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Thank goodness we brought our 'traditional' Aussie sheet sets with us, that include the top sheet!
Ha Ha....... nobody in Europe understands the "Top Sheet"
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Old 03.08.2011, 18:36
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Ha Ha....... nobody in Europe understands the "Top Sheet"
You better explain it.
Before imaginations about the bottom bit run wild.
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Old 03.08.2011, 18:42
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You better explain it.
Before imaginations about the bottom bit run wild.
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employ a European cleaner

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Leave a set of clean sheets on the bed to be changed

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Return home from work and smile like a cheshire cat to see how 'misplaced' the position of the top sheet can be



Ha Ha..... the top sheet is perfect for a hot night. It's thin enough to breathe and keep you cool, and warm enough to maintain body temp.

(oh, and it should go over the fitted sheet, and under the duvet)
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Step 1:
employ a European cleaner

Step 2:
Leave a set of clean sheets on the bed to be changed

Step 3:
Return home from work and smile like a cheshire cat to see how 'misplaced' the position of the top sheet can be



Ha Ha..... the top sheet is perfect for a hot night. It's thin enough to breathe and keep you cool, and warm enough to maintain body temp.

(oh, and it should go over the fitted sheet, and under the duvet)
What TF are you on about ???
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Ha Ha....... nobody in Europe understands the "Top Sheet"
I just don't understand this no top sheet thing - isn't it a bit, er, gross not to use a top sheet that you can wash easily and regularly? Hot weather, hot activities = sweatiness that needs to be washed!
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What TF are you on about ???

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Even when it's explained nobody gets it.




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I just don't understand this no top sheet thing - isn't it a bit, er, gross not to use a top sheet that you can wash easily and regularly? Hot weather, hot activities = sweatiness that needs to be washed!
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When I was a kid growing up in Switzerland, we always had a top sheet, for reasons above- and also because we had big fat duvets made of real feathers that couldn't be washed. The duvet with no top sheet is fairly recent- and came from the North. With the advent of mordern washing machines and easier care materials, the top sheet 'went' - we have Summer duvets and wash the covers every 10 days or so, more in hot weather.

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Re: question for cohabitating couples

Ha ha...this is one thing I have never quite understood...the no top sheet thing. When I moved here I was amused that sheet sets only contained a doona cover and bottom sheet...I was like...where on earth is the top sheet? To the extent that I had a 'proper' sheet set posted to me....

I wonder if the top sheet is used in Australia for water and hygeine reasons...I mean...traditionally we would wash sheets (meaning top and bottom) once a week, but the traditional old school blanket, bedspread less often...and I guess for some people the doona cover less often too....
I must admit I am one of those people who think the one sheet thing is a little gross...but I guess it is what you are used to!

And Id like to wonder just where the cleaner was putting, or what they were doing with the strange top sheet? Where else does it go?? I guess to explain in Australia our bottom sheets are not necessarily fitted, like they are normally here in europe - meaning that both a top and bottom sheet could look exactly the same. But to me, non fitted bottom sheet equals pain in the ass!
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Old 03.08.2011, 19:08
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Ha ha...this is one thing I have never quite understood...the no top sheet thing. When I moved here I was amused that sheet sets only contained a doona cover and bottom sheet...I was like...where on earth is the top sheet? To the extent that I had a 'proper' sheet set posted to me....

I wonder if the top sheet is used in Australia for water and hygeine reasons...I mean...traditionally we would wash sheets (meaning top and bottom) once a week, but the traditional old school blanket, bedspread less often...and I guess for some people the doona cover less often too....
I must admit I am one of those people who think the one sheet thing is a little gross...but I guess it is what you are used to!

And Id like to wonder just where the cleaner was putting, or what they were doing with the strange top sheet? Where else does it go?? I guess to explain in Australia our bottom sheets are not necessarily fitted, like they are normally here in europe - meaning that both a top and bottom sheet could look exactly the same. But to me, non fitted bottom sheet equals pain in the ass!
Well, making a bed is hardly a game of tetris. The possible combinations are limited.

The "top sheet" was only misplaced on two occassions. The first time it was layed (albeit impressively) in a decorative mannor over the top of the doona (thank you for using 'doona', now I can speak my own language).
It was then explained that the "Top Sheet" actually tucks into the bed, but thank you all the same......... the top sheet was then tucked in 'over' the doona.
...... Can't really argue about labeling it a "Top Sheet" can you?



