FAQ For Fabric
Sheeting material is made from fibres running in directions at right angles to each other, referred as the warp and the weft. The warp runs length wise and the weft runs throughout the width. During the weaving technique these thread are blended in line with a given pattern. By varying the types of cotton used for each thread type, and by changing the weave pattern, it is possible to produce different bed linen types.
Thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into a square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together.
Using finer threads means more per square inch of fabric which makes the fabric softer and more luxurious.
By blending polyester and cotton you get a product that is easy care.
The combination of polyester and cotton results in a product that is durable, feels smooth and crisp, retains its shape, crease resistant, launders easily, dries quickly and requires little or no ironing.
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.
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 overuse of optical brighteners which can cause colour loss.
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 bed linen.
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.
Always wash new bed linen before use to remove any dust or loose fibres and follow the washing instructions on the sewn in care label. Good quality bed linen with a higher thread count improves and becomes softer with washing. Just purchased printed sheets may feel a bit rough at first as the dye used is extra thick and has a surface texture. They’ll soften nicely after a few washings. Machine wash your bed linen at 70 o c maximum. Do not overload the machine, as this causes creasing. Wash dark colours separately. Do not dry clean.
To make ironing easier, iron while still damp or dampen slightly or use steam to smooth out creases. Take care not to scorch whites.