Percale Bed Linen: What Makes It So Special

Percale bedding is a good choice if you like to snuggle up to a soft blanket while sleeping and tend to sweat. Read more here about the special processing of this type of comforter cover, what properties percale brings with it, and whether you need to iron the covers.

Fine prints, noble embroideries: Bed linen from intricately woven percale looks elegant
Fine prints, noble embroideries: Bed linen from intricately woven percale looks elegant.
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What Is Percale Bedding?

Percale is usually made of 100 percent cotton, woven particularly densely. Due to the higher thread count, percale bed linen is very robust, feels nice and soft as well as smooth, and looks high-quality at the same time. The effect of cotton – moisture regulating, breathable, and skin-friendly – is preserved in percale.

The bedding fabric is suitable for any season but especially for summer, as it has a pleasantly cool effect. With percale, both sides of the fabric look identical. Therefore, it is also suitable for reversible bedding.

What Is the Difference Between Renforcé and Percale Bedding?

Both types of bedding are durable, moisture-regulating, and skin-friendly. However, Renforcé is only medium-fine woven. Due to their particularly fine weave density, percale bedding feels even softer than Renforcé but also costs more.

What Is the Difference Between Flannel and Percale Bedding?

Both are made of cotton and are absorbent and durable. But while percale bedding feels cool and is best suited for the summer, flannel comes with a roughened surface that is rather cuddly-warm. This bedding is, therefore, particularly suitable in winter.

What Is the Difference Between Satin and Percale Bedding?

Both satin and percale bed linen feel soft to the touch. But unlike satin, percale does not shine and is easier to clean.

What to Consider When Washing and Ironing Percale Bed Linen?

You can wash percale like normal bed linen: at 60 degrees. You do not need to fear pilling – because of the high weave density. Percale should be dried at the lowest possible temperature.

Is Percale Bed Linen Non-Iron?

Here and there, you hear the rumor that percale bedding is non-iron. However, as is common with most types of construction wool bedding, you will need to iron percale as well. The maximum temperature at which you can iron percale is best found in the manufacturer’s instructions or the washing symbols on the label. In most cases, 150 degrees is possible – i.e., level 2 on the iron.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Percale Bed Linen at a Glance

Advantages of percale bed linen

  • soft
  • durable and robust
  • cool
  • skin-friendly
  • moisture regulating
  • breathable
  • front and back identical
  • delicate prints and colors possible

Disadvantages of percale bedding

  • relatively expensive
  • ironing is necessary.
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