Comforters are very popular nowadays, especially for Americans. A comforter is a large thick blanket designed to make sleeping a luxurious experience. If sleep is approached with proper attitude, sleep can be one of the most enjoyable parts of one's day. Anyone who knows how to truly get the most out of a good night sleep appreciates the importance of a comforter.
People make mistakes when purchasing a comforter because they normally go for the looks and try to match it with the theme of their room. Comforters that contain appealing patterns and colors are nice, but the most important purpose of any comforter is to provide comfort while sleeping.
For hundreds of years, silk has been the ultimate sign of luxury and silk comforters have many properties that set them apart from regular comforters. Silk comes from the cocoon of a moth native to China. In the use of silk production, cocoons are boiled to make them hard and kill the growing worm. The silk cocoons are stretched into very thin layers and woven together with silk threads to make a silk comforter. Depending on the thickness of the comforter, it can take up to one hundred layers of stretched cocoons for making one comforter.
The delicate nature of silk makes washing it a dangerous task. Silk is very sensitive to water and can shrink or become disfigured in a traditional wash and the only safe way to clean silk is dry cleaning. However silk comforters and made to be more resistant to water and can be hand washed or put in the washer on a gentle cycle. Before doing either one also check the manufacturer's recommendation just in case. Also when it begins to feel heavy or becomes less effective at holding in heat, put the comforter in the sun. Elements from the sun pull out moisture that can become trapped in the internal weaving of any silk product.
The weave of silk makes it nearly impossible for it to hold allergens and dust mites and makes it the perfect material for someone who is plagued by allergies. It’s the primary characteristic of silk that has helped it retain its popularity over down comforters.
Furthermore, silk holds heat in but also porous enough to draw moisture away from the body to help prevent overheating. It is light enough to be used in summer, but also holds heat well and it’s a benefit in the cold winter days.
Knowing how to properly care for your silk comforter can drastically increase the life of it and make it a fundamental part of your sleeping ritual for years to come. Sleeping in a bed wrapped in silk can be a rejuvenating experience. If you don’t already own one, go and get one. You won’t regret it.
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