Perkal - what is it?

People often buy different bed linens, but few people wonder what it's made of. A lot of materials are known: satin, coarse calico, silk. There are also less popular: such as percale and poplin. Many do not even know that this is a percale. Perkal is one of the best materials used for sheets and pillowcases.

What is percale?

The percale fabric itself is thin, but sturdy, a bit like batiste. But percale looks more aesthetically pleasing, since the yarns do not twist, lie smoothly and smoothly.

Perkal is made from carded, untwisted cotton( by the way, you can use both pure cotton or linen threads, and with an admixture of polyester).Each individual thread is smeared with a special compound that firmly bonds the fabric. The result is a very dense fabric, which, incidentally, once used to create parachutes. But over time, the composition of the mites mixture has been finalized, so now the percale does not look rubbery. Moreover, it is very soft and gentle.

Perkal is not only the name of

the fabric, but also the name of the weave( cruciform).

Properties of percale

Externally the fabric seems very thin, light and unstable. But actually it is not. The density of the fabric is approximately 35 threads per square centimeter, so it is very durable and strong, in comparison, for example, with satin. In addition, percale keeps the heat well, without letting it out, does not let air in. Therefore, sleeping in such a bed is soft, warm and cozy.

Perkalevye linen does not form spools, since the threads are covered with a special mixture. It is easy to paint in any color or apply a pattern. Bright colors will stay for a long time, and the picture will not lose its clarity. Therefore it is convenient to make detailed pictures on such underwear.

Perkal absorbs moisture well, since it mainly consists of natural substances. Pillow cases made of such a fabric will not let out a single feather, which will provide a comfortable sleep. By the way, before from the percale did the covers on the pillows precisely because of this property of the material.

In Europe, perkalevaya bed is considered a luxury lingerie. But in Russia it is popular, for example, if you want to buy bed linen from Ivanovo, then without any problems you will be able to find the highest quality percale.

How to wash and iron percale?

Perkal is completely unpretentious, so it's just perfect for those who do not like to worry much about bed linens.

It is not difficult to wash percale linen: in warm water, with mild soap without impurities. The first time is best to strip in cool water and almost without soap. It is undesirable to use bleaches and powders that contain chemically active substances. The fabric slowly loses its strength, but under certain influences the adhesive composition can collapse, and this will worsen all the properties of percale. Therefore, 60 degrees is the maximum temperature for washing.

Perkal is easy to iron. The material quickly restores the shape, almost does not crumple. It slowly loses brightness, long retains its original color. But, again, under the chemical or temperature effect, the adhesive mixture will begin to descend, and with it paint. Therefore, percale can not be ironed at temperatures above 150 degrees.

So, if you choose bed linens, do not pass by an unfamiliar percale. Perhaps, satin is known more. But percale in anything he does not concede. Maybe it's a little expensive. But this fabric will last 10-15 years, it will carry several thousand washes. Perkalevaya bedding can be an excellent gift for the holiday. Yes, and in his household will not be superfluous.