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“GREEN UP” YOUR WARDROBE WITH BAMBOO CLOTHING

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These days everyone seems to be going “green”, even where their clothing is concerned.  Eco-friendly clothing is a growing area in the fashion industry with more and more designers using eco-friendly products.

One such product that we are hearing more and more about is bamboo!  Who would have thought we would ever be wearing clothes made from bamboo?  Bamboo fabric is used to make towels, curtains and clothing.  100% bamboo fabric is not very pliable and is generally not used for clothing.  But, when bamboo is blended with wool, cotton or lycra, it is the perfect marriage for clothing.  At first, it sounded a little stiff and itchy to me, but actually, bamboo blends look and feel very similar to cashmere or silk.  Clothing designers love the fact that it drapes beautifully and feels like silk, but is less expensive!

There are many benefits of bamboo clothing that I had never considered.  For instance:

  1. Bamboo contains a natural anti-bacterial agent called “kun”, making it resistant to pests while growing, and making it resistant to fungus and bacteria when made into clothing.  A pair of bamboo socks would be a great choice for someone who is prone to athlete’s foot.
  2. Great at wicking away moisture, making it perfect for work-out clothing and socks
  3. It’s very soft and safe to use for baby and children’s clothing
  4. Sheets made from bamboo are great because of the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties…plus they are extremely soft!
  5. Does not generate static electricity, so there’s no clinging
  6. Easy to care for as you can see below

Check the manufacturer’s label, but generally the below applies:

  1. Wash on delicate or gentle cycle in cold water
  2. No need for fabric softener sheets or softener in the wash cycle
  3. Use very little detergent, and make sure it is mild
  4. Do not use bleach on bamboo fabric
  5. Line dry or air dry your bamboo clothing.  Never dry in the dryer, as it will cause shrinkage
  6. Iron on the very lowest setting, with a dry iron.  Using steam will make rings on the clothing that cannot be removed

 

 

If you are eco-conscious and want to carry that through to your wardrobe, try out bamboo clothing!  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW…

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Spring is almost here, and it’s time to get prepared to do the proverbial “Spring Cleaning”.

Draperies and window coverings are sometimes forgotten.  However, they are major “dust catchers” and should be cleaned at least twice each year.  Here are just a few tips to help you when cleaning your window coverings.

  1. Remove all dust prior to washing or dry cleaning by vacuuming the drapes/window coverings while they are still hanging up.  This is extremely important because some dust could turn to “mud” when put in the washer or exposed to dry cleaning solution.
  2. Remove all curtain rings or drapery pins unless they are permanently attached
  3. Read the care label on the window covering.  Fine draperies and curtains usually require dry cleaning.  If they are lined, sometimes the lining is washable, but the outer drapery fabric is not.  In this case, you should definitely dry clean!
  4. If washing sheers or open weave/lace type coverings, wash on delicate cycle with a mild detergent.  Dry on low.
  5. Press prior to re-hanging or hang, then use a steamer to remove wrinkles
  6. Also, if you’ve got a canopy or draping over your bed, you’ll need to clean those in the same manner

Then, while you’ve got your draperies and window coverings removed from their usual post, you can clean the windows and blinds!  One thing leads to another!

Don't forget to clean the canopy over your bed, too!

 

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February 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

IT ADDS UP TO LUXURY!

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I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear anything about thread count on sheets, I just get confused!  200, 400, 500 thread count, what does it mean?  And, what’s the difference between combed cotton, muslin, percale, Egyptian cotton, pima or supima?  All I want is a soft set of sheets!  Well, let me tell you, it does matter, and here’s why:

The number refers to how many threads per square inch.  The higher the thread count, the smoother and softer your sheets will be.

  • 200 – 300 thread count – used in designer sheets and printed novelty sheets…won’t be very soft.  Depending on the material used, such as a poly/cotton blend, will develop “pills” over time.
  • 300 – 500 thread count – Most commonly found sheets – will be soft and affordable.  If made from good quality materials, will become softer with repeated washings.
  • 500 or more – These sheets will be very soft, and expensive, but well worth it!  The sheets with higher thread counts are usually made from very fine materials such as Egyptian cotton.

As for the materials used to make your sheets, here are the most common:

Combed cotton – Through a cleaning process, removes impurities and produces short, undesirable fibers.

  • Muslin – Muslin does not make a very soft or desirable sheet.  It is usually used for novelty children’s sheets, and will typically have a low thread count of around 140.
  • Percale – A flat, closely woven and smooth sheet that usually is 100% cotton, or a 50/50 cotton/poly blend.  Thread count in these sheets is typically 200.  Makes a nice sheet, but over time, the cotton/poly blend will develop “pills”.
  • Pima or Supima – Refers to a high quality cotton consisting of long fibers.  It is similar to Egyptian cotton – the difference being location of origin.  Pima and Supima is grown in the U.S., Egyptian cotton is grown near the Nile River.  Typically these sheets have a thread count of 300 or higher and are very soft.
  • Egyptian cotton – grown along the Nile River.  Usually these sheets have a thread count of 300 or higher, and are very soft, luxurious and durable.

So if you are out shopping for sheets, be sure to check the thread count, and see what the sheets are made from.  Higher thread count is more expensive, but well worth it in the long run, as they will provide you with a super soft, luxurious bed you won’t want to get out of!

 

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February 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm