Have you ever heard of the cotton identify theft? Manufacturers and distributors mark some low-quality cotton as Egyptian cotton to own much higher profit. To get the truly Egyptian cotton sheet, you can check labels, feel the sheet, and ask some questions of the manufacturer.
1. Read the Label
- Cost. You should first check the price when you see the term “Egyptian Cotton” on the package of sheets or the duvet cover. If the price is surprisingly low, this sheets or products probably are made from short fibers of Egyptian cotton. Conversely, the sheets are made of superior long fiber cotton are the best choice for you. Sheets with short fiber will easily pill and quickly show wear.
- Ply. Look for the word ply on the label to get high-quality Egyptian cotton. Do not choose products with multiple-ply, two-ply or four-ply because these products are made with short fibers.
2. Feel the Sheets and Duvet Covers
To spot products using low-end Egyptian cotton or even polyester blends, you can feel the sheets yourself and check the following 3 things.
- Sheen. Real Egyptian cotton sheets have a sheen that indicates quality. Instead, sheets made with shorter fibers and lower quality cotton look somewhat faded.
- Thickness. Sheets made with long-fiber, 100% Egyptian cotton make you feel comfortable because they have a higher thread count and have more volume to the touch.
- Stitching. Choose sheets with quality stitches. If the maker has not done a proper job, instead using shortcuts, you will find telltale signs of pin-tucking around edges, which will have a negative impact on the lifespan and the look of your sheets.
3. Ask the Manufacturer
You can call the manufacturer if you still wonder if it is Egyptian cotton and ask them about the fiber length of the cotton in use.
You can assume that the product uses low-end cotton if they don’t know what you’re talking about, and don’t believe them if they try to tell you that all Egyptian cotton is the same.
If they can explain the differences between in long fiber length and short fibers with multi-ply strands used to make sheets, you can trust them.