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Sheets – Are There differences

Quite often I hear discussions about sheets and the quality that a particular customer might be purchasing. Sheets differ in thread count, yarn size and sewing quality, and for the purposes of this column I willdiscuss blends, not exotics like silk or nylon.

Sheets may be purchased in a mixture of blended yarns and thread counts per square inch. Blends are manufactured where the yarn in both directions are mixtures of polyester and cotton. Blends include 65/35 (65percent polyester, 35 percent cotton), 50/50 (50 percent polyester, 50 percent cotton), 80/20 (80 percent cotton, 20 percent polyester) and finally, 100 percent cotton sheets.

Today’s cotton and polyester blends dominate the market in sales because they provide the soft feel of cotton and the durability of polyester. The 50/50 blend is the most popular because it gives the buyer a sheet that lasts longer due to the overall durability of the polyester fiber, even as the cotton percentage is reduced by the laundering process.

Most often sheets are referred to as muslin or percale. Muslin sheets generally provide thread counts between 120 and 140 threads per square inch. Percale offers a higher thread count ranging from 180 to 220 threads per square inch. The density of the thread count determines how the sheet is “Typed.” A T/130 is the count per square inch of the filling and warp. The same is true for T/180 sheets that would be considered a higher grade of sheet – the yarn is woven tighter, producing more threads per square inch.

The durability of different blends can vary with the quality of the product. Typically, there will be more shrinkage with higher percentages of cotton, but the polyester portion helps reduce shrinkage. The answer to the question of which sheet to buy depends on the desired life expectancy, cost difference and preferred feel ofthe fabric.

The decision as to which quality sheet should be purchased is determined by initial cost differential, pilferage within your facility and the quality and comfort of the fabric. 

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”