How to Pick Bathroom Towels

September 18th, 2009

The process of picking bathroom towels is something that everyone has to go through at one point in his/her life. Whether you’re out on your own for the first time in an apartment, moving into a brand new house, picking up a wedding gift for a friend, towels are things that you can easily purchase that lifts the décor of the bathroom.

However, to get the most bang for your buck whether you choose standard towels or expensive ones, you need to understand what to look for in a bathroom towel.

Bathroom towels are basically made of four types of material: Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton, micro cotton, or standard cotton.

As the name standard cotton implies, this type of cotton is of general quality that is adequate for everyday use. However, standard cotton does not have the same softness and absorbency of the higher end cotton towels.

Micro cotton is a new development in the cotton industry. The cotton industry has been relatively unremarkable for the last few decades while it has continued to grow the same types of plants for centuries. Micro cotton was developed to be extra plush, softer and more absorbent than standard towels.

Pima cotton stands for superior pima cotton. Pima cotton is known for its strong and lengthy cotton fibers. This makes it an ideal type of cotton for bedding and bathroom linens as these qualities point to a durable and absorbent cotton towel.

Perhaps the best known and luxurious of all towels are those made of Egyptian cotton. Egyptian is recognized throughout the world as exporting quality cotton. The staple fibers of Egyptian cotton are extra long and durable. When used to manufacture towels, you really can’t get much better than Egyptian towels.

When purchasing bathroom towels, it is really surprising what a small detail can do for the appearance of a room. By having a certain type of towel, it can say a lot about your personal tastes so make sure you have quality towels on hand.

Lilian St. George knows a lot about bathroom décor. Invest in the right Egyptian cotton towels to decorate your bathroom and also to luxuriate in the comfort. Egyptian cotton bath towels are the best in bathroom linens where you get what you pay for.

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Pima Cotton is used for making towels

September 7th, 2009
Author: Chris
Pima cotton is a type of cotton grown primarily in the United State’s Southwest. It is considered to be one of the superior blends of cotton, and is extremely durable and absorbent. Pima cotton is named after the Pima Native Americans who first cultivated the plant in the US, but its origins date back to its cultivation in Egypt.

Egyptian cotton is frequently used in towels and sheets. When woven it has long fibrous threads that means one can have a higher thread count within each piece of the fabric. In other words, a piece of Egyptian cotton has a much more extensive weave than other types of cotton. Towels made from Egyptian cotton are particularly desirable because they are very soft and help absorb water from the body quickly.

Since Egyptian cotton was so desirable, the US decided to try growing a type of it in the Southwest, which is a somewhat similar climate to Egypt. The resultant cotton was a mix of Egyptian and other types of cotton. Pima cotton is a little shorter than Egyptian cotton but still yields a thread that can be woven multiple times into a piece of fabric to create a dense, soft fabric.

Pima cotton may also be marketed by the name Supima®, which is patented. While some products may say they contain pima cotton, they do not have to contain all pima cotton. The Supima® sign on a product guarantees the fabric is made completely from pima cotton.

Pima cotton has applications in a wide variety of products. It is used in towels, sheets, and clothing. Pima cotton in clothing is most often used in shirts for both men and women. Companies like Eddie Bauer and Land’s End boast numerous products. Woven sweaters made with pima cotton are, as well, quite popular. They are light to wear, yet provide superior warmth.
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Towel Selection – a brief guide to choosing towels.

September 1st, 2009

Author: Dom Serl

Choosing the right towel at the right price isn’t that easy these days…

a quick search for “towels” on the internet, shows us the huge array of textiles, styles, finishes and weights of towel that are available…

With so much choice now, how can anyone decide which towels and what prices are appropriate for your needs?

All towels will have a fabric weight, you will see references to “gsm” weight, and put simply, this just means the density or “amount” of fabric that has been used to make that particular towel. We believe that any towel that is below about 400gsm will feel and look thin and possibly “cheap” (hold it up to the light and see how translucent it is), but if that is what you want, it will no doubt “do the job” perfectly well.

Many promises are made… Read the rest of this entry »

Three Steps to Selecting Comforters and Comforter Sets

August 18th, 2009

I frequently get asked what I deem to be the most important considerations to make when it comes to purchasing bedding comforters and comforter sets. The task of selecting bedding can at times be daunting for many people but it really doesn’t need to be. While I agree that there are various options and choices to keep in mind, I believe the task can be simplified by focusing on three primary areas of consideration.

The first consideration has to do with what is inside the comforter. This is typically referred to as the “filling” and many options and choices can come into play when inspecting this initial characteristic. Some of the most common comforter filling options evident on the market today might include goose down, fiberfill, cotton, polyester and wool. Fiberfill is a synthetic material found in many comforters on the market today and is generally a fine choice. The main thing to look for with a comforter consisting of fiberfill is that at least 14 ounces of fiberfill be used on a full sized comforter. Goose down is an excellent fill choice for a comforter but will generally be more on the costly side. If you opt for goose down, make sure the fill is at least 20 ounces on a full sized goose down comforter.

The second consideration has to do with the outside of the comforter. This is typically known as the “shell” or just the “cover”. Again, there are Read the rest of this entry »

Some Simple Tips For Buying Down Alternative Comforters

August 18th, 2009

When you are unhappy with a down comforter, then it is probably time to check out some alternative comforters that look and feel like down but might be more comfortable or suited for you. In this article, a few of the alternate choices are explored. Do you need some tips for buying down alternative comforters?

Instead of the usual down that comes with the down comforter, you can pick out a synthetic down. While synthetic down can’t compete with the warmth and durability of the regular down, it still does come very close and is worth giving a shot to. In fact, it has a light feeling that is extremely similar to the regular down comforter.

