Everything Linen

Everything Linen


What you need to know about choosing linens.

100% Cotton

1. 100% cotton linens are breathable and will last for many years to come.

2. Cotton linens come in a variety of types from flannel to percale.

3. Egyptian cotton is grown in the Nile Valley.  The fibers of Egyptian cotton are long, strong, and absorbent.

4. Cuddledown.com says, "It is now one of the most important natural fabrics, particularly in bedding, because of its versatility, supple texture, and supreme softness."

Linen

1. Linen comes from a plant called Flax.

2. Linen is a luxurious fiber known for keeping you cool in the summer.

3. Over the years linen will only get more soft.

4. For affordability and easy care go with a cotton-linen blend.

5. "Linen is one of the most durable natural fabrics, becoming softer with every wash and naturally wicks away moisture for comfortable sleep," says Cuddledown.com

Bamboo

1. Bamboo sheets comes from bamboo grass, and is often combined with organic cotton.

2. Like linen, bamboo fiber sheets will also help you stay cool.

3. A nature resistance to bacteria is one of the bamboo fibers unique qualities.

4. Although bamboo is thought to be a "green product," bamboo linens go through an intense process to get to the end result.

Organic Cotton

1. What makes organic cotton, organic?  The cotton is grown the same but without pesticides.  Keep in mind, that just because it says "organic" doesn't mean that they didn't use non-organic dyes to create the sheets.

General Tips and Knowledge to Know

1. A good thread count is anyway between 200-800.t

2. Terms to know-

  • Sateen is cotton cloth made with a satin weave, a weave that produces a very soft, lustrous feel but can be somewhat less durable than a tighter weave.
  • Percale is the crisp, durable plain weave fabric typically used for sheets; it has a thread count of at least 180.  
  • Combed cotton has been combed to remove the short fibers and leave the long ones, which makes for a strong, soft fabric. 
3. For people with sensitive skin HGTV.com says, "Sheets made of microfiber-fabric composed of extremely fine fibers of polyester-are affordable and soft, and they resist pilling more than traditional polyester fabric does. However, polyester is less breathable than cotton and is probably not the best choice for those with sensitive skin."

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