When you shop for bedding, you’ll find a variety when it comes to weight, color, and design. You’ll also notice many different fabric options. Some of these are quite easy to figure out. Most of us know what cotton, flannel, and silk are. They aren’t as common, but most of us also know where bamboo sheets come from. Now, there’s a relative newcomer. Microfiber bedding is becoming more and more prevalent. What is it exactly? Is it a good bedding option?
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is fabric made from very thin, synthetic fibers. It is made in laboratories, and woven very tightly into sheets of fabric. Because of this, the material isn’t very absorbent. That gives it a very solid, opaque finish.
The Benefits of Microfiber Sheets And Other Bedding
Microfiber tight weave also makes it quite stain-resistant. The density of the fabric can make it a bit warm for some sleepers in the summer. However, it does a great job of keeping you warm in cold weather.
Like most other man made materials, microfiber bedding is wrinkle resistant. It’s machine washable, and doesn’t require any extra care. You can even wash your microfiber bedding in hot water. That’s a good option if you feel as if hot water is a more sanitary option when it comes to washing your bedding.
The Downsides to Microfiber Bedding
There are a few downsides to consider. First, there are some environmental problems with microfiber. The fibers can break away in the wash and end up in oceans, rivers, and streams. In addition to that, some people with sensitive skin find microfiber to be a bit irritating. It’s not exactly breathable either.
What is The Overall Appeal of Microfiber?
As you might expect, microfiber is popular largely because it’s cheap, and can be produced quickly. It’s attractive customers because it is cheap and durable. It isn’t just used in bedding. You can find it in clothing, especially outerwear. It’s also used in upholstery and draperies.
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Are All Polyester Sheets Microfiber?
This is where there can be a bit of confusion. The answer here is no. Microfiber isn’t simply man made. It goes through a specific manufacturing process that creates the signature, microfibers and the dense fabric. Most microfiber sheets are polyester, but not all polyester sheets are microfiber. For example, many satin sheet sets are also polyester.
When Should You Choose Microfiber Bedding?
You should consider this option if you don’t to spend much time at all taking care of your sheets. This is the perfect option for just tossing your sheets into the wash. You’ll never need to iron your sheets if they’re microfiber. These are also good for guest rooms, or if you simply need to outfit several bedrooms without breaking the bank.
When to Avoid Microfiber Bedding
Some people simply don’t want to sleep under synthetic fabrics. They prefer natural options such as wool, fleece, flannel, cotton, or linen. If this is you, then you’ll want to bypass this trend entirely. In addition to this, you’ll want to reconsider your options if you want your bedding to be ‘green’. Not only does microfiber create environmental concerns when you use it, the process of making it isn’t very environmentally friendly either.