May 7, 2015
The way you clean your linens is essential to their quality over time. You’ve invested good money into soft, luxurious fabrics, and it’s important that the materials retain the same quality that they had when you first purchased them. There are three things to keep in mind when caring for your good linens and textiles.
1. If you’re using a washing machine, use cold water and the gentle cycle.
It’s common knowledge that cold water helps fabric keep its shape, since the material is much less apt to shrink. While any product made from natural fibers will shrink to some degree, cold water will keep that shrinkage to a minimum so that your linens retain their size. Combined with a gentle wash, your fabrics should keep their shape and size for years to come.
2. Don’t use fabric softener on your fine textiles.
What many people don’t know is that fabric softener can actually ruin the fibers of your fabrics, especially if you’re using liquid fabric softener. Softener coats the threads so that they feel softer, but it destroys the finish of the fabric, which is part of what determines its original quality. White vinegar does the job just as well, without damaging your textiles.
3. Don’t over-dry your linens.
Many fabrics can be machine-dried. The main cautionary message here is to make sure that you don’t let them dry too much, because this can cause the fibers to break. This ultimately results in tiny pills along the surface of the fabric. It’s recommended that you take your linens out of the dryer when they’re still a touch damp, and then press them with a warm iron.
With a little extra care and attention to detail, you can easily maintain your luxury linens so that they last for years. Whether you’re washing brand new linens or maintaining vintage ones, these three memorable tips will help you keep your textiles in excellent condition.
April 30, 2015
You may already know that bedding and furniture companies have to adhere to certain laws and regulations, but do you know who makes those edicts? There is a large association that is in charge of these international standards, and it’s made up of actual American officials who are in charge of enforcing the bedding and furniture laws in their own states.
The International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials (IABFLO) works to ensure that manufacturers not only meet certain requirements for their products, but also label said products correctly. For example, bedding made with down feathers can be labeled in several different ways according to the quality and quantity of down used. These different tiers for labeling let you know not only if the product contains actual down, but also if it meets high enough standards to be labeled as down, or even goose down or 100% down.
Since any potential furniture or bedding that you could buy has to meet these standards, you can have a certain degree of confidence when you purchase these home products. Plus, the people who make up the IABFLO are dedicated to enforcing the laws that they draw up, which makes it very difficult for any manufacturer to skirt the rules. So rest assured, because the furniture and bedding industry is in good hands.
March 5, 2015
One of the more high-end brands at US-Mattress is Matouk, a linens manufacturer based out of Massachusetts. Almost 100 years old, this company began as the brainchild of one immigrant man, and has now become one of the world’s finest creators of luxury linens.
Born in Damascus and trained in the Italian tradition of fine linen-making, John Matouk founded his company in 1929, when he moved overseas to America. Here he began selling his high-quality fabric, and even though America had just plummeted into the Great Depression, plenty of people recognized the worth of his linens and were willing to pay for it.
With the onset of World War II, he was unable to ship his materials from Italy to the United States, and so he moved all of his manufacturing to America. He also developed his own special fabric to take the place of linen when people could no longer access it. This new material became intensely popular and was established as Matouk’s first signature tablecloth.
After John Matouk’s death in 1963, his son George became president of the company — and during his time, he grew the brand until it became a maker of every array of household linens, acquiring status as a household name in the process.
At US-Mattress, you can find Matouk linens for every room in your home, at an affordable price. Their comprehensive inventory and dedication to the highest quality manufacture mean that you can fill your entire home with high-end linens, making life more comfortable in every space.
March 3, 2015
Tencel is a relatively new product on the market, having been around for fewer than 40 years. It’s made its way into numerous household essentials, becoming a rather popular material, especially in the linens industry. But what is it?
Technically, Tencel is the brand name for lyocell. It is considered a natural product — even though it is man-made — because it’s manufactured from wood pulp cellulose and it’s biodegradable. However, it has a soft feel very similar to that of rayon, and it is considered to be very durable.
While natural fibers tend to be a little more high-maintenance than synthetic (think of how easily cotton can wrinkle), lyocell is actually quite easy to care for. Not only is it usually machine-washable, but it also is wrinkle-resistant. Besides this, it’s breathable and moisture-wicking, which makes it a good fabric for people who have allergies, people with sensitive skin, or people who tend to sleep hot. Plus, its manufacture results in very little waste, so it’s typically considered to be fairly eco-friendly.
US-Mattress carries a number of brands that use Tencel, including DreamFit, Home Source, and Malouf. From mattress and pillow protectors to full sheet sets, you’ll be able to outfit your bed with health-conscious, eco-friendly bedding at an affordable price.
The Snooze Guru