I normally always wash things before using them.
I bought some Sheridan percale sheets online recently and because we have had so much rain, and because I am basically lazy, I did not wash these. They were not soft and silky as percale often is, but quite hard, so will not do this again. Im sure once these good quality sheets are washed that they will become soft.
Clothes I would always wash first - there must be some sort of starch in the sheets?
Yes,I do wash my new items as a rule,and especially T shirts,sheets and towels!! I find that T-shirts often have excess colour which needs to be rinsed out, and the Manchester items,as Finy mentions, are often rather stiff until they have been through my wash cycle!!! Other clothes,I like to wash just in case they have chemicals of any type which can cause me ti break into a rash!!As for Tea Towels,I have ALWAYS washed these when I buy them.It is something my mother used to do,and I simply followed suit!
You don't know who's be trying them on in the shop, plus they've dust, & dirty hands feeling them. Eeeeewwww!
Manchester usually wrapped, so no.
Rule of thumb, I wash what's not pre-wrapped.
My Tea-Towels have been 'inherited' from my Mother. They're 'Irish Linen' ones bought after the War, & still in good condition. I wash, then 'Elna-press' them.
Can't abide using 'unpressed tea-towels'!
I only wash new cloths before wearing them. I know I should also wash new sheets before using them, but I don't! Not that I buy new sheets regally, because I have my 9 or 10 sets of coloured sheets, so they never wear out!