In one of our last topics, we saw a variety of mattresses that almost guarantee a great sleep. Well, in today’s post, let’s find out in detail about a very durable fabric, polyester. Is it the best option for your snoozing nook? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of polyester bed sheets.
The Textile industry is one of the major industries contributing significant revenue to the economies around the world. The textile industry comprises the production of fibers and fabrics that involves knitting, designing, manufacturing and distribution of yarn, cloth and clothing.
The raw material comprises natural elements like cotton, jute, and wool; while artificial fabric is comprised by Polyester, Nylon, Spandex, etc. Though textile has been one of the oldest forms of trade, the industry has come a very long way from the early days of handcrafting.
Textiles come in infinite variations. However, one of the most popular fabrics for fashion, designing and for interiors is the renowned polyester. Invented in the 20th century, polyester has gained popularity for its durability and is often used more than any other fabric available.
Believed to be a plastic-based fiber, polyester is a man-made fabric that has gained popularity as the technology has progressed. Any fabric that is made using polyester yarns or fibers is termed as ‘Polyester’.
In scientific terms, polyester is a synthetic, man-made polymer that is used as a specific element by mixing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid.
It is sometimes a confusing task to choose the best fabric products due to the plethora of options available worldwide, especially for a good night sleep.
The bedding fabrics that are most commonly used are Cotton and Polyester. Though you’ll find cotton bed sheets almost everywhere in the market, polyester is one of the most cost-effective yet attractive options available for bedding and upholstery segment.
Pros of Polyester Bed Sheets
Polyester is a very durable fabric as the fibers used to create polyester are very strong. The wrinkle-resistant fabric is easy to maintain and can survive years of washing and therefore falls in the category of long-lasting linens.
Due to its wrinkle-free properties, polyester bed sheets do not require regular ironing, which makes it easier to upkeep. Unlike cotton, which is delicate, Polyester is strong yet an easy-to-care fabric that is preferred by many families.
The budget-friendly fabric is easy to wash and has quick drying properties, making it a hassle-free fabric adopted by the customers across the globe.
The low maintenance fabric can be easily dyed, hence it is available in multiple colors, decorative shapes and various patterns.
Polyester bed sheets give a rich silk-like look that adds up value to the home decor. However, it is not advisable to use 100% polyester fabric for bedding purpose.
Cons of Polyester Bed Sheets
But hey, you’re going to sweat terribly with polyester bed sheets!
Polyester is made through a chemical reaction that involves petroleum, the synthetic fabric doesn’t breathe, and thus makes it a material that would be too hot to sleep on.
Sleeping on polyester bed sheets would make you feel sweaty (especially in case you perspire), humid and hot resulting in discomfort. The fabric traps heat while you’re sleeping and is therefore not a great option for bedding in hot climates.
Although polyester is easy to wash, the fabric absorbs oil, oil stains and attracts dirt and dust, which make it hard to clean. A good restful night requires sleeping on a clean bed sheet, and it is advisable to use clean washed bed sheets at night.
As polyester is a synthetic man-made fabric, it can have various reactions to human beings. One of the most popular reactions of polyester is that the fabric can be irritating to sensitive human skin, which can cause rashes and itchy skin.
Though polyester is a cheaper bedding option, it traps moisture. So in case you apply body lotions or moisturizers before going to bed, the polyester bed sheet would develop tiny pills with the help of the moisture, thereby causing discomfort while sleeping.
After multiple wash and long usage, the fabric tends to feel rough as the fibers in the fabric start to stiffen. This is also one reason why we do no prefer using bed sheets for a very long period of time as smooth, soft surface is more comforting than a rough bed sheet.
On the other hand, cotton is believed to be one of the most comforting bedding fabrics that offer the highest level of comfort, reliability, and versatility. That’s also why it’s used primarily in pillows. Cotton has been one of the world’s most popular and preferred natural fabrics used for bedding.
However, the price has been one of the major factors why customers go for polyester bed sheets. Lifestyle, skin sensitivities and personal preferences need to be taken into consideration while making the right choice for bedding fabrics.
Mixed Polyester and Cotton Bed Sheet Fabric
Fabric technology has come a long way which has given birth to polyester fabric. However, cotton-polyester mix fabric is a good way to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Typically available in 50/50 or 60/40, the cotton-poly blend makes a good and affordable option by combining the “breathability” of cotton and the durability of polyester in one product.
So, that’s it for this one people!
We hope you choose the right bed sheet and slumber in comfort! Zzzzzz’s to you!