Singeing is the process where the fuzz and lint are burnt off to secure the sheets. Mercerizing enables each sheet to retain dye better while increasing its sheen and durability. These two processes are vital to ensure that your linen is of good quality and lasts longer.
Warp is the lengthwise thread that is woven on a weaving loom or frame.
Weft is the horizontal yarn that is threaded or inserted over and under the warp threads.
Price is the most important factor – and the biggest challenge – for any hotelier. Different companies use different pricing models for similar product sizes and specifications. Using your sight or touch can be misleading since there are technical differences across manufacturers. Here are some ways of knowing that you are getting the best product for the price you pay:
Check whether the thread count (TC) mentioned is before or after weaving – If the weaving is taken at 180-190 TC, then after finishing it becomes 200 TC. If it is 200 TC during weaving, then the finished product will have 210-220 TC and is more expensive. We recommend you ask your manufacturer about the thread count before placing your order.
Single pick vs. parallel pick bed linen – Single pick refers to a process of weaving where one lengthwise thread (warp) is alternately passed over and under one horizontal thread (weft). Parallel pick is a type of weaving where one lengthwise thread (warp) passes alternately and successively over and under two horizontal (weft) picks as 1×2. Normally single-pick bed linen is expensive compared to parallel pick construction as they are stronger with better weaving.
Check the reed and pick of the fabric – A reed is a comb-like part of a weaving loom that secures and separates the threads while it is being woven. The closer the reed and pick, the more closely knitted the fabric and higher the quality. For example, 90/110 as well as 145/55 is available in 200 TC. While 90/110 is more expensive, it is a better choice as it is more durable.
Ask for a textile committee report – This report gives details on the thread count, reed and pick of the fabric. With this, you can compare linen of the same size from different vendors and make an informed decision. This is important because all fabrics look and feel the same in the beginning. However, after a few washes, you will notice differences in quality.
Get longer-lasting products – Linen with the best finish and longest life undergoes mercerizing, syncing, 0-0 shrinkage, anti-pilling, and centering processes. While this is expensive in the beginning, it will help you save cost on re-orders as they are more durable.
Durability is a key requirement for the hotel industry. The higher the count of yarn, the finer it is. Bed linen made of 40’s yarn often has a thread count (TC) of 200, 220, 260, or 300.
The thickness of the yarn is what lends to durability. While the feel of 40’s yarn is not as soft as 60’s yarn, it is lighter and breathes better, providing better comfort during sleep as it does not cling to the skin. For this main reason, leading hoteliers such as Starwood, Ascott, etc., choose bed linen made of 40s yarn.
Most people prefer soft and silky cloth. Known as Sateen weave, these are best when manufactured using 60’s yarn. However, they are not as durable when compared to the 40’s yarn since the yarn is thinner. While sateen looks and feels appealing initially, it is not suitable for humid climates as it sticks to the body.
Every hotel wants to be unique. However, you must be careful when customizing your products due to the cost factor. Extreme customization is easy during the project stage since order quantities are high, making production easier for the vendor. In case of an emergency or when reordering, these customized products become expensive since the vendor cannot weave small quantities. It is recommended to choose a design that is common among most of vendors to prevent potential re-ordering issues.
Poly-cotton gives you the best results for bed-making and laundry. Poly-cotton prevents wrinkles and gives beds a crisper finish. Further, stains can be easily removed on poly-cotton, thus increasing its durability and use.