Bed sheets when combined with pillow cases and bed coverings give an easy make over to our bedrooms. Bed sheets are a must use for most of us but we know very little about them. Here are seven shocking facts about bed sheets that I bet you don’t know.
1. Bed Sheets and Thread Count
Thread count is the number of threads that are woven in a square inch of a fabric. Smoother and softer sheets have higher thread counts. The thread count also determines if the bed sheet is percale or muslin. Luxury quality bed sheets have a thread count of 300-400. High-quality bed sheets have a thread count of 250-300 and feel silky on touch. Sheets with a thread count of 140-180 are muslin while higher thread counts show that the bed sheet is a percale. When selecting sheets look for ones with 200 thread counts or more. If you choose to buy cotton-polyester bed sheets look for a thread count of 220 or higher. If you want higher quality bed sheets you will definitely pay more for them as they have higher thread counts and thus they need more threads that have to be finely spun to make them.
2. Quality Bed Sheets Anyone?
Although thread count is important, the quality of the bed sheet fabric is even more important. Linen is considered the finest bed sheet fabric. Such sheets last for years and are a good investment. However, the most comfortable and durable bed sheets are cotton made. Egyptian cotton is the highest quality cotton and it feels very soft and luxurious. It also highly durable. The reason it’s so highly rated is that the Egyptian cotton fiber is narrower and longer meaning weavers can weave 1,000 threads every square inch. The end product is strong. Lightweight and durable fabric. It also gets softer the more it is used. 100 percent cotton bed sheets are the best. If they are undyed, natural and Oeko Tex certified, the better.
3. Bed Sheets Do Affect Relationships
The state of bed sheet may be a deciding factor if a relationship ever happens. Single men admit that a prospective partner has been put off by their dirty bed sheet. Single men are guilty of this bad bed sheet habit. Single men change their bed sheets average 1-3 time in a month. Women, on the other hand, changed their bed sheets on average once in a week. Being in a relationship, however, does influence the number of times bed sheets are changed. Couples change their bed sheets more regularly- 2-3 times a week.
4. Bed Sheets Can Be Breeding Grounds for One of The Most Common Parasite
Dirty bed sheets can be a breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites are tiny parasites that cannot be seen by the naked eye. They prefer to breed in dark environment and beds are known to be good habitats for them. Dirty bed sheet gives them room to thrive. The best features that allow them to thrive in bed sheets is the night warm moisture from the body and the shed skin cells from your body. Most people are allergic to dust mites with symptoms such as; itchiness, sneezing, skin inflammation and eye sensitivity. The allergic reaction can be due to dust mite feces or the dust mites themselves. In ten weeks, a female dust mite will produce 2000 feces deposits and 60 to 100 eggs. The thought of this will make you want to clean those dirty bed sheets.
5. Don’t Let Catchy Bed Sheets Titles Deceive You
Do not be deceived by the catchy titles of ‘wrinkle free cotton’, ‘permanent press’ and ‘easy care’ on bed sheets. This means that the fabric has been through a chemical process so that it does not wrinkle. Even if they are labeled organically grown, the fabric raw materials might have been organically grown but the processing might have been done through a chemical process. To keep your bed sheets wrinkle free, take them out of the dryer while still warm and slightly damp and do not fold them. Put them directly in bed. The effect is the same as that of ironing. If you want a fabric that was not chemically processed look for the Oeko Tex certification.
6. Bed Sheets Escape
In 2012 two bank robbers prisoners in Chicago prison planned an escape and used bed sheets that were tied together. They successfully escaped, the bed sheets were tied to their cell bars and they were able to scale down 15 floors from the high rise prison. The length of the bed sheet rope was 200 ft. and was knotted after every 6ft.
7. Most Expensive Bed Sheet
The most expensive bed sheet is made by Charlotte Thomas a British company. It is made from Egyptian cotton with a thousand thread count. The bed sheet also has 22-carat gold interwoven into the threads. The weavers take 12 weeks to make a one-bed sheet of this kind.