Before you ask, this is not a story about those three kids down the block who practice what they mistakenly describe as “rock music” in their parent’s garage until 2 a.m., although you may call them nearly the same thing.
No, this is about luxury linens: what they are and how to care for them.
Make no mistake – owning a set of high-quality linens is like owning a million-dollar suit of clothes that you get to wear <em>every day</em>. It’s your own personal cloud capsule and its only programmed destination is Planet Snuggle.
And, in an ideal world that’s the way it should be. We spend <em>at least</em> one-third of our lives sleeping, so why not make it amazing?
<strong>Luxury Linens Defined</strong>
There is no threshold for where standard acceptability ends and undeniable indulgence begins when it comes to <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/bedding_1574.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">bedding</a>, but the two determining factors never change: thread count and the quality of the fabric.
The bad news is that fly-by-night manufacturers have found ways to boost thread count (the number of threads per square inch of fabric) without boosting the quality of the sheet. These gauzy guerrilla tactics include layering one low-count ply on top another, counting both the horizontal and vertical threads, and cramming lots of low-quality cotton threads into spaces between spaces. The good news, though, is that sheets from reputable manufacturers can still be evaluated by thread count.
The real test, however, is in the quality of the cotton. Sheets come in all kinds of fabrics, but when it comes to comfort cotton is king. High-quality <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/sheets_12772.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">sheets</a> are 1) expertly woven, 2) with long strands of 3) well-combed cotton grown under the right weather conditions.
<strong>Cleaning Luxury Linens</strong>
<em>To wash</em>: Keep washer agitation low, don’t use fabric softener and never pour detergent directly on the fabric. The detergent should be a “gentle” formula that contains no bleach or brighteners, and only half the recommended amount should be used unless things are really messy.
Tip: Always prewash your luxury linens to help “set” the threads and avoid pilling.
<em>To dry</em>: Avoid extreme heat, and avoid the dryer altogether if at all possible. Air-drying sheets is the best method, but if you must use a dryer never dry them all the way.
<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> offers a wide selection of sheets and bedding that can accommodate every comfort level and budget so that you can craft your very own cloud capsule for voyages through the snooze universe.