Quality Linens - 5 ways to distinguish them
Linens ideal for a healthy lifestyle
Fabrics that are ideal for a healthy lifestyle and the positive effects they have on our well-being are essential to living well. Think about the composition of the fibers that we cover ourselves with, wipe with and that we generally put in our home. Any type of natural fabric is the best choice as long as you can distinguish the quality linens and avoid synthetic bad qualities, which are bad for your health and your wallet.
The duration of a natural fiber product is not seasonal or for 1 year, instead its quality value lasts for many years. This is the way we invest in quality because the durability of natural fabrics will justify the cost as they are distinguished for their sustainability.
With specific tactics, through basic advice but also some technical information, you will see that when you give priority to quality, it will reward you with well-being, positive energy, but above all it will contribute to maintaining your health. It is not a new trend, as there has been a movement on the Internet in recent years - which is now becoming more and more intense. It refers to the attention to the manufacturing of market products and the preference for natural fabrics.
The advantages of quality natural fabrics should never be underestimated when it comes to meeting personal needs, but should be the basis of your every choice even for any change of your home.
The companies are well aware that the price tag is the one that entices the market and so they try to deceive us in the most dangerous way for our health. The production of synthetic fibers is a very profitable science with a huge humanitarian cost.
In bathroom linens, the difference is just as noticeable, and this is because a bathrobe must be made of 100% cotton in order to absorb the moisture of the skin in a natural and healthy way. Low cost products from most companies will suggest you buy a microsuede bathrobe, it is cheaper than a cotton one , but it is synthetic and 100% polyester. It is treated with nanotechnology that makes its polyester fibers so fine that they give the illusion of leather. Such a treated fabric is not a natural product and may be suitable for a sofa but not in products that hug bare skin.
1. Variety and styles of natural fabrics
Natural fabrics belong to the highest quality products, characterized by their durability and are soft to the touch. These physical properties are important and in addition, especially in bedding, the fabric must breathe as this has a direct effect on how restful your sleep becomes.
Fabrics with a very soft touch, such as silk with the natural hypoallergenic protein called sericin, rank highest in terms of quality and cost. A very ideal fabric for the summer months is linen and finally cotton, with its surprisingly absorbent properties. Cotton fabric is very cool but naturally it can retain heat, balances the moisture of the skin as it allows it to breathe and is the most ideal fabric for linen.
The weaving method and types of cotton fabric that can meet your needs, as well as the texture that will match your aesthetic, are elements waiting to be discovered.
● 100% cotton
Cotton sheets are the most popular choice as the cotton fiber is naturally durable. It absorbs and releases moisture easily, allowing the fabric to breathe and is suitable for all seasons.
● 100% cotton percale
Percale is one of the cotton fabrics, with a dense weave of 200 threads or more per square inch that makes them much more resistant to the wear and tear of time, soft in texture, with a matte appearance. It refers to the way it has been woven and refers to the number of threads per square inch and has nothing to do with the materials used. They have the property of feeling cool when they come in contact with the body. You can find them in wonderful colors and designs .
● 100% Satin cotton
One of the best categories of cotton sheets and which gives a feeling of luxury thanks to the higher levels of fibers that count in its weave and which consequently boosts its durability. The impressive effect gives them a glossy look with a subtle sheen, giving a nice and imposingly elegant effect. At the same time, they are particularly soft to the touch with the smooth surface, allowing the natural properties to work beneficially in the quality of sleep.
Choose them in patterns , elaborate stitching and colors that will spark the vibrancy of your bedroom.
2. The fiber quality, the number of fibers in the weave and the texture
The quality of the fiber in the first stage is determined by the degree of purification it has undergone and by which methods. The fibers that are produced are what will determine the quality of the thread. The higher the number of fibers that make up the thread, the softer the fabric as there are no gaps. They also determine the durability and strength of the fabric. The more fibers, the result is a denser fabric. In cotton fabric the length of the fiber is another definition of quality. This means that the longer the fiber, the fewer the bonds between them to make up the yarn. The fabric has more flexibility and is more durable. There are different bands of fiber quantity and which result in corresponding quality. The category that ranges between 200-300 (tc) fibers per square inch is the most ideal quality choice in terms of strength and absorbency.
The weaving technique of the fabric, which as solid as it looks, is the way it is made. It is the rate at which the threads have been entangled horizontally and vertically, in a consecutive weave. Thus, in addition to the composition of the fabric, they betray its luster, just like a design that can give shape to a pattern.
3. The specifications
In fabrics, the main characteristic of each variety that exists is its manufacturing specifications. In our daily life we come across a very wide range of fabrics that we are asked to choose in products that have direct contact with our body. Fabrics that show huge differences between them and that do not only apply to sheets, duvet covers or blankets. It is of major importance and needs great attention because, for every type of natural fabric - the corresponding synthetic - cheap - inferior one has been manufactured. A very typical such example is the cellouse fabric which is one of the primary fabrics in household items.
Choose the throw that will suit your aesthetic, but pay close attention to the timeless value of the natural yarn for making throws, where respectively, acrylic chenille is.
Most companies to reduce the price, will use cheaper cost and quality similar products, such as polyester (plastic fiber) chenille.
They do not benefit either a good standard of living or your wallet as they are not quality, they are not healthy and in the long run we spend more money buying the same item due to short duration.
● 100% Cotton & wool carpets
As is true according to tradition, even the carpets are made of natural fibers. Of the cotton carpet type, they should not be omitted from home care for a healthy environment and their beneficial effect is something worth investing in. The carpet that is made of cotton is skin-friendly, does not hold mites or pathogenic micro-organisms. It easily removes and balances moisture, just as dust is easily removed by wiping and airing without emitting substances irritating to us into the environment.
4. The cost
As much as we always aim to achieve the best quality at the best price, we live in an age where it should all work in reverse. The benefit when we choose a natural fabric instead of a synthetic one is seen over time. It is now an investment, which will pay off because the quality of the space we live in has a very large impact on overall health.
5. The Certification
Perhaps the most important piece of information you should have as a consumer is that of certification. The right selection criteria and the feeling of consciousness towards a healthy lifestyle should be there at every level. It is important to always have the certification mark that corresponds to the product. Symmetry Living products offer you the confidence of origin and manufacture with unparalleled support in ethical fashion that addresses the practices of exploitation of degraded countries and child labor.
Product labels should always give accurate information about what it was made from. They should state the composition of the fabric, its dyeing methods and its origin.
- Suitable for children
- Certified dry and wet polishing acrylic fiber
- Against child and forced labour, workplace standards programme
- Indelible, resistant to solar radiation
- Friendly to the environment
- Handmade products
- Skin friendly
- 100% cotton
- 100% satin cotton
- Made with natural materials
- 100% linen fabric
- Traditional handmade printing, non-chemical printing method
- Anti-slip product
- Super absorbent
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Trust inspires choice.
The pleasant experience of buying a new product to add to your space and renew it with fresh notes, should not have the negative effect of a poor quality choice. Give yourself the best and remind yourself daily that quality in life pays off with wellness. Quality natural fabrics are the ones that really work beneficially for the body and it is worth paying attention to their selection. Make sure the fabrics that hug your body are not harmful, are friendly to your skin and above all allow it to breathe.
Quality in natural fabrics, at life levels, is the priority, so choose exclusively certified quality products. With the confidence and trust of your market, you will benefit immeasurably in the long run.
*this article is the updated version of the already existing article on Newsbeast, entitled " Choose quality linens "