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silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby nikimarcotte » Tue May 26, 2009 4:32 pm

I am trying to find out from people who may have actually tried using silk sleep sheets....are they really cooler than cotton in hot climates..and if it is cool out, are they warmish? i was also told to buy a TREATED silk sleep sheet,...i haven't actually found one. supposed to keep bed bugs away. does anybody know WHAT they are treated with? can a person just treat any old silk or cotton sleep sheet?

so far, silk is only winning in my books because it is smaller than cotton sheets..space is always at a premium by the end of a trip, just want to know if i will be sacrificing my comfort for that extra space.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby PaulTeolis » Tue May 26, 2009 4:59 pm

silk all the way.
I got a silk sleeping bag made in vietnam for something like $7 US.
its light, easy to pack and suits me just fine.

I found cotton liner is bulkier and a bit of a hastle...
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby sinecure » Tue May 26, 2009 5:58 pm

Silk is the way to go, when they say treated they are referring to permethrin (sp). Ours were not treated and didn't get a single bit since the weave on silk is fairly tight. They were a welcome sight since you knew were your sheet has been ;)
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby jimshu » Tue May 26, 2009 6:07 pm

Hi Nicki.
Think about where the silk fibre comes from.It's nature's protection for that developing silk moth grub.As such it has the unique ability to keep that bug warm in cool weather, and cool in hot weather.
It's also thought to have antibacterial and insect repellent qualities.
And so light and so easy to dry out.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby DanielBMe » Tue May 26, 2009 8:27 pm

Anyone know if you can get silk liners in either Nairobi or Arusha? I suspect they are far more expensive here than over there.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed May 27, 2009 12:02 am

Agreed, silk is generally the way to go. They really are cooler in summer and add insulation in winter. The one issue I have with my silk sleeping bag liner is that I tend to build up a static charge overnight, something my microfiber liner doesn't do ...
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby jimshu » Wed May 27, 2009 1:19 am

That's probably your electrifying personality explorerwannabe..... :shock:
I haven't heard of that before.I wonder how you could utilize that to recharge an ipod or something?
Could be handy out in the middle of nowhere.! :wink:
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby DanielBMe » Wed May 27, 2009 10:08 am

You don't really want to know where you have to plug the adapter into... :shock:
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby nikimarcotte » Thu May 28, 2009 8:48 pm

thanks for the input. i am going with the silk sheet. i looked into treating with permethrin and was told i didn't want that against skin. so here's hoping the natural properties of silk keep the creepy crawlies away. static...hmm...spraying it with static guard should help...maybe will take along a few dryer sheets too...i usually associate static with dry winter air. maybe it won't be a problem in humid climate. well i have lots to think about thanks everybody
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby molly1958 » Mon May 13, 2013 10:16 am

FYI - to help control static cling, place a safety pin on your hem, or under your collar or on whatever is giving you the static. Sounds silly but works.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby collywobbles » Mon May 13, 2013 2:53 pm

hiya :D :D

Can I buy a silk sheet in Vietnam?. am doing avev trip in august and I would like to get one as I read that the train trip sometimes the bed linen is not up to scratch. So I would like to get one to have. They are quiet pricey here at home.

cheers :D
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby nikimarcotte » Mon May 20, 2013 12:32 pm

yep, I saw them in markets, the roofed permanent location type...but in bigger cities not the rural ones
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby nytim » Mon May 27, 2013 12:24 pm

I have a homemade thin cotton liner. I sprayed the permithian (sp) so far no side effects.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby dhitaldiwash » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:37 pm

I would prefer silk as it has many good qualities in comparison to cotton.
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Re: silk vs cotton - sleep sheets and treated?

Postby travellin' woman » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:36 pm

Have just bought 2 silk sleeping bag liners on E Bay - made in Vietnam and very much cheaper than Decathlon or Go Outdoors. They are well made with double stitched seams but there is a slight drawback. They come in a range of colours. My husband chose red and I have a mid- blue. I decided to wash them out before we take them away on our trip in August and I'm glad I did because the dye comes out in a big, big way, especially the red. 3 washes later and a soak in salty water the blue one is fine but the red is still capable of turning anything washed with it to a fairly lurid pink and has to be washed on it's own! The dye is so strong that I think if we had slept in them on a hot, sweaty night, without washing them first, my husband would have ended up strawberry- coloured and I would have looked like a Smurf!!
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