Stain Removal

  • Acids – Apply baking soda onto the wet patch to neutralise the acid or rinse well with a lot of fresh water. Wash after neutralisation. Handle with care as acids will weaken the fabric.
  • Adhesive tape – Harden with ice and remove the adhesive tape. Soak in methylated spirits or kerosene, followed by a good wash.
  • Alcohol – Wash fresh stains with plenty of warm water. If the stain persists, rub with glycerine, leave to stand for 30 minutes and rinse.

What is Percale

  • The word percale has its roots in an eastern source, although precisely where in the east is not clear. The most likely derivation is from the Persian word “pargalah” which means “rag”. The modern meaning of percale is “a closely woven fabric”. It comes from French “percale” which was a cotton fabric manufactured in France in the early 17th century.
  • Many people assume that “percale” fabrics are made from a blend of polyester and cotton. This is a common misconception in South Africa. The content of percale can vary a great deal.

Benefits of Using Cotton Bedding and Towels

  • Comfortable – Natural fibres such as cotton, absorb perspiration from the skin, preventing the “clammy” feeling often experienced with synthetic fibres.
  • Hard wearing – Cotton can withstand heavy usage, including continued laundry, giving one many years of good service.
  • Does not “pill” – Pure cotton fabrics do not pill (fibre balls on the surface of the fabric) as is the case with synthetic fibre blends.

Caring for Pure Cotton Percale Bedding

  •  Machine wash at 40°C - Ideally cotton percale products should be washed at 40°C and can be machine washed. This washing temperature will ensure that you get the longest life out of your bedding. We do realise that in certain cases this temperature is too low in order to wash highly soiled products and for that reason we have ensured that our products are oversized to allow for the shrinkage that takes place even at 100°C (the temperature of boiling water).
  • Do not bleach - Cotton fabrics cannot withstand strong bleaching agents.

Caring for Pure Cotton Towels

  • Machine wash at 60°C - Ideally cotton towels should be washed at 40-60°C and can be machine washed.
  • Do not bleach - Cotton fabrics cannot withstand strong bleaching agents. We therefore recommend that in order to achieve a long life span, the products should not be bleached. This is not always practical and in order to remove stains it is possible to use a very low concentration of household bleach on the white products.

Bed Bugs

  • According to the Allergy Society of South Africa there are about 10 000 house-dust mites, small eight-legged creatures that cannot be seen with the naked eye, in the average bed.