Tried & Tested

Quality standard, wealth of experience

 

With many years experience of laundering and finishing thousands of sets of bed linens, Barker’s have become aware of the increasing number of inadequate products.

 

This knowledge has allowed us to develop a quality standard and ensure that only the best products enter our collection. After all, quality and customer satisfaction is paramount.
All bed linen styles that are chosen by the Barker Collection have been tested in commercial laundry conditions. An item from each style is washed and ironed a minimum of 40 times in line with the care label instructions. Standard domestic detergents are used to mirror domestic conditions however the finishing is carried out by industrial laundry finishing equipment which will thoroughly test an items construction durability and ability to keep its shape.

Our manufacturing process

 

The manufacturing process is an important factor in the items ability to keep its shape after laundering. Quite apart from the strength and durability of the stitching, the cutting, tearing and matching up of two pieces of fabric that make a duvet cover or pillow case is crucial to ensure that items retain their shape over years of use. After just one launder the fabric will relax and poorly made items will appear to twist and are impossible to rectify with ironing.
Stain removal ability is invariably determined by the quality of the yarn used in weaving and the thread count; the higher the thread count, the tighter the weave. The tighter the weave, the harder it is to remove established stains without the use of aggressive detergents. The lifetime of bed linen can only be determined by the amount and nature of use an item is subjected to, but all the bed linen in the Barker Collection is designed to last many years under normal conditions and with regular laundering.
We believe our product testing process will give our customers peace of mind when buying, but it’s also important to understand the characteristics of the fabrics too:

Cotton

 

• Сotton fabrics show good levels of durability and utility.

• It is a chemically stable material, it stays undamaged even under the continuous exposure of weak acids and alkali’s   – which means it, performs well during the laundering process where any stains can be removed effectively.

• It has a high water-absorbing capacity. In humid atmosphere cotton fabric can absorb 27% of water without getting damp – which means it is great for night sweats.

• Cotton fabric has very good breathable characteristics too; it is hypoallergenic, agreeable to touch – perfect for people with skin hypersensitivity.

• It has low thermal-conductivity, therefore it is an ideal material for both summer and winter clothes – In summer it helps prevent your skin from over heating and in winter it preserves the warmth of your body.

• Cotton fabrics have very low elasticity characteristics – so they rarely stretch and will keep their shape.

• Cotton is easily washable and can be ironed even at high temperatures.

 

 

Linen

 

• Linen is a strong fibre. The strength is even greater than cotton fibre – therefore it does not stress easily.
• It is extremely lustrous – It is brighter and shinier than cotton fibre and is slightly silky to touch.
• Linen fabric has very good breathable characteristics; it is hypoallergenic, agreeable to touch – perfect for people with skin hypersensitivity.
• Linen fibre has no elasticity, with recovery properties similar to cotton.
• Linen handles moisture extremely well and even better than cotton, with standard moisture regain at 10 -12%.  Which is why it is popular in humid climates.
• Linen has an excellent resistance to degradation by heat. It is less affected than cotton fibre by the heat – On the negative side; it means it makes it less easy to obtain a well-ironed finish.
• Linen is not easily affected by the sunlight compared to most other fibres.
• Linen fibre has high resistance to normal cleaning solvents. The fibre is easily damaged by high-density acids but is not affected by low-density acids, however it is not affected by the strong alkalis  – This means stain removal can be a bit more challenging than cotton. However, Cool chlorine and hypo-chlorine bleaching agents do not affect the linen fibre properties – which means superior levels of hygiene can be achieved with Linen.
• Linen fibre can however be attacked by fungi and bacteria – Mildews will feed on linen fabric, rotting and weakening the materials under ongoing intense, hot and humid conditions. However this is often protected by impregnation with Copper Nepthenate.
• Linen fibre does NOT attract moths.

The Barker Performance Test focuses on the following:

 

• Stain Removal – Will it perform well with stain removal treatments?

• Ironed Finish – Will it perform well when ironed and will creases be removed easily?

• Feel – How will it feel against your skin?

• Aesthetics and Luster – Does the fabric have sheen or a matt finish and does the light bounce of the fabric?

• Breathable Characteristics – Is it cool in the summer and warm in the winter?

• Durability and Utility – How does it perform against shrinkage, stretch and pilling?

Collection Thread Count Detail Extra Long Staple Stain Removal Ironed Finish Feel Customer Desirability Breathable Characteristics Durability & Usability Total Score
Margao 220 Heringbone Y 4 4 3 4 4 5 24
Jammu 55% Linen 45% Cotton Mix Y 3 2 2 2 5 2 17
Pondicherry 220 Pique Y 3 4 2 3 4 4 20
Varanasi 220 Percale & Ladder Stitch Y 3 4 3 3 4 4 21
Nalanda 420 Satin Hemstitch Y 3 3 5 5 3 5 24
Nilgiri 420 Satin Stripe Y 3 3 4 2 3 5 20
Zanskar 600 Fine Satin Y 3 2 5 3 2 4 19