To properly care for your massage table linens it is important to understand a little about the fabrics themselves. We hope the following information will help you make your investment in massage table linens last as long as possible. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
What Exactly Are Percale Massage Table Sheets?
Percale sheets are not really a type of sheet in the regular understood sense. The term “percale” actually refers to a type of weaving method. Percale is a very old method of weaving that produces both resilient, strong and long-wearing sheets. The thread weaving method uses a single over and under process. In contrast with sateen, another material that uses this method of weaving and often gets mistaken for a percale. Sateen is woven in a way that four threads go over one thread. Sateen weaving will produce a fabric that is smooth and luxurious to the touch, but not necessarily as durable. Percale’s one over and one under weaving process produces a crisscrossing latticework of threads that results in a strong tight pattern. This very tight pattern is the source of percale sheet’s historical crispness and durability.
Percale sheets are woven to be tighter, longer-lasting and of a higher quality than many other copycat sheets.
How to Choose a Thread Count
180/200/400/800/1000 What’s the difference? Which is better? Thread count has been the source of much confusion when shopping for sheets these days.
The weaving method used and the type and quality of material (cotton/polyester or both) have as much importance on the quality, feel and durability of your sheets as does the thread count. All percale sheets will have a minimum of 180 thread count. Higher thread counts may increase the quality and original feel of your massage table linens, however; there is a point of diminishing returns. Most of us would be unable to tell the difference between a 600 thread count sheet and a 1000 thread count sheet. Higher thread counts may make your sheets feel softer, but not stronger. In fact, the opposite is often true.
Body Best Percale Massage Table Sheets are all 180 to 250 thread count.
Should you Buy Cotton or Polyester Sheets?
Percale sheets are usually sold as a blend. These blends are designed to afford the advantages of both the cotton and polyester fibers into one fabric. A fabric made from a poly-cotton blend combines the strengths of the two fibers. Poly-cotton garments are breathable, moisture absorbent, tear-resistant, and wrinkle resistant.
Body Best Percale sheets are either 50/50 Cotton Polyester Blend or 60/40 Cotton Polyester Blend depending on the size.
Are percale massage table sheets good for you?
We think so. The massage therapist who buys percale sheets is happy with the long-wearing strength, light feel and the perceived feeling of quality. Most notably, their crispness. Especially great in the summer months when a cooler client experience is often required.
How to Pre-Treat Oil Stains
These soaps are designed to break up oil and grease and work great on massage table sheets. For the best chance of getting oil out of your linens you must pre-treat within 24 hours. If this is not possible, put the linens in a black plastic bag and seal the bag. This will keep the linens away from fresh air and light which will set an oil stain in the sheets.
Wash your linens in luke warm water, not hot water. Hot water will “cook” the oil into the linens. And do not over dry the linens, as this will continue to “cook” the oil into the linens. We recommend drying at a medium temperature and removing the linens as soon as they dry. If the oil stains are not completely removed, repeat the washing process a second time.
To prevent staining to your massage linens, we highly recommend switching to a non staining massage oil, lotions or gel. We highly recommend the following non staining products:
Do Not Use Bleach When Washing Massage Table Linens
When washing your sheets, avoid using bleach as it will damage the cotton fibres and over time you will notice holes. If you need to brighten your white sheets, add 1/2 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your wash. Wash your linens in warm water with a cold water rinse.
After all oil stains are out you may dry your sheets as normal. We recommend using a low heat setting and throwing in a few tennis or wool balls to reduce the drying time. Remove linens as soon as the dryer stops to avoid wrinkles.
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