If you are allergic to the regular down comforter, then maybe your solution lies in buying an allergen free down comforter. You can give this comforter a try and see if it does the trick for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic Cotton-Really?

August 18th, 2009

Organic Cotton is cotton that has been grown using methods and materials that have as low of impact on the environment as possible. Organic farming replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and pesticides and fertilizers. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

Organically grown cotton globally:

Cotton grown organically worldwide increased 152 percent during the 2007-2008 crop year, according to the Organic Cotton Farm and Fiber Report 2008. As a result, organic cotton production reached 145,872 metric tons (MT), equaling 668,581 bales, grown in 22 countries.

Approximately 60 percent of the total growth represents expansion of existing projects, while the remaining 40 percent is from new projects becoming certified . The production increase is being driven by the heightened demand for organic cotton from consumers.

India has taken over Turkey’s position as the production leader, its production increase by 292 percent to reach 73,702 MT, or about half of Read the rest of this entry »

Bamboo Sheets – 7 Reasons to Think Twice About High Thread Count Cotton Sheets

August 18th, 2009

Why bamboo sheets…you ask?

* To begin, let’s take a glimpse at advertised thread counts (T.C.). When the packaging on a sheet set claims a T.C. of 800, is it truly 800? In some cases your 800 T.C. sheets could really be a 400 T.C. sheet set, if that same sheet set were produced by a more honorable manufacturer.

* To give you an example of how this is done, let’s take a closer look. Some maufacturers will take a strand of fabric that contains two seperate fibers, and call it two threads. In doing this, they can get away with doubling their T.C. for that product. Many ethical manufacturers would consider this to be a single thread.

* In the case of bamboo fabric, it is so naturally soft that there simply is no need to create an inflated T.C. In case studies, bamboo sheets have been shown to be softer than even very high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

* In addition to the cashmere-like softness of bamboo bedding, bamboo fabric has incredible absorption abilities. It has been tested and is two to three times more absorbent than cotton. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian Cotton-Really

August 16th, 2009

Consumers should always be looking for the best quality cotton products made from an extra-long staple cotton ( ELS cotton). The long fibers of ELS cotton make a stronger and more softer yarn, and, in turn, weave into a much stronger and softer fabric. Among the ELS cottons are Pima, Supima and Egyptian cotton. ELS cotton is grown in most countries in the world that produce cotton.
Egyptian cotton is a fine, lustrous, long staple cotton grown in Egypt. Usually staple length of 34mm-37mm. Extra-long staple cottons are more expensive than the commonly available cottons, because they are synonymous with quality and softness. The extra-long staple give the towels and sheets a rich luster and superior softness.
Just because the label says the cotton is Egyptian cotton does not mean that it was from the best Egyptian cotton, it could very well have been made from short fiber cotton grown in Egypt and not be any better than the cotton grown in any other country.
First, we have to understand that in Egypt, just like in every other country that grows cotton in the world, there are cotton plants that grow short staple, medium staple, long staple and extra long staple cotton. So just because the cotton came from Egypt, does not mean that it is the fine extra long staple cotton you would expect.
For example, the label on the towel may say the cotton was from Egypt. But there are many kinds of cotton grown in Egypt such as Giza 45, 70, 88, 76, and 77 in the long staple category, Giza 67, 69 and 75 in the Long-Medium category and Giza 66 and 72 in the Medium category for staple length.
Example would be Giza 87 is a Extra Long staple length of 35.2-37.2 mm or Giza 88 cross between Giza 45 and Giza 77 has a 34.0-35.1 mm staple length. Notice an over 3.0 mm difference in the staple length of the cotton, that makes a difference in the softness of the towel or sheet.
On top of that, the length of the staple of every kind of cotton changes from year to year.
The fiber length, the micronaire (avg. thickness of the fiber), the percentage of mature fibers and the percentage of trash in the bales will vary from year to year. This is true of all cotton producing fields, all over the world.
Second, we must remember that towel mills in Egypt can import cotton from other countries, as well, so they could have imported cotton from the Sudan, Pakistan or Greece and made your towel from that cotton and put “Made in Egypt” on the towel. Just because the label says “Made in a country” does not mean the yarns came from that country, they could have been imported from some other country.
Third, many factories have been known to blend Egyptian cotton with lesser quality or lower cost long staple cottons to make the product less expensive. A home textile product may say on the Sew in Label that the product is of 100% Egyptian Cotton Loops, but in reality, the Egyptian cotton was only 30% and the other 70% was of a lesser quality cotton or another local ELS cotton to reduce the cost. I do not want to put all of the blame on the factory, the retailer must assume part of the responsibility as they may have forced the factory to meet a price point that was unreasonable. However, that local ELS cotton that was blended with the Egyptian, may have been just as good of quality cotton as the Egyptian cotton. You might not even know the difference.
Fourth, in the case for towels, no factory in the world would make a 100% Egytpain Cotton towel, The warp of the towel would be made with locally grown cotton yarns. Since the warp does not touch the body when drying, only the loops touch the body, it would be foolish to spend the money on expensive yarns in the warp of the towel. It is what the lopps are made of that give the towel is softness and luster.
Your best bet to secure good Egyptian cotton is to look for the Pyramid with the eye at the top logo of the Egyptian Cotton Council. This usually means that the cotton being used is of the best quality and not blended with another quality of cotton.
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Louis Cooper is a veteran of the Home Textiles Market for over 30 years. He has worked with all of the major US retailers to develop creative and unique products and ideas. His web site will educate you about the different types of yarns that best best for towels, inform you about how towels are made and what are the best towel products in the market today for you to purchase.