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Saturday, September 27, 2014
There are few experiences as enjoyable as resting your head on a soft, fluffy pillow. This is the goal that most people have as they slowly stumble to the bedroom after a long and tiresome day.

Unfortunately, bed pillows are known to lump or flatten out. These issues are inevitable, but there are some ways to make pillows fluffy again.

A few types of pillows will flatten out when washed while others don’t. All polyester and feather pillows suffer from these issues. The problem with feather pillows is that they cannot be un-lumped; it’s actually a process that happens naturally.

Ways to Fluff Bed Pillows

One of the best ways to fluff pillows is to throw them into the dryer at least one time per month. They need to be placed in their zippered covers, and the dryer should be set to air fluff.

Another way to fluff them up involves using a fabric softener. By adding a tiny bit of moisture to a fabric softener and placing it into the dryer with some pillows, it will make the pillows smell fresh while fluffing and softening them.

Another fluffing technique involves tennis balls. After placing the pillows into the dryer, two clean tennis balls should be added to the dryer.

While the dryer spins, the tennis balls will slowly beat any lumps out of the pillows. For anyone who doesn’t have tennis balls, a pair of clean shoes can also be used.

Best Way to Maintain Fluff

After going through all of the effort to make bed pillows fluffy again, it only makes sense to learn how to maintain the newfound fluffiness. This is as simple as fluffing up the pillows every single morning.

The best time to perform this technique is immediately after rolling out of bed. This technique is especially useful when used on down pillows.

It’s important to redistribute the pillow’s filling every morning and allow the filling to breathe. It’s especially important to fluff feather pillows daily because they accumulate small amounts of moisture while you sleep.

The technique lets pillows breathe, which removes the accumulated moisture. If you’re wondering how do I fluff my bed pillows, these are some of the easiest ways.

by: Palmetto Linen

Friday, September 26, 2014
For homes to stay neat, keeping everything in order can be a hassle. Thankfully, life can become much more manageable by simply keeping everything clean and organized. Among other things, it is important to keep towels folded correctly to prevent bathrooms from looking cluttered. A few days ago we explained how to fold towels into fun animals, but what about folding towels the traditional way? Below are three tips to answer the question that every homeowner is asking, "How do I perfectly fold towels?"

1. Start by Laying the Towel Flat

The first step is to lay the towel out flat so that it is easy to work with. It is recommended to have a designated place in the home designed for folding towels. This might be either a bathroom or the laundry room where there is enough room to work. If there are a lot of towels that are going to need to be folded, it is probably a good idea put them all inside a basket to make this work easier.

2. Fold It in Half

After laying the towel flat, the next step is to fold the towel in half. This is where many homeowners go wrong, which unfortunately leads to wrinkled towels that look terrible. The secret is to make sure that the corners line up on both sides. By lining the top and bottom portions of the towel up, the final result will look great. It is also important to make sure that there are no wrinkles on the towel after it is been folded. It is recommended to check under the towel to make sure that there are no irregularities that could lead to a poorly folded towel.

3. Fold It Again

Once the towel has been folded in half, the next step is to do it again. This time, fold the towel going the opposite direction from the previous fold. On a standard size towel, this is all that is necessary to fold the towel correctly. However, it is important to make sure that all of the corners are still lining up. If one side is not lined up properly, it might be a good idea to simply start over. Since each towel only takes a few seconds to complete, homeowners should not be afraid to try again.

After finishing, homeowners should make sure that their towels are stacked up neatly. This will prevent the need to hide towels in the closet because they are unsightly. By following the above steps, towels can be easily folded in a way that makes the whole house look great.

by: Palmetto Linen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ever gone on a cruise or stayed at a resort where they fold a towel into a fun animal? People often wonder about the little towel friend innovations, and how to go about creating them. There are many different varieties that can be made, from a simple one towel swan to a two towel elephant. There are even more complicated animals to create like a towel monkey.

The first towel animal any beginner should start with is a swan. It is a simple one towel project that starts with the towel in the landscape position, and follows these steps.
Fold the top two corners downward to meet in the middle
Roll the outside edges into the center, resulting in an upward pointing arrow
Fold the arrow into a Z shape that should look like a swan
Two swan figure’s necks can form a heart shape if placed in the right position.

A more advanced towel folder can utilize more towels in each creation. One adorable towel animal of note is the hanging towel monkey, which is formed out of a bath towel, a washcloth, a clothes hanger, and two clothes pins. Again start with the towel in a landscape position and follow these steps.
Roll both sides of the towel until they meet in the middle
Fold in half with the rounded sides facing out
Face the circle ends towards you
Expose the corner in each circle slightly
Pull both left corners to the left and both right corners to the right
Hang the body from the clothes hanger using the clothes pins
Take the washcloth and fold it in half to form a triangle
Fold the sides into the middle resulting in a square
Fold the square in half
Open the folded end and pull it over the corners
Place the head between the arms and you have your monkey

These are just a few of the creative options possible when learning to fold a towel into a fun animal. Surprise a loved one with a creation that is not difficult to make and comes from the heart.

by: Palmetto Linen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
How many sets of linen do you need to keep on hand? While it's a common enough question, there doesn't seem to be a consensus on exactly how many bedsheets are really needed for the average household. Depending on the family and its "housekeeping" routine, everyone seems to have their own rule about how many extra bed linens should be purchased. What works for one family may not work for another, however.

So, How Many Sheets Per Bed, Really?:

A good rule of thumb is to have, at the very least, two sets of linens for each bed in the home, with three sets being optimal. Some families that have the budget and storage space prefer to keep several extra sets for seasonal temperature variations, color coordination and for guest beds. Keep in mind most households have different bed sizes and will need different sheets to accommodate those sizes; a queen-sized set will not fit a king-sized bed, and vice versa.

Depending on the size of the household, extra bed linens can quickly add up; for example, if there are two twin-sized mattresses with two standard pillows and one queen-sized bed with large pillows, there should be a minimum of six sets of linens(four twin-sized and two queen-sized) in the linen closet or dresser.

What About Blankets and Comforters?:

As with sheets, there should always be at least two spare blankets of the appropriate size per bed. This means if something is spilled on one set of blankets (or sheets), there is always a fresh set ready to be put on the bed, provided it has been laundered already. If the budget allows for three blankets per bed, this provides even more leeway in terms of having a fresh set ready for use.

The next time you find yourself asking "how many sets of linens do I need per bed?", remember: at least two (preferably three) sets of appropriate size per bed, including extra blankets. This can prevent the hassle of having to launder soiled sheets in a hurry before everyone turns in for the night.

by: Palmetto Linen

Saturday, September 20, 2014
An inviting guest room is a hallmark of warm, thoughtful hosts. To ensure that guests feel welcome and comfortable while away from home, there are a few simple steps one may take when prepping the guest room for visitors.

The room should be clean, of course, which requires vacuuming and dusting. If the bed has been made up for some time before the guests arrive, the covers should be pulled back to make sure it is ready for the visitors. No one wants to turn back the sheets to find a dried husk from the summer’s cricket incursion.

A bench or folding luggage rack for suitcases is convenient if there is room. An empty bureau drawer and an over-the-door clothes hanger will probably provide all the space necessary for the short-term guest’s clothing.

Prepping the guest room for visitors should also include providing bath supplies. A small basket with travel size toiletries is a nice touch. A stack of two bath towels, a hand towel and washcloth can be tied with ribbon or raffia; a seasonal bit of nature can be tucked under the ribbon, such as a flower, fall leaf or evergreen sprig.

Many people like to decorate with candles, but this should be avoided in a guest room. The visitor should feel free to use anything that is left in the open, and the risk is too great that a candle could be left burning and pose a fire threat. Instead, decorate with a stack of three or four books of short stories and a dish of bright marbles.

Finally, there should be a working alarm clock with the properly set time. The bedside lamp should be checked to ensure it has a working bulb, and there should be at least one obvious and easily accessible electrical outlet.

A clean room with basic amenities, light bedtime reading and a place to charge the phone will make any guest feel welcome and give any host a five-star review.

by: Palmetto Linen

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Quick and Efficient

Understanding how to use a steamer on bed linens requires practice but leads to smooth sheets, blankets and comforters. Any one working in a commercial establishment such as a hotel knows that ironing bedding with a traditional iron and ironing board is incredibly time-consuming and strenuous. Alternatively, a professional steam machine made for industrial purposes removes the creases and wrinkles from bed sheets efficiently. This is because the industrial-strength machines meant for motels are made long enough to insert an entire bed sheet without rotating or moving it several times. This type of machine allows a commercial establishment’s employees to prepare sheets and blankets quickly for use on beds.

Destroys Dangerous Pathogens

The intense heat from a steam machine also sanitizes bedding by destroying pathogens such as dust mites, bacteria and bedbugs. The typical steam machine is suitable for removing creases from either dry or damp bed linens, depending on its setting. Use the directions supplied by the machine’s manufacturer to start the device and have it warm to the correct temperature. Before placing a bedsheet in the device, fold it lengthwise to place it on the steam machine table. It is important to use caution when using this hot machinery to avoid burn injuries. The bedding placed on the steam machine’s table gets hot throughout the pressing process, so removing it carefully is necessary.

Use Clean Water

Companies also make small handheld steam machines for use in private residences, allowing homemakers to sanitize and smooth bedding. Someone must fill the water reservoir with clean water before turning on the machine until it reaches the correct temperature. Because these machines sometimes sputter drops of hot liquid, homemakers should use caution to avoid burns. Placing blankets, sheets and comforters on a hanger to pass the steam across the items is an effective way to remove creases and wrinkles while sanitizing the material. A steamer on bed linens works best when the head of the device is as close as possible to the wrinkled fabric. For difficult creases, turn the blankets and bedsheets to steam the other side.

by: Palmetto Linen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Few people think about the environment when choosing linens. The reality is that some traditional linen products are not eco-friendly. The manufacturing process uses large amounts of energy and sends harmful emissions into the air. Eco-Smart is looking to change this. The manufacturer has created a line of linens that have unique and environmentally responsible features. It is helpful to understand exactly what Eco-Smart linen products are.

