(a) FABRICS / SHELLS
Duvets/comforters and pillows have to be very resilient if it comes to resisting the "wear and tear" of daily usage with sometimes even very strong "physical" forces working on the product. Nonetheless, the products should also provide a light feel and a pleasant temperature within the bed. Accordingly, the fabric has to be woven very neatly and tight in order to prevent the feathers and down from poking through, but at the same time air-permeability is essential to insure the capability for transporting the body humidity of the hotel guest to the outside and releasing it to the air.
A natural product is best capable of providing these features, therefore, we are using only the finest 100% cotton for our fabrics that do fulfill the PAS 1008 as a basic precondition for later on i.e. being able to make use of the NOMITE® lable for ready-made, naturally filled products. There are different types of weaving, each with certain, special characteristics, depending on the purpose:
The twill-weave is mainly used for pillows. Both warp and weft yarns are stronger than what is normally used for cambric or sateen, because the physical demands on a pillow (the weight of the sleepers head etc.) are higher. The type of weaving is comparable to fabric that is used for a pair of jeans, for example, and provides a high stability. The fabric is woven in a 2:1 construction, i.e. one weft yarn runs beneath two warp yarns before running above one warp yarn.
The cambric-weave is mainly used for duvets. This fabric is also called calico-weave and is woven in a 1:1 construction, i.e. one weft yarn crosses a warp yarn on top before crossing the next beneath. This weave is also feather and down proof but offers thinner threads which makes the surface softer and smoother. Due to its construction, the cotton quality and the lighter weight it is dominately used for feather and down fillings with a down content of 15% and above.
sateen-weave (or atlas-weave)
Fabrics of this type are known for their elegant finish and the very soft touch. It is woven in a 4:1 construction and usually has a very shiny surface. This construction is only suitable for pure down fillings and of course down proof.
(b) DOWN & FEATHERS
In general, basic rules apply: feathers and down of a goose are more valuable than that of a duck, white feathers and down are more appreciated than grey, down is higher in value than feathers. There are lots of different options on how to blend these components, such as feathers and down together (i.e. "100% down" as the most valuable component ó "50/50% down and feathers" as one of the many steps in between ó "100% feathers" as a competitive priced alternative). Such blends can be achieved and displayed in accordance to various norms worldwide. In Europe, products are being labeled in accordance to the EN 12934: i.e. "new white goose down and feathers, 90% down / 10% feathers, class I, as per EN 12934". Further information in regards to down and feathers can be found on the webpage of the EDFA (European Down and Feather Association).
Originally, only due to price reasons, synthetic filled products (duvets / comforters, pillows and mattress toppers) became more and more popular in hotel business. The disadvantages of synthetic filled versions compared to traditional, natural filled products, such as hygroscopic ability, comparative less snuggle effect and shorter lifetime have been taken into consideration and accepted for the advantage in price.
Today, it is only a small, but consistent number of guests who, despite product developments such as NOMITE® or scientific research, still believe in allergic reactions towards the natural filling material. These guests cannot and will not enjoy the uncomparable comfort of sleeping under a naturally filled duvet. For them, the use of synthetically filled products is a must!
Accordingly, it is recommendable to always have a certain number of synthetic products available for exchange, to offer any guest a comfortable experience. This is possible with synthetic products as well, provided the right quality is chosen.
As a licensed manufacturer of ADVANSA (products formerly known under the name of DuPont), we have developed several synthetic product lines that do provide best possible comfort with lasting durability of the products despite the heavy ware and tare of daily hotel-requirements.
Try our "hanse90" range - it offers a best possible balance between comfort and easy handling for the housekeeping. This product line resists a washing temperature of up to 90°C and a drying temperature of up to 60°C - synthetic comfort even after regular laundry cycles - just what people suffering from allergies do expect and hope for.
Any size is possible, depending on the desired room/bed-setup. Also the degree of warmth/weight can be adjusted, depending on the regional climate.
(d) ADDITIONAL FEATURES
- Products equipped with this lable are suitable for people suffering from house dust mite allergies
- OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, Class I
- Products are free of harmful substances / tested safety for skin-friendly textiles
- EN STANDARD
- All products strictly do fulfill the labelling as per EN 12934 in regards to the natural filling materials used.
- DAUNASAN® / DOWNAFRESH®
- Our products and our processing of the feathers & down does fully comply to the hygienic requirements of the EN 12935.
- INHOUSE LABORATORY & INDEPENDENT TESTING
- On a continuous basis, our production is being screened and the ready-made products are being tested for compliance to the promised standards, both, internally through our own, EDFA recognised and certified in-house laboratory, as well as regular tests being executed by independent and acknowledged test institutes.
- Only pre-shrunk fabrics are being used for our duvets, pillows and mattress toppers to avoid further shrinkage after washing and drying during daily use
- FULLY WASHABLE
- METAL DETECTOR TESTED - all products pass a metal detector test before leaving our production facilities