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Luxury linens/sheets, are available in variety of different fibers and fabrics. Below are the most popular ones used.
Cotton - is by far the most popular.
- Cotton has great wicking properties, drawing moisture away from the body.
- Good cotton, can be wonderfully soft and is the fiber of choice for most.
Linen – feels cooler to the skin and it has excellent wicking properties.
- Linen is made from the flax plant.
- Good linen is more durable that cotton. Linen has a very different feel next to the skin especially when it is new. Some don’t care for the way it feels.
- Linen also wrinkles more than cotton.
- A set of good linen sheets are quite expensive and can cost well over $1,500.
- There are also some color limitations on higher-end linen sheets; you may only find them in white & ivory.
Silk – is super soft, however, it can be a hot fabric as it doesn’t breathe well. It also easily snags, is difficult to clean and can be quite expensive.
- Silk can also feel clingy and sticky next to your skin and you don’t want that on a hot summer’s night.
Cotton/Poly – available in a variety of ratios relative to the amount of cotton vs. poly.
- It is generally less money than 100% cotton, it doesn’t wrinkle as much as cotton; however, because of the polyester content, it doesn’t wick moisture as well.
Modal – is essentially Rayon. It is made from Beech wood trees, it is super soft, feels like silk.
- It washes like cotton and has good wicking properties.
- It can be quite expensive; a set can cost in excess of $1,000 for a set of sheets.
- We have found it doesn't wear as well as cotton.
Bamboo – Our experience with bamboo is limited. We have tried bed sheets made from bamboo. They were soft before they were washed, but were course or rough after washing. They also do not seem to last as long as Modal, cotton, or linen.
- They do offer good wicking properties, as with their other wood fiber bed sheets like Modal.
- As a note, there have been a lot of claims relative to the Eco benefits of wood fiber sheets. The Federal Government sees it a lot differently.
- The chemicals used to break down the wood fiber are very caustic.
- The fabric does not degrade in landfills quickly.
- The claims that they are antimicrobial are false.
- The FTC has sued many of the manufacturers that have made these Eco-friendly claims.
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