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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018

How to Check Fabric Quality

When it comes to buying garments and linens, nothing comes close in importance to the quality of the fabric. Everything from the durability of the garments to how they look depends on the integrity of the fabric. In short, your garments/linens are only as good as what they are made of.

But how exactly can you tell when the items you are buying/renting are made of quality fabric? Here's our guide on how to check fabric quality.

Different Fabrics, Different Standards

One of the first things to understand about how to check fabric quality is knowing that different types of fabrics present different characteristics - and therefore the standards apply differently per the type of fabric. For instance, you cannot expect similar smoothness between a 100% cotton fabric and a fabric made of blended materials. The differences do not mean one is automatically the better option. Learn more about the different types of textiles and what to expect of them here.

Things to Look Out for in Fabrics
Despite the obvious differences, however, there are certain qualities to look out for that are telltale signs of the quality of the fabric - no matter the material. Here are just a few of them:

Fiber weave. High-quality fabrics feature fibers that are closely and tightly woven together. There should be no obvious gas between fibers as gaps are often an indication of weakness in the fiber quality. They make for fabrics that tear easily. Higher-quality fabrics have a more well-balanced combination of vertical and horizontal weaves, which make for stronger fabric surface.

Color. A good quality fabric should have a dyeing job to match. Look out for unevenness in tone throughout the surface of the fabric. There should be no streaks or spots. Test fabrics for color fastness as well.

Thread Count. Thread count refers to the number of thread strands per inch. A higher thread count means the fabric is tighter and more durable.

Finish. The overall finish of your fabrics should show no uneven weaves, unusual creases, or stretching in corners.

Tips in Choosing Garments and Linens
When it comes to choosing your garments or linens for your business, here are three things to keep in mind:

Price. Quality comes with a price, and more often than not, the unusually cheap items are an indication that some corners have been cut when it comes to either the material or the labor (or both). The price point should fairly match the item in appearance and quality.

Finished product. High-quality linens and apparel have a distinct appearance. The seams should be well-sewn. The buttons should be clean and even.

Source. Linens and garments are no cheap investment, so make sure to get your items only from a reliable contractor. Pick a contractor that has years of expert experience in the industry. Your contractor should be able to elaborate on the material and make of each item with confidence. Work with a company that has a good-standing reputation amongst peers in the industry and their clientele.

To learn more about top-quality fabrics in commercial linens and apparel, look through our website or give us a call at 800-378-8060 and we'll be more than happy to answer your questions!

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