I think EmpressJo was spot on though with the "Sweat" call. I always thought it was so that the doona cover didn't get all manky and sweaty in winter....... and then just served as a cover in summer.

The absence of the top sheet freaked me out when I got here.
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Old 03.08.2011, 19:21
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My mother had a ruel every 3-4 days the top sheet become the bottom sheet and a fresh top sheet is added. The used bottom sheet goes in tee wash ( usually on Mondays.
The beds were checked to make sure that the corners had right angles tucks and at the end if using blankets they should be tight enough not to sag if a penny is placed on top.

I used to make the bed like this for years, then my husband would yank at them furiously before he got into bed, so the fight goes on. I like really thick starched cotton sheets.

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Re: question for cohabitating couples

You can buy top sheets everywhere, called flat sheets. They used to be used more when blankets and so on were the norm.
And still used all the time in my country which is a European one...
You can do without them too- what's stopping you from changing the duvet cover as ofton as a sheet? Just as washable, duvet itself too when you want...
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You can buy top sheets everywhere, called flat sheets. They used to be used more when blankets and so on were the norm.
And still used all the time in my country which is a European one...
You can do without them too- what's stopping you from changing the duvet cover as ofton as a sheet? Just as washable, duvet itself too when you want...
Duvet covers are difficult to come by in the US. They tend to use sheets then a duvet. I order online which is a pig- beds tend to be a lot bigger in the US- except in college dorms.
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Old 03.08.2011, 20:25
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Re: question for cohabitating couples

In Switzerland in the good old days (ended about 20 years ago) we had a bottom sheet, a top sheet out of "barchent", a blanket and a duvet that was notoriously too short!
That was because it always was too cold in winter and cool in summer. Houses made out of boulders just do the job IMHO
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We live at the ground floor and it's quite pleasant in summer, but rather cold in winter...
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Re: question for cohabitating couples

My partner got fed up of me pushing him away, so came up with the idea of "cold water bottles". Made by wrapping the frozen blocks/gel packs you use in ice-boxes in towels. Works a treat. Especially on hot and humid nights like last night.
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I just don't understand this no top sheet thing - isn't it a bit, er, gross not to use a top sheet that you can wash easily and regularly? Hot weather, hot activities = sweatiness that needs to be washed!
you use a duvet cover which you wash easily and regularly. the duvet goes into the cover during cold times and is therefore much more hygienic than duvet just over the sheet. in warm times, you use only the cover. simples really.

top sheet and blanket will look like this:


in the morning - all messed and tangled up, so the duvet/blanket is actually in contact with your sweaty body. I really don't get how this is more hygienic than using a duvet cover that actually covers the duvet at all times?
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Well, making a bed is hardly a game of tetris. The possible combinations are limited.

The "top sheet" was only misplaced on two occassions. The first time it was layed (albeit impressively) in a decorative mannor over the top of the doona (thank you for using 'doona', now I can speak my own language).
It was then explained that the "Top Sheet" actually tucks into the bed, but thank you all the same......... the top sheet was then tucked in 'over' the doona.
...... Can't really argue about labeling it a "Top Sheet" can you?



I think EmpressJo was spot on though with the "Sweat" call. I always thought it was so that the doona cover didn't get all manky and sweaty in winter....... and then just served as a cover in summer.

The absence of the top sheet freaked me out when I got here.
I had Salvadorian cleaners in the US, and they always short-sheeted me on the top sheet, so I'd inevitably have to do it over. I got to the point where I just stopped stripping the bed and leaving clean sheets out for them.

which reminds me... I still need a Putzfrau here.

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Duvet covers are difficult to come by in the US. They tend to use sheets then a duvet. I order online which is a pig- beds tend to be a lot bigger in the US- except in college dorms.
Actually I never had a hard time finding them on the East Coast. For the longest time, whenever I would go sheet shopping, I would look at sheet sets and see something called a "duvet cover". And I'd cuss under my breath and say, "wtf is a duvet?" Then I'd search around the store looking for one, and never finding this mysterious "duvet". Then, when I came to Switzerland, it finally all made sense.
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Another advantage of having a fan blowing over your bed is that it keeps mosquitos at bay. Even a light breeze is too strong for them to fly in.
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Another advantage of having a fan blowing over your bed is that it keeps mosquitos at bay. Even a light breeze is too strong for them to fly in.
We live in Mosquito hell- hence screens.
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