June 11, 2015
All bad baseball jokes aside, batting is actually a pretty important part of linens and textiles. It won’t help you win a game, but it will help you stay comfortable and warm in your bedroom.
Batting, in the linens industry, is the insulating filler material that you’ll find in most often in quilts and similar bedding. Cotton, wool, or polyester fibers are carded to draw the strands out of the raw material. This turns the fibers into batts, which can take a sheet-like form, or an unformed mass. Once the batts have been formed, they are put in between the surface layers of fabric of products such as quilts.
There are two factors that you may want to keep in mind when considering the batting of your bedding — fiber and loft. We touched on fiber briefly in the paragraph above, but each kind has its benefits.
- Polyester batting is cheaper, but it will shift inside the quilt, comforter, or duvet much more easily. If you’re looking at bedding with polyester batting, make sure that it has some kind of baffle or close stitching that keeps the batting in place.
- Cotton batting is a natural fiber, but it also needs to be stitched closely to keep it from shifting. Cotton batting will be more breathable than polyester, which is better for summer months.
- Wool batting is more expensive than the other two options, but it won’t migrate as easily throughout the quilt. Wool is also a natural fiber, and it reacts well to your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Now for loft. The main thing to remember with loft is that high loft means that it will be thick, and low loft means that it will be thinner. This plays a role in the appearance of the bedding, as well as the warmth.
We carry a lot of quilts and quilt sets at US-Mattress.com, so you can choose exactly what you need to keep you comfortable every night of the year. Once you know what you’re looking for in terms of batting, it’s easy to shop our site to find the bedding that will provide for all your nighttime comfort needs.
June 9, 2015
With summer right around corner, and temperatures warming up, it may be time to swap out the flannel comforter and sateen weave sheets for lighter and more breathable bedding. For summer bedding, natural fibers are best at regulating temperature as they tend to be more breathable, light, and wick away moisture from the body.
Linen is a particularly good choice as it is light and breathable, and retains a freshness and coolness in warm weather. Cotton and wool are also quite good at regulating temperature, being breathable and efficient at wicking perspiration from the body. Egyptian cotton, of course, is the most luxurious of these options, being the highest quality cotton grown only in Egypt. Light down comforters can also be good if you like more substantial top layers, but remember you want a low fill power with a cotton shell to avoid trapping too much heat. So when you are planning a set of summer bedding, good combinations are cotton or linen sheets with wool or light down comforters.
Other ways to bolster your comfort on hot summer nights are cooling gel mattress pads and pillows. If you already have a cooling gel infused mattress, then that will go a long way towards helping keep your body temperature down over the hot months; but if not, there are cooling gel mattress pad toppers that can provide similar benefits while also bolstering the comfort of your mattress and making it feel like new. Many brands also offer gel infused pillows or pillows with gel pad toppers designed to help regulate temperature so you aren’t constantly flipping over your pillow for the cool side.
Light colors are recommended both stylistically and for temperature in the summer months. Whites and pastels are good at reflecting sunlight from your bedroom window which will keep them cooler throughout the day, and these colors are also more associated with bright and energetic summer style.
So store your warm winter bedding and replace it with light and airy summer bedding for cool and refreshing nights to come. And toss in a scented dryer sheet with your winter bedding and it will come out smelling fresh and clean when the temperatures begin to drop.
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.