When it comes to sheeting, the popular opinion is that 100% cotton is the first and only choice for a luxuriously soft sleep experience. And while 100% cotton sheeting certainly sets the bar high for comfort, there are many considerations besides a soft hand when it comes to choosing the right material for your resort, rental, or hotel bed linens. Here are some considerations to help you decide if 100% cotton sheeting is right for your properties.
There is a reason cotton has been in constant use for the last 5,000 years – it is an excellent textile choice for bed linens, clothing, and many other popular products. There are numerous benefits to having this soft, fluffy staple fiber in your sheeting, including:
While 100% cotton sheeting can provide unmatched softness and comfort, there are some significant drawbacks to 100% cotton bed linens in a high use, commercial setting such as a hotel or rental property. These drawbacks include:
Now that you’ve seen the benefits and drawbacks of 100% cotton sheeting, you may wonder what other options you have. The most common alternative to 100% cotton is a cotton-polyester blend, often called poly-cotton. Poly-cotton is typically 55% cotton and 45% polyester, although the ratio can vary.
The main benefit of a poly-cotton product is increased strength. The addition of polyester creates a more durable product and is also less prone to shrinkage than 100% cotton. However, there are some drawbacks to traditional poly-cotton blends. The biggest drawback is a noticeable reduction in softness and comfort, since both the cotton and polyester are directly touching the user. This means that historically you could feel the difference in softness between 100% cotton and poly-cotton products.
To truly maximize the benefits of cotton while eliminating the drawbacks, you need a poly-cotton product where the yarns that guests feel on the surface are cotton, while the internal structure is reinforced with tough polyester fibers that are never seen or felt. This is exactly what our patented Centium Core Technology® achieves.
This fabric formation technology reconfigures the base yarns of a woven fabric. 100% cotton yarn encapsulates Centium synthetic microfilament bundles. This unique construction delivers unsurpassed durability and longevity and a soft touch since the greatest number of yarns touching the skin are cotton.
Since the launch of these innovative products, customers have achieved significant savings due to reduced replacement costs and lower operational expenses, while maintaining the feel and luster of cotton.
The final verdict: While it is true that 100% cotton has a luxurious softness, most of these products will not hold up to high use commercial settings and industrial laundering. This will lead to frequent replacing, which is why 100% cotton products are rarely seen in a hotel/commercial environment. A traditional poly-cotton blend will improve strength and durability, but at the expense of softness and comfort.
To achieve a low cost-per-use while maintaining comfort and softness, we recommend you consider sheeting made with Standard Textile’s patented Centium Core Technology®. You will enjoy all the comfort of cotton with strength and durability that will keep your sheeting soft and fresh wash after wash!
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