All of us know the effects of a sound sleep – high energy level, perfect mood, body ready to take action etc. Apart from other things such as good mattress, temperature in the room and amount of sleeping hours, quality of bed linens is extremely important, too. Today lets discuss cotton bed linen – in order to buy what we really want, we have to know what is quality cotton bedding, what to ask a seller, how to read the label.
- For best bed sheets and soft feel of good quality 100 percent cotton is required. Cotton absorbs moisture keeping you comfortable and not sweaty.
- Textile industry experts generally classify cottons into four main types with several sections in each type. The classification is based on the appearance and staple length (extra-long, long, medium and short) – the longer the staple, the finer the fabric.
- While 90% of the world’s cotton crop is harvested in American Upland, it is not – with its fibers 7/8”- 1 to1/4” long – suited for “good” bed sheets. Egyptian cotton, in contrast, is a long staple sort. It has extra-long and fine smooth fibers of about 1-1/2” in length. Growers in the U.S. and elsewhere have developed Egyptian varieties (the name is Pima cottons) and they are quite highly appreciated both for their silky softness and durability and used for bedding linens production.
- Thread Count is another very important indicator of quality cotton bed linen. Thread count is the number of threads per square inch. The higher it is, the better the quality of the linen. It takes long fibers of cotton to make it strong but thin threads. Burlap would be at the other end of the spectrum, with its big fuzzy threads that you can count with the naked eye.
- The thread count of the bed sheets that is potent to be a “Good Quality” one starts at about a 200 thread count (in USA the highest count is 310, in Europe – much higher) Beware – some manufacturers count a double-ply yarn twice in order to up the thread count. The quality bed linen made of long staple cotton with a high thread-count will get softer and lustier after each washing while low quality one may actually become stiffer.
- Factors that contribute to cotton bed linens’ quality and feel are many more, for example – the way of carding and combing which cleans, straightens and aligns the fibers while removing any short ones.
- The type of weave, or more importantly the weaver is very important, too. Italian weaving companies are known for being good at what they do.
There are even more things we have to have in mind when purchasing cotton bed linens what types of fabric processing and dyeing were involved, were chemicals used and which. All these have effect on the way the sheet feels to the touch. And how those cotton bed linen feel against your skin is the whole point isn’t it? The quality of sleep and rest you can achieve with high-quality cotton is an addictive luxury your skin will remember.
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