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Bedding:

Bedskirt: is a flat piece of fabric with a skirt sewn to three sides. It is used to cover the box spring of a bed and hangs to the floor, and is also known as a dust ruffle.

California King: a bed that measures 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. This is slightly narrower and longer than a Standard King size bed. This size bed is popular on the west coast.

Combed cotton: Fibers are put through a process to eliminate short fibers and leave just the longer ones. Removing short fibers can help reduce shedding and pilling.

Comforter: bedding made of two layers of fabric filled with down or other material and stitched together. A comforter covers the top of your bed but usually does not come down to the floor. It is smaller than a bedspread.

Cotton: in bedding, cotton refers to the fabric woven from the fibers of the cotton plant.

Cotton Sateen: this cotton is finely woven to create soft smooth fabric with a silky sheen.

Down: the soft layer of feathers of a goose or duck found under the tougher outer layer of feathers. Down is used to provide lightweight warm padding in bedding.

Duvet Cover: a protective cover, usually decorative, for your comforter. It has with an opening at the top that your comforter slips into. It is secured by ties or buttons.

Full: a bed that measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. Sometimes referred to as a double bed.

King: a bed that measures 78 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Organically Grown Cotton: cotton that is grown without pesticides and from plants, and which has not been genetically modified.

Pique Weave: a weave of medium weight cotton in a raised design resulting in a square pattern.

Poly Satin: fabric constructed from polyester using a weaving method called satin. It is smooth and glossy on one side and dull on the other.

Queen: a bed that measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Quilt: bedding made of two layers of fabric stitched together with a layer of batting in between.

Thread count: the number of threads going in both directions counted in one square inch of cloth.

Twin: a bed that measures 38 inches wide by 75 inches long and is made for one person. Sometimes referred to as a single bed.


Bath:

Absorbency: terry cloth loops act like little mops, wiping water off the skin. Since terry cloth made from premium fibers (which produce finer yarn) has taller loops and more of them, it can wick a greater amount of water off your body and absorb it quickly.

Ring spun: fiber, usually cotton, which is spun prior to knitting, so it’s finer, softer and more durable than ordinary cotton.

Terry cloth: cotton terry towels are woven on a loom, which utilizes an additional yarn to form loops, normally called “pile”. These are uncut loops on one or both sides.

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