Right Galaxy Bedding sheets
A beautiful fine bedding boutique handmade in online stores.Its a true specialist in fabrics. I thought, we spend a third of our lives covered or lying on our bed sheets. Yet, we buy much less often than clothes. Do not you think it’s worth understanding what we sell in stores? Because the marketing of bedding is very strong: “cotton sheets”, “percale sheets”, “X son square inch or cm²”.
Despite popular belief, the number of threads per square inch is not enough to judge a sheet. The quality of the yarn and the quality of the weave are just as important for the touch and durability of the sheet.
What makes the quality of a thread?
The quality of a yarn depends on the type of fiber (polyester, cotton, bamboo, linen, or silk) but also on how the fiber has been tapered and thinned (long or short).
What makes the quality of weaving?
The quality of the weave is measured in number of threads per square inch (usually between 125 and 1000 knowing that the good quality exceeds 200 threads per square inch, 400 being a very good quality).We speak of 70 threads / cm² for good quality sheets.
The more yarns per square inch (or cm²), the more resistant and soft the sheet will be … whatever … the quality of the yarn (whether it is cotton with long or short fibers) plays a lot in the final appearance at to touch.
The quality of weaving also depends on how the threads are intertwined . The name percale, satin or flannel designates, for example, particular types of weaving.
What makes the quality of a sheet?
The more natural fibers : linen, cotton, bamboo, silk versus synthetic polyester or viscose fibers, the better the skin will breathe and sleep comfortably in summer and winter. The more quality the fibers (combed cotton, pure cotton), the more the sheet will be soft. Weaving (percale, satin, flannel) and the number of threads per square inch also plays into the softness of the sheet and its resistance. These are the 4 elements to look at.
The different types of sheets
Here are the most common types of sheets, the names you will find on the market.
Cotton-polyester (or polycotton) sheet : very easy to clean, resistant, not expensive because it consists partly of synthetic fibers. Has a tendency to pilling and little absorbency, especially if the proportion of polyester is high.
100% cotton sheets : comfortable, light, absorbent, easy or difficult to maintain, cheap or more expensive depending on the quality of the weave.
Egyptian cotton sheet: If you choose a very long and thin fiber of “Egyptian cotton” quality the 100% cotton sheet can be very expensive, especially if the number of thread per square inch is large.
Percale sheet : very soft, durable, easy to clean. It’s a name that means the cloth is soft from the way it was woven. But does not always mean that the sheet is 100% cotton percale, be careful. It is often sold under this name of cotton fibers woven around polyester fibers. Take a good look at the composition of your percale sheet!
Satin sheet : very soft, crease-resistant, slippery, not very resistant. Same as percale, it’s an appellation that represents the way the yarn was woven. There is satin polyester (rather low-end) and cotton satin (very soft).
Flannel sheet : soft, warm. Like percale and satin, this is a type of weaving. And like percale or satin, it is often made of polyester.
Combed cotton sheets : softer, more resistant, crumpled. It is a cotton of which only the longest fibers have been kept, which makes it softer.
Sheets in cotton jersey : soft, stretchable, wrinkle resistant, not very resistant. Jersey is a type of weaving that resembles that of T-shirts and is often seen in fitted sheets.
Linen sheet: light, absorbent, very crinkle, resistant ..
Bamboo sheet : very soft, not very resistant.
Silk sheet : luxurious, very soft, very absorbent. Very rare that a sheet has only silk fibers, because would be overpriced. So often mixed with Egyptian cotton.
Remember that if a sheet is not identified as 100% natural fiber (cotton, linen, bamboo, silk) it always contains synthetic fibers such as polyester. Polyester is a material cameleon that manufacturers mix with all their sheets to reduce costs and also increase their durability. Polyester also retains dye better than natural fibers. Disadvantages: it is a polluting material that takes 500 years to degrade in nature. He’s pilling. It allows less skin to breathe.
Pure cotton, always a good option
This is what you will find at Bigarade in particular. 100% cotton percale sheets are a safe bet because they are easy to talk with and are affordable for their quality. If you choose a good amount of threads per square inch, you just have to take care of their maintenance and you could keep them a lifetime.
How to maintain them if they are white? Washings in the white cycle and in hot machine water, drying in the sun. If you have tasks, do not put a sheet in the dryer before you have done the task, it may fix it.
If they are colored? You can set the color of your sheets with vinegar before the first wash, in a color cycle.