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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

DOWN COMFORTERS – FRESH, FLUFFY, FANTASTIC!

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There’s nothing like snuggling up on a cold winter’s night under a heavy down comforter.  They are a wonderful addition to your bed this time of year, but as with any type of bedding, they must be cleaned.  Down comforters do require a little TLC.  Below are a few tips to help you keep that down comforter clean, fluffy and ready for the next winter season.

 

  1. Place your comforter in a cover to keep it clean
  2. Shake the comforter out weekly to keep the down fresh and fluffy
  3. Air it out monthly to keep it smelling fresh.  Hang it over a clothes line, or lay in the grass on a sunny day.
  4. Down comforters can be machine washed.  However, you should take it to a dry cleaner to do so if you do not have an oversized washer at home.
  5. If you wash the comforter yourself, gently squeeze out any excess water before placing in the dryer.
  6. Dry on low heat.  In order to keep the down from clumping, place a couple of tennis balls in the dryer…this will keep the down moving, prevent clumping, and help the comforter dry quicker.
  7. At the end of the winter, place a cover over the comforter and store in a dry, well ventilated closet to prevent mildew.

 

 

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January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

UNDER COVER – HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR QUILTS

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Created by loving hands, and taking hours and hours to complete, quilts are very special.  Quilts are a wonderful addition to one’s bedding this time of year; but, unlike the everyday cotton blanket or throw, quilts must be cleaned with the utmost of care.  And unfortunately, a handmade quilt doesn’t come with a “care” label with instructions on how to care for it.  Below are some tips to keep that handmade, precious family heirloom looking great for many years to come.

 

  1. Quilts can generally be both washed or dry cleaned.  Your quilt only needs to be cleaned one time/year unless you have pets or children, or have spilled something on the quilt.  Then you would want to clean it a tad more frequently.
  2. If the fabrics used in making the quilt were not washed prior to making the quilt, it should be tested for colorfastness.  Test the fabrics by taking a damp, white cloth, and rub over the various fabrics in the quilt.  If one fades onto the cloth, that fabric isn’t color fast, and should be dry cleaned, not washed.
  3. If your quilt has a lot of lacy, puffy appliqué work, have it dry cleaned in order to preserve the handiwork.
  4. When washing a quilt, set on delicate cycle and use a very mild detergent.  Keep the colors bright by adding half a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.
  5. You can partially dry the quilt in the dryer on a low setting, but then finish drying it on a rack, or many people like to spread it out over the grass to dry in the sun.
  6. Lastly, when storing your quilt, have it cleaned first.  Then air it out, fold it, and store it in a cotton or muslin bag…never a plastic bag.  You can also wrap it in a white cotton sheet.  About every two months, take the quilt out and fold it in a different direction and re-wrap it in order to avoid permanently creasing the quilt.
  7. When removing from storage for use, lay it out on the grass to air out for a while prior to placing it on your bed.
  8. Never iron a quilt.

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January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am