What's The Difference Between Satin & Microfiber Sheets?

Satin vs Microfiber Sheets

When looking for sheets for your bed, there are so many different options these days that it can get confusing to figure out which you need for what purpose. After all, there are percale sheets, satin sheets, silk sheets, microfiber sheets, cotton, pima cotton, Egyptian cotton, flannel, tencel, etc… how is a person supposed to know what to choose?

Fortunately, there is a lot of information about what types of fabrics and weaves are good choices depending on what you want to do with them. Let’s dive in and look at the main differences between satin and microfiber.

What Is Satin?

Satin is often confused with silk, but that’s for a good reason: high quality satin is made from silk. You see, satin is a type of fabric weave, not a fabric itself. Satin can be woven from fabrics such as silk, nylon, or polyester. Many things that are labeled as “satin” today aren’t made from silk, they’re made from synthetic fabrics instead.

The satin weave itself is very soft and smooth; this is a result of the warp yarns running from top to bottom and the weft yarns that run across them only overlap at certain intervals. There is even more than one type of satin weave and it’s all dependent on how many weft yarns overlay how many warp yarns.

Then, What’s Sateen? Is It The Same?

Sateen is also confused with satin, but also for a good reason: sateen fabrics are simply satin fabrics that are made with cotton instead of silk or other synthetic fibers. This is why sateen sheets are as smooth as they are.

What Is Microfiber?

Most of us know that microfiber is soft and smooth, as well; but it is a type of fiber used to produce fabric, not a weave. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is extremely fine, even finer than a strand of silk. Most microfibers are made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and polypropylene, a primary practical difference between the two being that the former (polyester) isn’t recyclable, while the latter (polypropylene) is.

While single strands of microfiber are weak, sheets and other products that are made with them tend to be tightly woven and quite strong, even though they don’t weigh that much. If you’re going to go with microfiber anything, make sure it’s not low quality. Price is important here, but read reviews first.

Which To Buy?

Microfiber sheets breathe very well and are soft, while satin sheets are smooth. Microfiber sheets are also hypoallergenic, often stain resistant, and resistant to dust mites and other pests. Satin sheets tend to be more expensive, because the most common type of satin sheets are made of cotton, so if you’re looking for the smoothness of satin in a cotton sheet, what you’re searching for is “sateen sheets”.

Here Are The Best Satin Sheets

Chateau Home Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheets

Chateau Home Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen SheetsThese sheets from Chateau Home Collection are made of 100% Egyptian cotton and come in 15 different colors. They include a fully elasticized fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 15 inches deep, a flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases.

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Brielle 100-Percent Sateen Modal from Beech Sheet Set

Brielle 100-Percent Sateen Modal from Beech Sheet SetThis set of sateen sheets is made from modal fibers, which is a synthetic fiber most often produced from Beech trees. It’s considered a type of rayon, because rayon comes from tree fibers. The modal used in this sheet set comes from Europe.

This set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet with 16 inch pockets, and 2 standard size pillow cases.

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Brielle 630 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

Brielle 630 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet SetThese sheets from Brielle are made of 100% Egyptian cotton and come in a 630 thread count sateen weave using single ply yarns only. The fitted sheet fits up to a 17 inch mattress and the set comes in over 10 different colors.

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Mayfair Linen Bedding Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheets

Mayfair Linen Bedding Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen SheetsMayfair Linens are known for good quality sheet products and these are no exception. This set is made of 100% Egyptian cotton and comes in 8 different colors. The fitted sheet will fit up to a 16 inch mattress.

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Here Are The Best Microfiber Sheets

 

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Bed Sheet Set

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Bed Sheet SetMalouf has always produced top quality bedding, so it’s no surprise that these double brushed microfiber sheets are top of the line, also. They come in over 12 different colors and they will fit mattresses from 6” to 18” deep.

The fitted sheet is also fully elasticized, which means the elastic goes all the way around the sheet and isn’t just in the corners.

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Beckham Hotel Collection Microfiber Sheet Set

Beckham Hotel Collection Microfiber Sheet SetThese bed sheets are soft, comfortable, wrinkle-resistant and stain resistant. For the price, it’s hard to beat the quality of these. They come with a fully elasticized fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 16” deep, a flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases.

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Southshore Microfiber Extra Deep Pocket Sheet Set

Southshore Microfiber Extra Deep Pocket Sheet SetThese are the deepest pocket sheets that we’ve found in microfiber thus far. The fitted sheet will fit mattresses up to 21” deep. They come with 4 oversized pillow cases (except for the twin size, it comes with 2). If you use a mattress topper, these are likely to be the best fit that you’ll find. They come in over 15 different colors.

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Sonoro Kate Bed Microfiber Sheet Set

Sonoro Kate Bed Microfiber Sheet SetThis set from Sonoro Kate is 1800 thread count and includes a fully elasticized sheet capable of fitting mattresses up to 16” deep. It includes 2 standard size pillow cases and is resistant to fading, shrinking, wrinkles, and stains.

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The Best Baby Satin Bonnets

Bonnets for newborn babies have been common for a long time and have more than one purpose. Some new mothers use them to help keep their babies warm, especially in cooler climates and they’re often used immediately after birth. The general rules for babies as far as temperature is that if you’re cold, your baby is probably cold, too. Bonnets can be useful if your baby is born in the winter and you have no choice but to take the baby into the cold for whatever reason. Things happen and bundling up your little bundle of joy is the best thing to do.

