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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When it comes to determining the quality of massage table linen most people would argue that the best would be high thread count Egyptian cotton. It is just one of those things that people assume to be the best without giving it much thought or conducting any research. Though it is undoubtedly soft to the touch and fairly durable, there are other factors that one must consider as well. Price is one such factor.

Anyone who has purchased high thread count cotton knows that the sky is the limit in terms of price. When something has a reputation of being the best, people will unhesitatingly pay top dollar for that item. They pay the premium price because they are unaware of alternative options. The savvy consumer who researches before buying understands well that other options exist that are not only less expensive but also better performing.

Microfiber is an extremely fine fiber—which by definition weighs less than one denier per filament—that can be woven into textiles. Instead of being measured by thread count (like cotton) it is measure by grams per square meter (GSM). The higher the GSM the softer the fabric will be. Ultra-fine microfiber is made with a yarn of polyester that is 1/20th the size of a strand of silk and is significantly softer than even regular microfiber. When it comes to massage table linen, ultra-fine microfiber is the best of the best and has many advantages over high thread count cotton.

One of the most significant advantages of using microfiber over cotton is its strength. It is very tightly woven and therefore much stronger, longer lasting, and more durable than cotton. Microfiber is also naturally very soft and wrinkle resistant. This is important because not much looks worse than bed sheets or massage table sheets that are wrinkled. Other significant advantages microfiber has over cotton is that it is very breathable and stain-resistant. These are important factors in terms of longevity and comfort of any fabric, but are most notably important for linen during the warm time of the year. Microfiber is also much more cost effective than cotton. Not only is it significantly less expensive to purchase, but it will also save money in terms of maintenance due to its stain resistance and the fact that it dries 30% faster than cotton.

Upon conducting even limited research, the advantages microfiber has over cotton become obvious. It is less expensive to purchase and maintain, more durable, wrinkle resistant, stain resistant, and more breathable. It is the ideal fabric for massage table linen or bed linen both for consumers and those in the hospitality business. Those in the industry will also be pleased to know that microfiber linen is available from retailers that—unlike top dollar cotton linen retailers—will gladly accept smaller orders at wholesale prices.

by: Palmetto Linen