Created From Recycled Materials

Eco-Smart products are made from all recycled materials. They use a type of fiber that is actually created from plastic bottles. The plastic is spun into fine fibers that can be used to create a wide range of linens from pillows to blankets. This is important for the environment because around 14 bottles are used to make a single sheet or pillow. These plastic bottles would have ended up in a landfill or in the ocean otherwise. The recycled materials can reduce the carbon footprint of any location over time.

Durable and Long Lasting

Eco-Smart linen products are durable and long lasting. This is because the special polyester fibers are much stronger over time than traditional fibers. They will easily resist wear and damage. Washing the linens can actually restore their feel and appearance. This is helpful because it means that the linens will last for a longer time and will need to be replaced less frequently. Longer lasting linens mean lower overhead. An added environmental benefit is that fewer resources will be used in the future to create new linens to replace the old ones since they last for so long.

Resistant To Mold and Mildew

The plastic used to create the linens along with a special treatment make some products highly resistant to mold and mildew. The treatment of the fibers prevents these types of microbes from taking root inside of pillows and other linens. This keeps rooms looking and smelling very clean. It also prevents contamination between guests. The linens will not need to be specially treated or thrown away because of unsightly mold growth. Switching to Eco-Smart linens with the ClearFresh treatment can make every bed cleaner and safer.

by: Palmetto Linen

Monday, September 8, 2014
Duvets, which originated in rural Europe, became popular throughout the rest of the world in the late 20th century. What is a duvet? A duvet is a large quilt-like bed cover, filled with down, other feathers, or any of several natural or man-made fibers. Unlike a quilt or comforter, the duvet is constructed of plain, not decorative, material. It is intended to be used with a duvet cover, and the cover is the decorative element. The duvet takes the place of the bedspread, the top bed sheet, and blankets, eliminating a step in the bed-making process.

There are several advantages to duvets. The cover can easily be removed and laundered as needed, whereas quilts and comforters, being bulkier or more fragile, require greater care when being cleaned. The duvet itself seldom, if ever, needs to be cleaned, as it is enclosed in the cover, much like a pillow inside a pillowcase. Also, duvet covers can be changed with the season, when a room is redecorated, or just whenever the owner would like a change.

One notable feature of duvets is their versatility. Some manufacturers sell a lightweight, summer duvet and a medium-weight autumn duvet, and the two can be snapped together to make a very cozy and warm duvet for cold winter months.

Duvets and covers are popular items and are readily available at most stores that sell bedding. For the do-it-yourselfer, duvet covers are relatively simple to construct, as opposed to quilts, and can be made by a moderately experienced home sewer. Duvet covers can be closed with a zipper (upholstery zippers are available in many lengths), Velcro fasteners, or buttons and tabs, for an especially decorative look. Pillow covers can be purchased, or made, to coordinate or to contrast with the duvet cover, adding color and texture to the bedroom.

A good quality duvet, well-cared for, will last for years. With the wide variety of covers that are available, a duvet is a very practical and functional option for dressing a bed with style, comfort, and warmth.

by: Palmetto Linen

Friday, September 5, 2014
Today’s towels are a far cry from the utilitarian items of old. Thicker piles, luxurious fabrics and pre-softened towels all make for a relaxing bathing experience. While towels have definitely been upgraded they still do a dirty job around the home. When it comes to washing them, there is a fine balance between getting them clean and preventing excessive wear and damage. Here’s the best way to wash towels to achieve both goals.

Before the First Use
The first washing should occur before the towels are even used to remove excess chemicals from the fabric which can reduce absorbency. Additionally, if the towels are dark-colored, the initial washing will permanently set the dye so that the color doesn't bleed. A washer filled with warm water, regular laundry detergent and 1 cup of white vinegar does the job well.

Washing Tips
Towels should be washed every three to four uses. If they are placed into a hamper until laundry day, it’s imperative that no moisture remain in the fabric, which can cause mold and mildew. Towels may be washed along with wash cloths, hand towels and kitchen towels. They should never be washed with other clothing, as the nap can damage finer materials. Proper washing procedures include using warm water and laundry detergent. Colored towels benefit from the addition of color-safe bleach, while white towels require chlorine-free bleach.

Those who prefer the feel or scent of fabric softener can add the recommended amount to the washer as well. However, fabric softeners should only be used every three to four washes. Excessive use of fabric softener creates a wax-like build up on the towels that reduces absorbency.

Drying Tips
Shaking towels as they are removed from the washing machine helps to fluff them slightly. Wet towels should immediately be placed into a dryer set to medium heat. Drying towels requires checking them frequently to avoid over-drying, which can deteriorate the fibers and decrease the lifespan. On the other hand, if any moisture remains, mildew and mold will start to , which leads to an unpleasant, musty smell.

by: Palmetto Linen