Fabric Quality Considerations: What You Need To Know

Fabric Quality Considerations: What You Need To Know

Published on Feb 28th 2014

Fabric Quality Considerations: What You Need To KnowWhen purchasing a robe, there is more to consider than just the price. In fact, the quality of a robe’s fabric is the discerning factor when choosing a robe that maximizes comfort. At first, whether it’s for yourself, someone else, or prospective clients, you may be inclined to buy the cheapest robe that is physically closest to you. Although that doesn’t mean you can’t find a quality robe this way, the types of fabric used to make the robe will determine how long your robe(s) will actually last and whether your purchase is actually worth it!

Simply put, the higher the quality of the fabric of the robe, the longer it will last and induce comfort and warmth. Since a robe is something you’ll want to use often, whether it’s before bed, after bathing, or just lounging at home, you don’t want to compromise the value of your investment by buying something that isn’t made to last! Furthermore, if you’re a spa or hotel owner and are unsure about how to find a robe that will leave your clients coming back for more, we’ve got you covered.

Weave

Regardless of which high quality fabric a robe contains, ones that will actually last have multi-needle stitching. If a weave is not tight enough, carefully crafted, or does not have a small loop, then you can be sure that your robe will last as long as a robe with poor fabric quality.

Fabric Weight

Since robes are designed for specific needs, fabric weight is an extremely important consideration regardless of where you live. Even if a robe feels soft and provides desired comfort, you will not be satisfied if you are using the wrong robe for the wrong climate.

With that in mind, make sure to opt for lighter weight robes if you live in a warm climate. Conversely, cold climates require heavier weight robes that are long enough to warm a your legs. Lastly, in terms of washing, weight is an important consideration when determining the longevity and dryability of a robe. Overall, a robe should become softer the more it’s washed. If you are noticing that your robe is becoming coarser throughout time, then you have not picked a robe that is made to last.

High Quality Fabric

High quality fabrics for bathrobes are ones that are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, soft feeling, and fast drying. If you’re not familiar with high quality fabrics that should be found in your next bathrobe, here is a detailed list that explains the benefits of using such fabrics and why they make a bathrobe last:

•    Cotton

Arguably the world’s most favorite and needed fabric, cotton is ideal for most clothing as it breathable, easily washable and doesn’t feel sticky against your skin. These qualities make it smooth, soft, and extremely comfortable. Of course, the quality of cotton has its ranges, too. For instance, the quality of your cotton is dependent on the length of the individual fibers, where the longer the fiber, the better the cotton. Lastly, longer fibers can be combed and spun to produce an even finer thread with more durability that is woven into a softer, more lustrous fabric.

•    Organic Cotton

Possessing the same qualities as regular cotton, organic cotton is a high quality fabric that has a low impact on the environment. If sustainability is at the forefront of your robe purchase, this is the way to go. Yes, it might cost more money, but you can sleep better at night knowing that you purchased a robe with a fabric that wasn’t subjected to toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Considering cotton is used for 50 percent of the world’s fiber needs, it’s quite startling to realize the harmful effects the traditional cultivation of cotton has on the environment.

•    Velour

Since the name says it all, this fabric feels like velvet! More specifically, it is a slightly stretchy fabric with a high file that feels like it’s conditioning your skin. If softness is your main priority in a bathrobe, then you’re going to want to choose a robe that contains cotton velour. Encompassing the qualities of cotton and velour, cotton velour is natural velour that contains at 20% polyester for strength and durability of the fabric. Like cotton, you’ll find that velour’s keep you dry due to the fact that the pile of the fibers allow for more airflow and space between the skin and wetness.

•    Terry

Owning a terry cloth robe has a lot of advantages, therefore, it’s no wonder that this fabric makes for a perfect robe! By definition, terry cloth is a fabric that contains long loops that absorb a considerable amount of water.

Depending on the quality of the robe, terry cloth is either made with polyester or 100% cotton. Terry cloth’s level of absorbency varies by loop size, meaning the longer the loop, the more water the robe will absorb. Overall, terry cloth robes will last long, withstand the wear and tear of frequent washing, and keep your body warm.

•    Polyester

A common fabric used in apparel, polyester is known for its strength and durability. It is more resistant to shrinkage than cotton and tends to hold its shape better in the long run. To capture the benefits of both fabrics, polyester is paired with cotton to ensure the cloth’s breathability.

•    Polyester Fleece

Right off the bat, fleece is recognized for its warmth. If you live in a cold climate, then most of your winter gear is certainly made with fleece. The same idea goes for using fleece in a robe! With a soft and pliable texture, fleece encompasses strength and comfort, as it is a two-sided pile material. Like other high quality fabrics, polyester fleece is moisture-resistant and dries quickly to keep you warm in cold weather!

Questions?

Still unsure about which robes are the best? Our team of specialists will point you in the right direction for your own personal robe or robes for your spa/hotel clients. Visit www.bocaterry.com/products/bath-robes or give us a call toll free at (877) 421-6001 for more information.

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