Misconceptions about Bed Sheets

Bed sheets are one of the most important and excessively used products in the hospitality industry, but little is known about them. Hotels look for durable and long lasting bed sheets but what really makes a bed sheet long lasting and durable? It may not be what you think it is. Here are some of the misconceptions about bed sheets that need to cleared, so you can make smarter choices.

Higher Thread Count Is Everything

Thread count is one of the most confusing areas when it comes to understanding bed sheets. In simple words, thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch. It is believed that the higher the thread count, the softer and finer will be the bed sheet. Textile companies want consumers to believe that a high thread counts means durable and soft bed sheets, while there is more to it such as the kind of weaving, type of cotton and more. For example, the stress on a tight weave can cause the fabric to tear apart or break down quickly, hence, don’t make your decisions based only on thread count.

 

All Sheets Should be 100% Cotton

Although cotton is the most popular fabric but there are several variations in cotton as well. Cotton is durable, affordable and breathable, however, just because 100% cottons sounds wonderful to the ears does not mean it will be in your favor. As a hotel, you must understand what to look for when buying bed sheets or covers. For example, you should look for polyester stitching on the corners to withstand vigorous institutional laundering if you want to reduce your repurchasing needs. If you want an added durability, certain percentage of polyester works well but there isn’t a formula that works every time, everywhere.

 

Bed Bugs Start to Grow When Witnessed on the Bed Sheet

You need to understand that bed bugs made their way to your hotel room long before you found blood or fecal stains on your bed sheets. There are probably generations and generations of bed bugs already replicating in your room, therefore, just because you haven’t found any symptoms on the bed sheet or mattress does not mean you are good to go. These tiny creatures are flat and can hide in the tinniest places, like in the inside of the head of a nail screw, inside wooden furniture, on the sides of the plastic objects and more. Remember that your bed sheet is not responsible to indicate that you are facing a problem and you must not expect it to.