What Goes Into Making Good Quality Cotton Bed Sheets?
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The quality of your bedding affects the quality of your sleep. This is why most people go into the nitty gritty when shopping for bed sheets. After all, nothing beats nestling into soft, comfortable bed sheets and waking up feeling fully refreshed!
Sheets can be made from different materials like cotton, TENCEL™, flannel, bamboo, or silk. Among the popular choices for fabric is cotton - and it is for a good reason. It is known for its soft, durable, and light material.
As a buyer, it pays to understand what goes into making the materials helping you dive into a sound sleep. Doing so will guide you in choosing the right bedding and evaluating value. Read on to know the materials, process, and all aspects of producing the best cotton bed sheets in Singapore!
What Are Cotton Fabrics?
One of the most popular fabrics in the world, cotton is made from fluffy, organic fibers surrounding cotton plant seeds. These natural cellulose-containing fibers are cultivated, spun, and woven to create durable, low-maintenance, and renewable fabrics.
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Cotton has been consumed in the textile industry for thousands of years. The earliest cotton fabric production can be traced back to the fifth millennium B.C. Until today, cotton is still widely used in clothing, medical supplies, and bedding sheets in Singapore and the rest of the world. Its softness, lightness, tensile strength, and comfort make it a top choice for non-synthetic bed sheets.
Materials Needed To Make Good Cotton Bed Sheets
As a widely grown cotton in the world, this is the most common type used to make sheets. If not specified, the material is likely made of upland cotton. It is relatively cheaper but may not be as soft as other types due to its short staple length.
Having longer, softer, and finer strands, this extra long staple (ELS) cotton promises extraordinary comfort. It is hand-picked (contrary to roller grinning or saw), thus, the fibers remain intact and straight.
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These are a few of the reasons why Egyptian cotton bed sheets in Singapore can be expensive and are often associated with luxury. Egyptian cotton is tagged as the best cotton in the world, though heavy marketing may largely be behind this notion.
Just like Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton is also popular for its superior quality. Props to its long-staple sheet giving that unrivaled softness, breathability, and durability. The silky smooth surface and natural sheen of Pima cotton bed sheets also add to the impressive look and feel.
Supima is a trademarked name pertaining to superior Pima cotton. Supima cotton bed sheets are American-grown and produced with extra-long fibers. They need to be 1.5 inches long to ensure standard durability and softness.
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Only a licensed supply chain can source the materials used to produce bed sheets. There is also a verification process to be considered Supima.
4 Aspects Of Making High-Quality Bedding Sheets
You might be wondering what makes good cotton sheets? Several factors can affect the quality and process of producing them.
Thread count or TC refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric woven in a crisscross pattern. Generally, a higher thread count signals finer fibers and softer texture. The ideal bed sheets' high thread count can range from 300 to 500 TC, but you may also go for 500-600 for increased thickness.
Beware of overly high thread count bedsheets. There could be misleading marketing claims behind them. The heat retention may also be affected given that extra threads are made to fit in one square inch of fabric. However, there could be an exception to this determined by the ply type.
A thread consists of layers or strands twisted together. Each layer is counted as one ply. Single-ply yarns are stronger, smoother, and lighter in contrast to multi-ply yarns having two to three strands.
Realistically, only 200-300 threads can fit into a square inch of fabric. But because two or three strands are counted for each thread, the number also inflates.
Some companies only use multi-ply to bump up the bed sheet thread count in making cotton bed sheets in Singapore. But these could result in weaker cotton fibers and sub-standard quality. Note that high thread count bed sheets only matter when they are single-ply or 1-ply.
Another aspect closely associated with thread count is the yarn count, the yarn size determined by its thickness and density. The higher it is, the finer the thread. An ideal base yarn count number is around 100s, but it can move up to 200 for maximum standard.
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Staple length pertains to the length of the cotton fiber. As a general rule, the longer it is, the stronger the fabric. Long-staple cotton bed sheets have fewer filament connections and are more resistant to wrinkle and tear.
Extra-long staples like Egyptian cotton and Pima have 2-inch fibers. They are most sought-after due to their longer, incredibly soft fabrics.
How Are Cotton Sheets Produced?
How the best bed sheets in Singapore are produced may vary according to the manufacturer or brand. Usually, the main steps are as follows.
The process of making good-quality sheets starts by collecting the finest and longest cotton fibers while shorter ones and other impurities are combed out. Long fibers are then spun into yarn.
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The yarns are woven or knit afterward. There are different weave methods used to construct cotton fabric for sheets. Two of the most common are sateen and percale.
With a sateen weave, more weft threads (horizontal) are passed over wap ones (vertical) as compared to percale's even distribution of one weave up and one weave down pattern. Sateen sheets have a silky feel, smooth surface, and signature sheen whereas percale has a crisp feel and matte finish.
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Finishing touches that veer away from heavy and toxic dyes or other harmful substances are typically applied on luxurious sheets. To enhance smoothness, the process might include singeing and calendaring, which are the removal of excess fibers poking out of the fabric. Pre-shrinking is also done for the anti-shrink feature even after washing. Note that higher quality cotton sheets are designed to get softer even after multiple washes.
The Impact Of Cotton Bed Sheets Production On The Environment
Cotton bed sheets are derived from natural, biodegradable fibers. However, some manufacturers in the textile supply chain may treat their cotton sheets with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde. It is used to boost the fabrics’ wrinkle-free and stain-resistant properties but is found to be detrimental to health.
Opt for Standard 100 by Oeko Tex® certified sheets because these are tested for traces of both regulated and non-regulated substances that might be harmful. Or you may switch to greener and more sustainable bed sheets like TENCEL™.
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Cotton Bed Sheets
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All our luxury sheets are responsibly made with optimum care - from cotton sourcing down to the packaging. Made of 100% extra-long staple cotton threads spun into a 600 thread count bed sheet, our cotton sets are guaranteed to be soft. The threads are finer (100 yarn count) and made into single ply to give you stronger, smoother, and lighter sheets.
Our cotton bed sheets use a four over one sateen weave pattern, creating a lustrous sheen and buttery-smooth feel that you will love! They are also certified toxin-free, adhering to Standard 100 by Oeko Tex®.
TENCEL™ Lyocell Sheets
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TENCEL™ bed sheets also gained the reputation for being more eco-friendly since they are derived from sustainable and fast-growing trees. Using a “closed loop process”, no chemical leaks occur in the production process.
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