What are the different types of sheets?
Cotton. It ‘breathes.’ It wicks body moisture away from the skin. It launders splendidly and it gets better the more you use it.
Linen. The highest quality bedsheets are made of linen. They also are the most expensive. Linen’s unequaled purity, gloss and smoothness make it the healthiest material for sleeping.
What is threadcount?
It is simply a measure of how many threads – warp (lengthwise) and weft (widthwise) are woven into one square inch or cm of fabric. While thread counts do play a part in indicating the quality of the fabric, the type of fabric plays a more important role. Superb Egyptian cotton has a total number of 500 threads per 10 sq cm. The standard American 250 to 300 threadcount is already good, strong and beautiful.
Beyond Thread Count
Think the definition of luxurious bedding is a high thread count? Then think again. While thread count may be a consideration, there are features much more important to measuring comfort, quality and value. This includes the type of cotton; the hand or feel of the fabric and the nature of the finishing.
As a practical issue, just how many threads can fit into one square inch of fabric? While improvements in spinning and milling technologies have pushed up the numbers, thread counts above 600 are something of a misnomer (and according to many insiders, a waste of money). Very high thread counts generally entail the use of a ‘piled’ yarn – one that is produced by twisting together fine threads. For marketing purposes it is not uncommon to count the twisted yarn as double and, for example, describe fabric with 250 individual four-ply yarns in a square inch as a 1,000 thread-count product.
Don’t count the thread count alone. Softness depends more on the quality of the fiber which is why a 200 thread count fine cotton sheet can have a softer ‘hand’ or feel than a 400 thread count sheet that uses an inferior grade of cotton or a twisted thread.
How to care for your bedding sets
Rotate Your Bedding Sets
It’s a good idea to buy several sets of bedding and rotate them (so that you have one set in use, one set in the wash, and one set in the airing cupboard, for example). This will help to ensure that your bedding lasts as long as possible.
Remember that pillowcases and sheets are likely to wear out more quickly than duvet covers or accessories, so it’s a good idea to buy additional sheets and pillowcases when you buy your luxury bedding set.
The most important factor to bear in mind when washing luxury bedding is the temperature of the water – use lukewarm water rather than hot water. Don’t use too much detergent and try to use a mild one if possible. Never pour detergent directly onto the fabric and don’t use bleach on your bed linen as this can make it turn yellow.
If possible, dry your bedding naturally rather than tumble drying it. If you need to dry it in a tumble-dryer, set it at a low temperature and make sure that you don’t over-dry it. Remove the bedding from the dryer as soon as it is dry, as leaving it in the dryer to cool can cause wrinkles to appear in it. If you do need to leave it in the dryer to cool, however, you can remove the wrinkles by putting a damp cloth into the dryer with the bedding and drying it for another five to ten minutes.
If you want to iron your bed linen, it’s best to do it when it is slightly damp. If your bedding includes decorative details, place it facedown on the ironing board over a towel and iron it, or place a plain sheet over the top of the detailed section and iron over that.
Luxury bedding can last for 10 to 20 years if cared for properly, making it great value for money, so it’s worth splashing out on high quality bedding and caring for it properly.
How to pick a bedding solution for a good night sleep?
Your main concern when it comes to pillows is this: If you like sleeping on a cloud you must look into the silver lining. Information about the filling inside is crucial to hygiene, allergies, upkeep and simply getting your dollar’s worth. The option for fillings is dizzying: down vs feather, goose vs duck, feather vs fiberfill.
If you are looking for sheer indulgence, nothing can beat a quilt or pillow with a natural filling.
Natural fillings tend to be soft to the touch and extra comfortable. Not only do they combine lightness of weight with warmth, but they are particularly resilient and long lasting. And practicality combines with luxury as pillows filled with down from geese can be machine washed at 40oC.
If you are looking for practicality, pillows and duvets with a synthetic filling may well suit you best.
Synthetic fillings are easy to wash and care for. This range of bedding contains fibre that is created using the very latest technology. As a result, the quilts are lighter than ever and offer all the warmth you will need. Unlike many other makes, we have a range of pillows and quilts that have a wonderfully comfortable cotton or cotton sateen cover and are also anti-dust mite treated.
How to choose a pillow that gives you the right balance of comfort and support?
– Soft Pillow
Suitable if you sleep mostly on your face and/or your back
– Medium Pillow
Suitable if you sleep mostly on your side and/or your back
– Firm Pillow
Suitable if you sleep mostly on your side
How do I know when I need a new pillow?
For Natural pillow
Place pillow on a flat surface and fold in into half, squeeze out all of the air. Release the pillow. If it does not return to its original shape then you need a new pillow.
For Fiber pillow
Place pillow on a flat surface and fold it into half. Place a medium sized shoe or trainer onto the folded pillow. If the pillow does not throw the shoe off and return to its original shape then you need a pillow.
How do I care for your pillow?
– Air regularly especially when new or after cleaning
– Wash regularly to freshen (check wash care labels)
– Dry well after washing
– Do not Dry clean as solvent fumes may get trapped in the pillow
– Plump up after use to retain shape and comfort
– Use a pillow protector to prevent soiling and to extend the life of your pillow
How long will my pillow last?
As recommended for all types of pillows, a change should be made every 1 to 2 years.
How do I care for your quilt?
All of our quilts can be washed at 40 degrees C – although we would recommend a large capacity washing machine such as that which may be found in a specialist cleaners or a launderette. This is because they are generally too bulky for domestic washing machines and can be difficult to dry properly.
– Do no Dry clean as solvent fumes may get trapped and be a danger to health.
– Customers are advised to refer to the care labels at all times
– Do not wash your quilt too often as washing reduces the life of your quilt. A damp cloth with warm water and some mild detergent can be used to remove localized stains
– Air your quilt regularly. A new quilt should be aired 24 hours prior to use
– Do not put blankets on top of your quilt as this compresses the thickness and reduces the air content. It’s the air inside your quilt that keeps you warm.
– Use a quilt cover at all times to protect your quilt
– Shake your quilt regularly to plump it up and fill it with air
Why should you protect your mattress?
Using a mattress protector adds warmth and comfort as well as ensuring your mattress remains fresh. Using a protector will also prolong the life span of your mattress and pillows.
How to choose the right mattress protector?
If you require discreet, extra protection against bed wetting or soiling.
If you like to pamper yourself with extra comfort and softness.
Protects your mattress against dust mites. Most effective when used with the anti-dust mite quilt and pillow.