Everything you ever wanted to know about bedlinen
Why is polyester/cotton so widely used in bedlinen?
By blending polyester and cotton you get a product that is easy care. It also ensures a soft feel and adds to its qualities of crease resistance, shape retention and durability. It also dries quickly.
How is a sheet made?
Sheeting fabric is made up of fibres running in two directions at right angles to each other, known as the warp and the weft. The warp runs lengthwise and the weft runs across the width. During the weaving process these threads are combined according to a given pattern. By varying the types of cotton used for each thread type and changing the weave pattern it is possible to produce different bedlinen types.
What is thread count?
Thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into a square inch of fabric. Using finer threads means more per square inch of fabric which makes the fabric softer and more luxurious.
What is percale?
Percale is a closely woven plain weave fabric with a 180 thread count (imperial measurement) or above. It is usually smooth and luxurious. Percale can be used to describe both pure cotton and cotton/polyester blended fabrics.
What is sateen/dobby?
Sateen is a woven structure where the maximum amount of weft shows on the face of the fabric. It is designed to reflect light, giving a glossy, satiny and smooth feel, especially when more lustrous fibres are used. A dobby design is created on a loom with multiple shafts creating a textured finish usually in a geometric design like a check or stripe.
How a sheet works:
The fibres in the sheet help in moisture dispersion to keep you comfortable while you sleep. How should I care for my sheets? Washing Always wash new bedlinen before use to remove any dust or loose fibres and follow the washing instructions on the sew in care label. Good quality bedlinen with a higher thread count actually improves and becomes softer with washing. Just purchased printed sheets may feel a bit rough at first the dye used is extra thick and has a surface texture. They'll soften nicely after a few washings. Machine wash your bedlinen at 70 o c maximum. Do not overload the machine, as this causes creasing. Wash dark colours separately. Do not dry clean. Ironing To make ironing easier, iron while still damp or dampen slightly or use steam to smooth out creases. Take care not to scorch whites.
Will my sheets maintain their whiteness?
Your sheets should remain sparkling white with the proper use of good chemicals and by adhering to the correct washing procedures. However, greying can occur through impure water quality and the over use of optical brighteners which can cause colour loss.
Will my sheets shrink?
All sheets shrink when they are first washed. The extent of the shrinkage is influenced by the sizes of the different yarns used in the sheet, the density of the weave, differences in weave pattern from one sheet to another, and importantly the drying temperatures used when drying bedlinen.
Will my printed sheets fade?
Drying printed sheets in direct sunlight will result in colour loss.
Can I have my own branding and label?
Subject to minimum quantity requirements, we can sew your own label into the hem. We can also use identification thread in various colours to help you keep track of your linens.
How long should a sheet last?
A sheet's life depends on its care, on how the sheet has been made and the laundering practices of the hotel. Extraneous factors such as heat (from laundering and drying), chemicals and physical treatment all contribute to the wearing process. However, to ensure your sheets have a long and commercial life it all begins with buying well made bedlinen.