What to Think About When Purchasing Linen for Hotel Use

Perfectly laundered bedding is not a consideration for hotels, it is a public need and a hygiene requirement. If there is one reason a visitor will choose to right away leave a hotel space (and most likely never return) it is because of badly laundered bed linen.

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This article briefly looks at what is to be considered when purchasing bedlinen for hotel use: what material lasts the longest and which washes most successfully.

Durability

All bed linen has a life expectancy. This is best referred to as to the number of cleans the linen can stand up to whilst still retaining its quality. The most convenient way to ensure that linen lasts longer is to pick Egyptian cotton. The getting will cost more, however this is balanced out by 2 elements: the longevity and the initial quality that the customer experiences. So why is Egyptian cotton much better?

In cotton size does matter and it all relates to the length of the cotton fibers. The conditions in Egypt produce the longest fibres (more than 1.5 inches) and this suggests they are stronger and finer, giving the feeling of softness.

Thread count is a fundamental part of that feeling of comfort and luxury. Most popular cottons have a count of around 150, with good quality sheets starting at around 180. 200 is the point at which a thread count reaches into the luxury range.

It is not just about the number of threads per square inch. Egyptian cotton fibres being longer allows for finer, thinner threads which means there are more to the inch. It likewise has to do with the ‘ply’ of the threads – like the number of layers in toilet paper – twisted together and how these are woven securely to form the fabric. Quality Egyptian cotton has two ply which implies smoother, finer thread.

Longer threads suggest there are less of them and so there are less ends to fray. They are also thinner therefore they are more firmly packed which makes the sheets stronger. Lastly this combination of thin, long threads makes for a more stable, tight weave which is unlikely to bobble and it can take in more dye to give longer enduring colours.

Percale

‘Percale’ is also a term worth watching out for, due to the fact that this describes the kind of weave utilized. Percale provides a fabric strength and this suggests it will last longer in multiple washes. Percale is normally only found in high thread-count fabrics.

Mercerization

This chemical treatment process for cotton was created by a Lancashire male, John Mercer – hence ‘mercer’- ization. The modern-day development of this procedure has led to a treatment which permits a softer and stronger fabric. Egyptian cotton that has been dealt with in this way is the most resilient and it will be less most likely to fade or lose its high-quality feel in repeated washes.

Reliable Washing

Egyptian cotton can absorb more water in the wash. In fact, Egyptian cotton typically gets better as it is cleaned again and again, bringing greater softness to the securely woven fine threads. Economizing bedding can indicate that with repeated laundering the cost savings are lost in a one-use-one-wash setting like a hotel.

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