If you have been looking at bedding linens but are not sure which ones to buy there may be some words you have seen that have you asking even more questions. Such as what is percale? We’re going to teach you everything you need to know about percale.

What is Percale?

Percale is a cloth that is woven out of cotton, polyester or a combination of the two.  From 100% polyester to a 50/50 mix to 100% cotton the percale family of linens run the gamut.

What You Need to Know


How it’s Made
– Percale is different from other cloths in the way it is colored to make your finished linens. Instead of being dyed like many other cloths, percale begins as a grey cloth that is then sprayed to take on the color you will ultimately see.

Color and Feel
– Because of the way it is colored, how dark a percale piece is can impact how it feels. Since there is a build up of color on the fabric, the color can impact the overall feel of the material. This means the darker the color, the stiffer the fabric will feel.

Thread Count and Feel – It is important to note that there is more to think about then thread count when you are considering a percale linen set. The thread count is only part of the equation. Since polyester is not as soft and comfortable as cotton, you also need to take note of the combination of cotton to polyester. A higher polyester content at a higher thread count will still not feel as good as a higher percentage cotton with a lower thread count.

Shrinkage – Percale sheets will shrink the first few times you use them. Thankfully, most manufacturers keep this in mind when making them and make them a littler larger than they need to be so when they do shrink they will fit just right.

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