Nothing is more frustrating than watching your hotel’s linen supply begin to dwindle unnecessarily due to product shrinkage. But understanding the root cause of shrinkage and how to prevent it in the first place can give you the upper hand on this natural, but nonetheless destructive phenomenon.
Shrinkage is the reduction in size of a textile item after it’s been laundered. Shrinkage rates depend a great deal on the fiber content and the construction of the fabric. But, generally, cotton fibers will shrink approximately 6-8%, whereas polyester’s shrink rate is usually less than 3%. In addition, knits and loosely woven textile products will shrink more than tightly woven textile fabrics.
Shrinkage usually occurs during the drying process as water is being evaporated from the fabric through the use of dry heat.
To maintain the intended finished size of the products being laundered, always be sure to follow these four simple preventative steps:
When evaluating textile items for purchase, you should consider the expected end use of the product. This is especially true for fitted sheets as there has been a dramatic shift in the type and size of hotel beds being offered. Below are some factors to consider:
This is the fifth article in our series on laundering best practices. Be sure to check out the other articles:
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