for Your Massage Linens

In caring for your massage table linens, the quality of your massage sheets and lubricants can make a huge difference in keeping your linens clean and free of stains and odor.

Proper care of your linens will make your sheets last longer and increase the aesthetic experience of massage.

• Choosing Quality Massage Supplies

Pure 100% cotton massage sheet sets release oil much more easily than blends such as cotton and polyester. Choosing a completely water soluble massage oil, such as Bon Vital, will also simplify the cleanup process, since water soluble oil lifts easily out of linens and clothing and wipes cleanly off the skin. Bon Vital also offers water dispersible massage lotion and creme for easy cleanup.

• Washing Massage Sheets and Linens

Washing your massage table sheets as soon as possible, within 24 hours of use, will prevent oil from turning rancid. Although the most effective wash temperature is disputed, washing your sheets in warm or lukewarm water is the most widely recommended suggestion. Hot water may set stains, making them that much harder to remove. Make sure all oil is washed out of your sheets before putting them in the dryer, as the heat from the dryer may “cook” any remaining oil into your sheets. Set the dryer on the lowest heat setting or on cool tumble dry.

• Removing Excess Massage Oil or Lubricant

For excessively oily massage sheets, presoak the sheets in a degreaser or dish detergent before washing. Adding automatic dishwasher detergent or dish soap to the washer also aids in removing excess oil from linens.

• Professional Massage Use

For professional therapist or spa linen use, keep at least two days’ worth of linens on hand. Since all linens, including face cradle covers, must be washed after each use, keeping extra linens on hand will ensure that clean linens are always available. Any linens that are noticeably frayed or thinning should be replaced as soon as possible.

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