Other new mothers like to use newborn baby bonnets simply because they’re cute when taking pictures of the new addition to the family. No matter which way you go, infant satin bonnets are a mainstay when it comes to what you’ll dress your baby in.

Bonnets are also useful for the baby to sleep in to help keep them warm, because using blankets to keep them warm can be dangerous.

Here are the best satin baby bonnets below.

newborn-minnie-mouse-satin-bonnetMinnie Mouse Pink Baby Bonnet

This bonnet with Minnie Mouse on it is made for little girls from age newborn to 3 years old and is reversible. Machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on low temperature to maintain the quality of the bonnet. The exterior is cotton and the interior is made of pink satin.

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baby-sleeping-satin-bonnetNewburn & Babies Hair Bonnet

This next bonnet is made of satin & water resistant microfiber, so it can be worn both ways. It also can be used by newborns and children up to 3 years old. It measures 15 inches maximum.

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blue-satin-baby-bonnetNewburn & Babies Blue Hair Bonnet

This blue satin & water resistant microfiber bonnet is also reversible and comes in a soft blue color, perfect for baby boys. Like the previous bonnet, it is for infants and kids up to 3 years of age.

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hello-kitty-baby-bonnetHello Kitty Baby Hair Bonnet

The last one we have is a Hello Kitty bonnet that has a cotton pattern exterior and a light pink satin interior. It’s made in the USA and it has 18 inches of elastic, so you’re sure to be able to fit it onto your toddler or young child.

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Handling Mold In Your Home

As a homeowner it is pretty easy to sum up what one’s responsibilities are. Your job is to ensure that the home is fully operational and a safe environment for your loved ones to live in. However, when you are up against an opponent as dangerous as water damage you can never be too careful, especially when water damage takes the nasty form of black mold. If you are a homeowner who is suspicious that there is black mold in the house then you need to be very careful. Here are some of the things black mold can do and what you need to do if you find it in your home.

What It Does To Your House

Black mold is a highly corrosive substance. It travels throughout your home by sending out microscopic spores that latch onto any surface that has moisture and warmth. These spores are nasty in terms of what they can do to your home. The first thing that they will do is start to massively discolor your walls. At first the walls will just look splotchy but over time you will see some serious damage. If they work their way to the wooden structure of your home then you are looking at a substance that can eat away at that structure. It will not be too long, less than a year, before you start to realize that the structural integrity of your home has been massively and dangerously compromised. If you suspect you have black mold growth in your home then you need to call in the experts at Damage Control 911.

What It Does To You

Black mold is one of the absolute worst substances that you can come in contact with. When black mold sends out the microscopic spores to spread into your home those spores fly through the air. When this happens you run the very real risk of inhaling some of the mold spores. When this happens the spores attach themselves to your lungs. This is the cause of serious respiratory problems. Not only could you and your loved ones become incredibly sick there is also a serious risk of death as year after year a sizable number of people die due to mold exposure. Call in an expert from Damage-Control 911 if you suspect mold growth or water damage in your home.

Here is a video that will walk you through cleaning up mold in your home:

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Make Your Bed Luxurious With Egyptian Cotton Sheets

 

The bedroom is definitely our sanctuary after a long day at work or any day really. Get a bite to eat, take a hot bath or shower and be ready to his the sheets! Well, maybe not if your have old ratty sheets, or scratchy sheets or sheets that are so thin you may as well be sleeping on and covering up with tissues. A comfy bed needs nice sheets and don’t you deserve them anyway?

When most people shop for bed linens they go to the big chain department stores because they usually have an acceptable variety of colors and sizes. This does not necessarily meant hey will have the best options available when it comes to Egyptian cotton. You can search on line to find other options besides the big chain stores.

Thread count is another thing that consumers look for when it comes to sheets. Most people will buy a 300 or 400 thread count because they are a little thicker and will hold up to more washes and drying over the coarse of a few years. Those that like a really heavy sheet will shoot for 500, 600 or an even higher thread count.

You can have the highest thread count available, but if the cotton isn’t Egyptian cotton, you will still be losing out on not only the durability factor, but the softness and comfort factors as well. You may well wonder what is so special about Egyptian cotton and it is relatively simple. Cotton grown in the very moist Egyptian climate tends to have longer fibers. In turn the longer fibers are spun more easily into thinner thread.

All Egyptian cotton sheets might not be soft and supple when first purchased, but the great thing is that each time they are washed they will become more and more luxurious feeling. Use as little detergent as possible and wash your sheets separately from other clothing or household items. There is no need to use fabric softener because they will come out soft anyway. The less chemicals your luxury Egyptian cotton sheets are exposed to, the less breakdown there can be in the fibers. This is true for any type fabrics.

While it is important to have great sheets on your bed, the importance of having the right mattress is essential too. Choose the right size bed frame that meets your needs and the mattress that best suits you. Too soft and you won’t sleep well, too hard and you still won’t sleep well. Once you have the right bed, it makes it that much easier to make it up with stylish, attractive bed coverings and pillows that will accentuate your space as well as being the most comfortable.

When you buy new bed sheets, invest in better quality longer lasting Egyptian cotton. You may end up spending a little more money now, but you won’t regret it in the long run. Also look for other items made with Egyptian cotton too like towels, shirts and so on.