Before buying silk sheets, several things need to be taken into consideration.
Momme Weight and Thread Count
When selecting silk sheets, you should consider thread count and momme. Silk is usually measured by momme weight. The higher the momme number, the heavier the fabric. It is recommended to select silk sheets with a momme weight of 19 – 25.
Besides, you should not completely ignore the thread count, and you can look for sheets with at least 400 thread count.
Types of Silk
Silk is divided into wild silk and cultivated silk. Wild silk comes from wild silkworms, and is less durable or resistant because their filaments are not as long continuous threads like those from cultivated silk. For sheets, however, durability is an important consideration. You had better select cultivated silk because the thread strands are much longer. But, their cost is high. Since mulberry is the only food for silkworm, cultivated silk is most commonly known as mulberry silk, and is the most expensive.
Satin vs. Silk
When you see the silk, you may be confused by the form labeled “satin silk”. In fact, satin refers to the weaving of fabrics instead of the actual fabric.
Think of your mattress
When buying silk sheets, you should consider the size of your mattress and how thick it is. For instance, you need extra deep bed linen if you have a pillow mattress.
Care of Silk Sheets
No doubt, the cost is a big obstacle for buying silk sheets. However, for some users, their biggest obstacle is that how to care silk sheets. Silk sheets are delicate and require gentle care. However, as a matter of fact, it really is not that hard.
For most silk sheets, you had better wash them by your hand for the first few times. Then, gently wash them on the gentle or hand washable cycle using a gentle soap. They should be air dried. Avoid direct sun.
Benefits of Silk
Silk sheets can be good for your health. The process of making silk from the cocoons of silkworms is a gentle one, which will not strip away the protein called sericin that it contains nor the amino acids that are in it. They make silk, mold resistant, and mildew resistant. Therefore, silk sheets are good for allergy and asthma suffers.
Silk has a great draping ability, thus silk sheets are suitable for both summer and winter. In summer, silk can keep a personal cool for it can wick away moisture. In winter, it keeps a person warm because it gently conforms to a person’s body to remain the heat.